Vijay Mavjee, Senior Development Executive

Vijay Mavjee has worked in factual television for over 20 years. Working with former BBC commissioner André Singer at Café Productions, he developed and produced multipart science series for Discovery Channel and National Geographic. He continued his collaboration with André Singer at West Park Pictures, well known for the various BBC Stephen Fry series. As Head of Development at West Park Pictures, he oversaw a broad slate of programming, from travel to arts, history and science. He represented the company at all the major TV markets around the world and is well-known in the international TV circuit. He has been involved in many co-productions and in bringing together complex co-production financing. Earlier, he worked for several London indies, including KEO Films on BBC films, Transatlantic Films, RDF and Darlow Smithson Productions where he developed and produced National Geographic shows (Seconds from Disaster) and brought the 13-part series Situation Critical to commission for National Geographic. Vijay also has a doctorate in sleep science and has published articles in scientific journals on sleep.

Midnight Oil Productions was established in in 2013 when BBC America having commissioned two one-hour films then commissioned a 13-part series, The Doctors Revisited with UKTV Watch. When it aired on UKTV, The Radio Times nominated each episode as “Pick of the Day”.

In 2014 one of our significant commissions for PBS was a one off documentary Unlocking Sherlock which looked back at the history of the great detective and included interviews with Steven Moffatt and Mark Gatiss co-writers of the current TV series.  WGBH also commissioned three behind-the-scenes shows to accompany Sherlock.  We also produced a 12-part makeover series for the Pop Girl channel.

By close of 2015 we were commissioned by PBS for two documentaries, The Missing Sherlock Film on the restoration of the long lost William Gillette film and Poldark Uncovered.  We also added corporate clients, including British Airways, The Isle of Wight and Cambridge University and continued to work for BBC Worldwide filming on dramas such as on LutherMapp and Lucia and Undercover

In 2016 we are starting the year with a BBC1 commission to produce a one-hour ‘special’ on “The Real: Call the Midwives” authored by Steve McGann and Heidi Thomas which the real story of the developments in medicine and the growth of the NHS in Britain in the postwar years.

Our key objective for 2016 is to build on the interests we’ve had in our series and standalone programmes and to broaden our slate.

Harriet Palmer