Justin Pollard

Film & TV Historian / Writer

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Film, TV & Theatre

Nominated International Emmy (2002) for Egypt’s Golden Empire

Won Cine Eagle (2002) for Egypt’s Golden Empire

In Development

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UNTITLED TELEVISION SERIES

Green Pavilion

Co-Writer

BORGIA

Company of Wolves

Research Consultant.

TOM FOOL

Working Title Films/ Midfield Films/ Scamp

Research Consultant. A feature film to be directed by Sam Mendes and written by Tim Firth based on a 16th century legend.

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

Warner Independent Pictures/Relativity Media

Research Consultant

Television

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BRITANNIA

Vertigo Films

Historical Consultant

WILL

Monumental / TNT

Historical Consultant

THE VIKINGS, Series 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

MGM/ History Channel

Associate Producer & Historical Consultant.
10 part drama series based on Viking Europe in the 9th century.

PAGE EIGHT

Carnival Films/ BBC

Research Consultant.
Film noir thriller starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz. Directed by David Hare.

QI

Quite Interesting Ltd/ Talkback Thames/ BBC1

Writer/ Associate Producer. (Series 2 onward).

PEAKY BLINDERS

Tiger Aspect/ BBC

Research Consultant.
Drama series set amongst Birmingham gangs in the early 1920s.

THE DRAGONS OF MIDDLE EARTH

National Geographic Television

Writer.
Animated special on the symbolism of the dragon in the medieval Christian world.

CAMELOT

Starz/ GK-TV

Script Consultant.
10 part drama series based on the Morte D’Arthur, starring Joseph Fiennes and Eva Green.

THE TUDORS: SERIES I-IV

Reveille/ Working Title/ TM Productions/ Peace Arch Entertainment Group, Inc. for Showtime

Research Consultant.
Drama series starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry VIII.

ALEXANDRIA, GREATEST CITY ON EARTH

Lion Television/ Channel 4

Writer/ Producer.
Documentary presented by Bettany Hughes.

GUNPOWER PLOT- EXPLODING THE LEGEND

Darlow Smithson/ ITV1

Drama writer / Contributor.
Primetime ninety minute special exploring what would have happened if Guy Fawkes had succeeded.

GELDOF IN AFRICA

Brook Lapping/ BBC 1

Script Consultant.
6 part travel series.

TERRY JONES' BARBARIANS

Oxford Film and Television for BBC

Development Producer.
4 part BBC history series presented by Monty Python’s Terry Jones.

SEVEN AGES OF BRITAIN

Wildfire Television/ Channel Four

Producer and Writer.
Primetime 7 hour Channel 4 series on the social history of Britain (8000 B.C. – 1700 A.D) presented by Bettany Hughes.

ANCIENT DISCOVERIES

WildDream Films for S4C/ A&E

Writer .

LEGENDS OF THE LIVING DEAD

Transatlantic Films for S4C/ Discovery

Writer .

$100 RIDE

Alliance Atlantis for National Geographic.

Writer.
13 part travel series narrated by Alexei Sayle.

EGYPT'S GOLDEN EMPIRE

Lion Television for BBC/PBS/DDE

Writer.
Major 3x1 hr documentary series on Ancient Egypt.
2003 EMMY nomination – Best Historical Documentary

TIME TEAM HISTORY OF BRITAIN

Videotext Communications/ Picture House for Channel 4

Writer.
90 min Christmas Time Team Special

TIME TEAM LIVE FROM YORK

Videotext Communications/ Picture House for Channel 4

Writer.
Scripting 6 live Time Team episodes from an OB over three days.

TIME TEAM SERIES VII

Videotext Communications/ Picture House for Channel 4

Assistant Producer/ Writer/ Unit Director.

TIME TEAM LIVE

Videotext Communications/ Picture House for Channel 4

Assistant Producer.
Scripting 7 live Time Team episodes from a OB over 3 days.

ROYAL SECRETS

Principal Film Company for TLC

Writer/ Researcher.
13-part documentary series for TLC.

Film

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MARY POPPINS RETURNS

Disney

Historial Consultant

LES MISERABLES

2012

Working Title Films/ Cameron Mackintosh Ltd

Research Consultant

MARY'S RIDE

OkoFilm Productions/ Skiapode/ Pathé

Research Consultant.
Movie on the life of Mary Queen of Scots starring Camille Rutherford.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN- ON STRANGER TIDES

2011

Walt Disney Pictures

Research Consultant.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN- ON STRANGER TIDES

2011

Walt Disney Pictures

Research Consultant.

RED TAILS

2012

Lucas Films

Research Consultant

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

2010

Bandersnatch Films/Disney

Research Consultant

AGORA

2009

MOD Producciones

Research Consultant

THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS

2008

Miramax

Research Consultant

ELIZABETH:THE GOLDEN AGE

2007

Working Title Films/Universal Studios

Research Consultant. A sequel to Elizabeth directed by Shekhar Kapur.

ATONEMENT

2007

Working Title Films/Relativity Media

Research Consultant.

THE FOUR FEATHERS

2002

Paramount/ Miramax

Script and Research Consultant

ELIZABETH

1998

Working Title Films/ PolyGram

Research Consultant.

Radio

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THE REST IS HISTORY

Avalon

Writer / Producer series 1 & 2

Books

Justin also has columns in BBC History Magazine and E&T Magazine and is a regular contributor to History Today & The Idler and an occasional contributor to The Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian, The Express, The Daily Mail and Lloyd's List. 

Shortlisted Columnist of the Year 2008 (Press Gazette)

Shortlisted Columnist of the Year 2010 (PPA)

Shortlisted Columnist of the Year 2012 (PPA)

Children's

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BIG QUESTIONS FROM LITTLE PEOPLE......ANSWERED BY SOME VERY BIG PEOPLE

2012

Faber & Faber

Contributor.
Charity children’s book for the NSPCC.

Non-Fiction

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ALEXANDRIA: CITY OF MIND

2006

Viking/ Penguin

A biography of the Hellenistic City of Alexandria.

ALFRED THE GREAT: THE MAN WHO MADE ENGLAND

2005

John Murray

A biography of Alfred the Great

SEVEN AGES OF BRITAIN

2005

Hodder and Stoughton

BUSES, BANKERS & THE BEER OF REVENGE: An Eccentric Engineer Collection

2012

The IET

BOFFINOLOGY

2010

John Murray

The real stories behind out greatest scientific discoveries.

SECRET BRITAIN: THE HIDDEN BITS OF OUR HISTORY

2009

John Murray

Secret passages, events, societies, loves, identities and dark secrets of the grave.

THE INTERESTING BITS: THE HISTORY YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

2007

John Murray

All the best historical facts and stories that get left out of history books.

A HISTORY OF ARCHAEOLOGY

2007

Querus

A history of the development of archaeology from the 16th century to the present day.

CHARGE! THE INTERESTING BITS OF MILITARY HISTORY

2008

John Murray

The truth behind man’s favorite hobby.

WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD

2008

Quercus

A history of the 40 greatest wonders on the ancient world from across the globe.

Other

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THE QI ANNUAL 'E'

2007

Faber & Faber

Contributor.

THE QI BOOK OF GENERAL IGNORANCE

2006

Faber & Faber

Contributor.

THE QI BOOK OF ANIMAL IGNORANCE

2007

Faber & Faber

Contributor.

THE QI ANNUAL 'H'

2009

Faber & Faber

Contributor.

THE QI ANNUAL 'G'

2009

Faber & Faber

Contributor.

THE ART OF WAR

Quercus

Contributor.
Great Commanders of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds 1600 BC - AD 1600.

THE QI ANNUAL 'F'

2008

Faber & Faber

Contributor.