Julian Murphy

Company Director

Julian is co-creator and Executive Producer of the company’s first commission the 13-part action adventure series Atlantis for BBC1 and BBC America.

Julian graduated from Cambridge and worked as a director in theatre before moving into television as a script editor for Yorkshire TV and Central. He edited a number of hit shows including Boon, Inspector Morse and Peak Practice before joining the BBC as Executive Producer working on a number of programs, including the award-winning Preston Front, Dalziel & Pascoe, and Dangerfield. He later went on to produce the first series of The Scarlet Pimpernel (BBC) and the first two series of As If (C4).

In 2002 he and Johnny set up the drama department of Elizabeth Murdoch’s new production company, Shine. There they created and produced many international hits including the International Emmy Award-winning Sugar Rush (Channel 4), Synchronicity (BBC) and the multi-award winning Merlin (BBC1).

In 2019, Julian executive produced an 8-part adaptation of HG Wells' War of the Worlds starring Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern, for Fox Networks Group and Canal+. The series aired in France to record ratings, and drew worldwide acclaim. A second series is set to film in 2020. 

2020 will see the launch on Netflix of Urban Myths' 8-part sci-fi series The One, executive produced by Julian. He is also executive producing a new 8-part thriller from Joe Barton (Giri/Haji) for Sky which will be broadcast in 2022.


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