Gwennan Sage is a highly respected and experienced freelance drama director. Her credits include many notable British television series & films. She is best known for her focus on telling the story and her warm, infectious personality. Sensitivity to performance and attention to detail are a consistent feature of Gwennan’s work, which resonates her deep affection and respect for her professional colleagues on both sides of the camera.
Below is a synopsis of her working life. View the Credits and Awards section for greater detail.
After a highly successful career at the BBC as a staff Producer/Writer/Director with many Welsh drama credits to her name, Gwennan left the BBC in 1988 to pursue her love of writing and directing. She very soon found herself busily employed as a drama director, firstly in Welsh for S4C, winning a Celtic Film Festival Award for Drama two years in succession, before making her freelance début on the English network in 1991 with a move to Newcastle and Byker Grove, directing the very young friends Ant and Dec.
Over the years Gwennan has regularly worked on flagship series for the BBC and ITV, with continual credits on EastEnders, The Bill, and Casualty. Her directing style is governed by each new script, ranging from sumptuous costume drama in The House of Eliott to the nostalgia and humour of Heartbeat, the uniquely styled action adventure of Bugs, and the haunting beauty of the one-off World War II murder mystery film, Ruth Rendell’s “The Orchard Walls”.
Whether working to fast turnaround multi-camera studio requirements, or within a single camera filming schedule, expressing the story through every feature in the frame is Gwennan’s goal. Asked by one viewer “What do you do then?” she replied, “I try to make sure you don’t notice I’ve done anything.”
More recently Gwennan added Dalziel & Pascoe and Rosemary & Thyme to her list of directing credits, before returning to EastEnders in 2008, working as tirelessly as ever on fast turnaround multi-camera studio drama.
Gwennan Sage graduated from the University of Wales, Bangor, with an honours degree in Welsh, and a Master’s degree in Drama.
She joined the BBC in 1979, as a young and enthusiastic Radio Cymru Producer. After creating and producing an entire mid-morning schedule of innovative new programmes in Welsh, she moved into producing radio drama, and from there quickly into television.
Gwennan formally trained as a television director on the BBC Television Directors’ Course in 1982.