Tanya Stephan is a director of prime time observational documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV. Her films have been nominated for numerous awards including Grierson, Royal Television Society and RTS Education Awards.
She began directing documentaries with a film following the case of Zoora Shah who was given a life sentence for killing her partner with arsenic - told from the perspective of her daughter Naseem Shah. 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 Series Directed two major documentary series: Signed Sealed Delivered: Inside the Post Office (BBC2 9PM) about one of our oldest national institutions battling to reinvent itself, and the hugely popular first series of Liberty of London (Channel 4, 9PM). She has also directed many authored singles, some of which she's secured commissions for based on exceptional access (Donor Mum BBC One, Muslim School C4).
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)
It's reassuring to have someone like Stephan behind the camera (Women in Film)
Rarely has television depicted mental illness so unflinchingly - The Times ("Inside My Head", C4)