Freelance profile

Anke Lueddecke (Producer/Director)

Experienced, creative and efficient television Producer/ Director with credits on major documentaries. Multilingual, self-shoot and self-edit. Background in Radio and print journalism as well as book publishing and international development. • Specialist in History, Arts & Culture, Politics, Economics and African affairs • Great at getting the best out of first-time presenters and contributors • Self-shooter (Sony Z1, Z7, 5D) and editor (FCP, Avid), with own kit • Focused firmly on story during pre-scripting, on location and in the edit • Used to managing teams, shoots and budgets & meeting deadlines • Bilingual German / English, with good French / isiZulu & basic Italian

Contact details:

Postcode: NW6
Region/nation: London
Country: United Kingdom
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BroadcasterRates: Broadcasting
PhotographerRates: Photography
TranslatorRates: Translation
Subeditor or editorRates: Sub-editing
Subeditor or editorRates: Sub-editing
ResearcherRates: Researcher
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  • Videographer
  • History
  • Arts/entertainment
  • Politics
  • Foreign affairs and overseas
  • Current affairs
  • Film and theatre
  • European Community
  • Ethnic and minority
  • Education

Major clients:

  • BBC
  • Channel Four
  • PBS
  • Media Trust
  • Channel Five

Profile last updated: 2014-11-10 08:20:15

Extra information:

Anke Lueddecke Producer/Director 



  • Multi-skilled, multilingual BBC-trained P/D with 15 years' experience of making Specialist Factual and Arts documentaries for Discovery, BBC World, BBC FOUR, BBC TWO, BBC ONE, C4, PBS and Arte.

  • Natural storyteller with writing skills to match. I am highly technically literate with professional camera and editing skills. I build strong teams and love working with DoPs, sound recordists and editors.

  • Practised in finding contributors from Nobel Laureates to market traders and building trusting relationships with them. I bring linguistic skills from German (and other European languages) to Zulu, and a lifetime of multi-cultural experience, to any project – whether in Development or Production.


  • Passionate about visually appealing and inventive, clear story-telling. With an academic background in politics, history and arts as well as economics, I excel in research, assimilating complex information fast and thinking strategically about how information – or observed reality – can best be edited and communicated.

  • Efficient, deadline-driven, and experienced in managing budgets of more than £100,000. Outstanding organisational skills to plan and manage projects from development to delivery.




Selected Producer & Producer/Director Credits:


Transport for London: London 2012: The Public Transport Games 1x 35ʼ and 6x 10ʼ Autumn 2012


How TfL kept London's transport network up and running during the 2012 London Olympic Games.


Producer/Director. Long-form observational documentary, which was distributed to 30,000 staff. We combined observational filming with formal interviews, GoPro footage and time-lapse cityscapes. Filmed 5-6 days a week for 10 weeks, at multiple locations, on EX3 and Canon C300 / 5D. Prior to filming, I put in place the production and post-production teams, co-managed them, and worked out the schedule.




Discovery UK: Spies Beneath Berlin 1x 60’ TX: Autumn 2011


A Cold-War espionage story with more twists than a Smiley tale.


Producer. Secured last surviving eyewitnesses (inc. former CIA operatives) as contributors; set up drama reconstruction; ran shoots in US, Germany, Austria, UK; found archive stills and historical documents.


OR Media – Dir.: Sam Benstead Exec. Prod.: Jon Hacker, Chris Mitchell, Elizabeth McIntyre




BBC FOUR: Frederick the Great & The Enigma of Prussia 1x 60’ TX: Autumn 2010


Professor Chris Clark’s biography of Prussia’s 18th-centuryphilosopher king.


Producer. Found contributors (arts, music, philosophy, history experts, descendants of Prussian nobility) and locations in Germany/ Poland; ran shoot. Assisted edit; researched and negotiated German feature film archive footage and stills.


Fresh One & Aenon – Dir.: Chris Wilson Exec. Prod.: Adam Kemp, Cassian Harrison




BBC World / Channel 4: The Nobel Peace Prize 2009 1x 30ʼ TX: Dec 2009


Fast-turnaround film covering the controversy surrounding President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize award.


Self-shooting Producer/Director. Self-shot interviews and GVs in the US and Norway. Directed fast-turnaround edit while also contributing to 2009 Nobel series team.


Blakeway & Nobel Media Exec. Producer: Fiona Stourton




BBC World: Ditching the Dollar (Thinking Big series) 1x 30ʼ TX: Sep 2009


Charting a big idea about eliminating political rivalries from the international currency markets.


Producer/Director. Interviewed Nobel Laureates Robert Mundell, Joseph Stiglitz as well as Paul Volcker, IMF economists and political commentators in US, China and Europe. Self-shot actuality and GVs.


Blakeway / Open University Exec Producers: Mary Wilkinson, Fiona Stourton



Selected Assistant Producer Credits:


BBC TWO: The Great Euro Crash with Robert Peston 1x 60ʼ TX: May 2012


BBC business editor Robert Peston analyses the state of the monetary union in Europe.


Found contributors and locations in Germany; interviewed former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.


BBC Current Affairs – P/D: John Thynne Exec. Producer: Sam Bagnall




BBC TWO: Michael Portillo and the Great Euro Crisis1x 60ʼ TX: May 2012


Self-confessed Eurosceptic Michael Portillo visits Greece and Germany to explore the democratic deficit inherent in political and fiscal responses to the financial crisis.


Produced and directed interview with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble. Identified other contributors in Politics and Finance; negotiated locations such as Commerzbank Frankfurt and the ECB.


OR Media – P/D: Jeremy Bristow Exec. Producer: Lucy Hetherington




BBC TWO: Berlin (Presented by Matt Frei)3x 60’ TX: Oct 2009


Richly layered cultural history series, mixing arts, architecture, archive and eyewitness testimony.


Assistant Producer. Found contributors (Berlin characters as well as academics), researched and secured stories, locations and archive material. Ran 5-week shoot in Berlin, translated PTCs.


BBC & Open University – Series P/D: Sam Hobkinson Exec. Prod.: Basil Comely, Emma De’Ath






Mother-tongue standard: German, English. Conversational: French, isiZulu. Read: Dutch, Italian. Smattering: Spanish, Hindi, Urdu. Studied at school: Latin, Ancient Greek.




Employment history:


Bi-media Production Trainee, then Producer BBC Northern Ireland2000- 06




Publications Editor Oxfam GBPolicy Department1998 - 2000




Assistant Editor Prospect Magazine1996 - 98






Diploma in Economics Birkbeck College, Univ. of London1997 - 98




MSc Politics of Africa and Asia SOAS, Univ. of London1994 - 95




BA Film and Drama (First Class Honours) University of Reading1991 - 94




Relevant training:


Screenwriting UK Script FactoryJan 2010




Documentary Producers’ Week Documentary Filmmakers’ GroupApr 2008




Self-shooting / Lighting for self-shooters VET2006 / 07




Creative, editorial, journalistic/ legal training BBC2000 - 06


Courses included Running a Programme Team, Writing for Radio, Reporting the EU, Libel Law, Trials and Crime Reporting, Editorial Policy, Health and Safety.






Available on request.