Anthony Philipson began his television career working on entertainment shows including the ground breaking first series of Big Brother and the era defining Big Breakfast. From here he moved into factual television directing the first episode of the BAFTA winning series Ross Kemp on Gangs followed by the critically acclaimed Coppers for Channel 4 which was both BAFTA and GRIERSON nominated. Channel 4’s 24 Hours in A&E was next and proved another critical success earning 2 RTS awards. Now an ever present on British television Anthony was responsible for directing the entire first series.
The success of these documentaries led Anthony into drama where he directed the first series of Youngers for E4 followed by the EMMY nominated second series of My Mad Fat Diary as lead director. Between these two credits he was also instrumental in setting up the hugely popular First Dates for Channel 4, which was rewarded in 2016 with a BAFTA.
In 2014 Anthony was lead director on Our Girl, a primetime drama for BBC1 starring Lacey Turner, and returned to direct the final series in 2020. He also directed Cuffs starring Amanda Abbington and Ashley Walters, and New Blood written by Anthony Horowitz also for BBC1. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission in 2019 came 8 Days to the Moon and Back, a pioneering feature length drama documentary that was rewarded with several award nominations including a BAFTA, RTS and EMMY. In 2021 he wrote and directed Liverpool Narcos, a 3 part drama documentary series for Sky, as well as directing two episodes of the hugely popular The Last Kingdom for Netflix.
2020 Nominated, Specialist Factual
2013 Nominated, Best Constructed Reality Series
2011 Nominated, Best Factual Series
2007 Winner, Best Factual Series
2020 Nominated, Best Science and Natural History
2020 Nominated, Best Director
2012 Winner, Best Documentary Series
2012 Winner, Best Multicamera Series
2020 Nominated, Outstanding Historical Documentary
2015 Nominated, Best International Drama Series
2020 Nominated, Best Drama
2020 Nominated, Best Single Drama
Director (Series 5)