Peter Firstbrook has over 30 years of experience in TV and film production as a director, producer, writer and executive producer. For most of his television career, he has specialised in making documentaries on history and international social issues, but his credits also include TV commercials, live outside broadcasts, ‘event programming’, drama, concerts and radio. He has extensive experience in running large budget productions, complex international projects and motivating large production teams. He also represented the BBC with the One World Group of Broadcasters for six years.
His 1999 documentary, Lost on Everest, was BBC Worldwide’s biggest grossing documentary and has won seven international awards. The Man Who Learnt to See (BBC2) won the 2002 RTS best single documentary, and To Courtney with Love (BBC1) won the 2005 RTS best documentary award. In total, he has accumulated over thirty international awards for his television documentaries.
Peter Firstbrook has also published five books and a wide range of magazine articles. His international best-seller, Lost on Everest, tells the fascinating story of the discovery of the body of the great British climber, George Mallory, high on the north face of Everest in 1999 – 75 years after his fatal attempt on the summit. Lost on Everest won first prize at the prestigious international Trento Mountain Book Festival in 2001 and has been translated into over six languages.
The Obamas: the Untold Story of an African Family, traces the African ancestry of President Obama back over twenty generations and tells the extraordinary story of the migration of the Luo tribe (and Obama’s immediate ancestors) from southern Sudan to western Kenya over the past 400 years. Research for the book took Peter Firstbrook to Kenya five times between November 2008 and September 2009. The book is published in the UK by Preface Publishing on 1 July 2010 and in the USA by the Crown Publishing Group in mid-January 2011.
The research for his most recent book, A Man Most Driven: Captain John Smith, Pocahontas and the Founding of America, took Firstbrook across three continents in his search for the truth behind this most controversial of Jacobean adventurers. Many of Smith’s claimed exploits are so over-the-top than historians in the past have dismissed his writings as the work of a self-promoting fantasist. Travelling across France, Hungary, Transylvania, and on to Turkey and Istanbul, Firstbrook literally carried a GPS in one hand and Smith’s writings in the other, as his put Smith’s more outrageous claims under forensic scrutiny.
Peter Firstbrook divides his time between London and Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight; he is married to Paula Hixenbaugh, an American and an Emeritus Professor of Psychology in London. They have four children.
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