Director's Debut: Stephen Tompkinson's Story

Actor Stephen Tompkinson steps behind the camera in his directing debut.

We see Stephen attempt to manage the incredibly tight constraints of a fast turnaround drama, The Lightning Kid, as he begins a journey that few actors ever have to worry about. This is more than learning lines, turning up and performing them. Stephen is responsible for the script development, casting and making demands on his peers in the industry – the actors.

Filmed in a fly-on-the-wall style and inter-cut with interviews, this documentary explores the highs and lows of Stephen’s first steps on the directorial ladder.

TX: Friday 28th April 2006, 14:55, BBC One

Executive Producer: Tommy Nagra

Producer/Director: Irshad Ashraf

Production Manager: Duncan Nichol