Tanya Stephan is a director of prime time observational documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV. Her films have been nominated for awards including Grierson and Royal Television Society Awards. Her latest film for BBC2 "Life and Death the Pentecostal Way" was made for the Black and British Season and was voted Best TV Programme runner up at the Sandford St Martin Trust Religion & Ethics Broadcasting Awards 2017.
Judges described the film as "Beautifully crafted and intimately shot...it was a film that stayed with you long after the TV was switched off".
She has a strong track record as a series director - on Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Inside the Post Office (BBC2) about a year of crisis in one of Britain’s oldest, and biggest institutions; and the first Liberty of London series (C4) watched by over 2 million viewers. And she has series produced, overseeing six films about police detectives for Married to the Job (ITV).
Many of her authored single documentaries are films that she secured commissions for based on exceptional access. She made the first film ever shot inside a Muslim faith school (Muslim School C4) and also followed the unprecedented story of an egg donor tracing her donor conceived children, filmed over 18 months (Donor Mum BBC One).
The critics on previous films:
An exceptional and profoundly moving documentary... momentous and fascinating both medically and ethically. It will knock you sideways ***** Time Out ("Donor Mum" BBC One)
Immensely valuable - The Observer ("Muslim School", C4)
Rarely has television depicted mental illness so unflinchingly - The Times ("Inside My Head", C4)