Jay said radio was always his first love. But he became increasingly passionate about telling stories with pictures. In fact, over the nine years he worked in television, he fastidiously honed his eye to getting a good shot and delighted in the wider audience and appeal TV afforded.
From the early days of working on the BAFTA-winning History of Modern Britain, Jay carved out a niche making ‘high-end’ history/current affairs documentaries for the BBC, on wide-ranging subjects from global economics to a portrait of the 1990s and Barack Obama’s presidency.
The last film Jay worked on – and the first for which he received a credit as Director – was Boycotts and Broken Dreams: The Story of the 1986 Commonwealth Games, which was produced by Martin Conaghan and Murdoch Rogers for BBC Scotland.
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Other productions included:
|The Science of Space Dive||Edit Producer||BBC for BBC2||Graeme McAulay|
|Matt Frei’s Obama and Me||Assistant Producer||Oxford Film & Television for Channel 4||Ashley Gething|
|The Lost World of the 70s||Assistant Producer||BBC for BBC2||Michael Cockerell|
|The Party’s Over: How the West Went Bust||Assistant Producer||BBC for BBC2||James Giles|
|Mixed Britannia – a History of Mixed Race Britain with George Alagiah||Assistant Producer||BBC for BBC2||Fatima Salaria|
|Brands That Make Billions||Assistant Producer||BBC for BBC2||Pam Sealy|
|How to Win a TV Debate||Assistant Producer||BBC for BBC2||James Giles|
|Total Recall – The Story of Toyota||Assistant Producer||BBC for BBC2||Graeme McAulay|
|Yes We Can, The Lost Art of Oratory||Assistant Producer||BBC for BBC2||Roger Parsons|
|Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain||Researcher||BBC for BBC2||Fatima Salaria|
Jay started out in radio working on BBC Radio 4 programmes such as ‘Thinking Allowed’, ‘All in the Mind’ and ‘Crossing Continents’. One of his favourite pieces was a series for Radio 4 called ‘Meeting Mandela’ about ordinary people across Britain who had met Nelson Mandela.
|Meeting Nelson Mandela||5 x 15 min doc||Producer||BBC Radio 4|
|The Reader||Drama||Producer||Goldsmiths University of London|
|The Other Olympics||Audio slideshow||Producer||Christian Aid|