Gwennan

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.

Achievements

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.

Background

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.

Credits + Awards

Hollyoaks

Hollyoaks Directed by Gwennan Sage
14th July 2014 1st TX
Episode 3906
Director
15th July 2014 1st TX
Episode 3907
Director
16th July 2014 1st TX
Episode 3908
Director
17th July 2014 1st TX
Episode 3909
Director
18th July 2014 1st TX
Episode 3910
Director

The Indian Doctor

The Indian Doctor Directed by Gwennan Sage
27th Feb 2012 1st TX
Foreign Bodies
Director
28th Feb 2012 1st TX
Immunity
Director
2nd March 2012 1st TX
The Source
Director

Eastenders

22nd March 2013 1st TX
Episode 4609
Director
21st March 2013 1st TX
Episode 4608
Director
19th March 2013 1st TX
Episode 4607
Director
18th March 2013 1st TX
Episode 4606
Director
13th April 2012 1st TX
Episode 4409
Director
12th April 2012 1st TX
Episode 4408
Director
10th April 2012 1st TX
Episode 4407
Director
9th April 2012 1st TX
Episode 4406
Director
16th May 2011 1st TX
Episode 4212
Director
13th May 2011 1st TX
Episode 4211
Director
12th May 2011 1st TX
Episode 4210
Director
10th May 2011 1st TX
Episode 4209
Director
25th Feb 2011 1st TX
Episode 4168
Director
24th Feb 2011 1st TX
Episode 4167
Director
22nd Feb 2011 1st TX
Episode 4166
Director
21st Feb 2011 1st TX
Episode 4165
Director
22nd Nov 2010 1st TX
Episode 4108
Director
18th Nov 2010 1st TX
Episode 4107
Director
16th Nov 2010 1st TX
Episode 4106
Director
15th Nov 2010 1st TX
Episode 4105
Director
21st Aug 2009
Episode 3485
Director
20th Aug 2009
Episode 3844
Director
18th Aug 2009
Episode 3843
Director
17th Aug 2009
Episode 3842
Director
6th Feb 2009
Episode 1585
Director
5th Feb 2009
Episode 1584
Director
3rd Feb 2009
Episode 1583
Director
2nd Feb 2009
Episode 1582
Director
10th Jan 1995
Episode 118
Director
3rd Nov 1994
Episode
Director
Oct 1994 1st TX
Episode 90
Director
Oct 1994 1st TX
Episode 89
Director
Oct 1994 1st TX
Episode 88
Director
June 1994 1st TX
Episode 36
Director
June 1994 1st TX
Episode 35
Director
June 1994 1st TX
Episode 34
Director
Jan 1994 1st TX
Episode 928
Director
Jan 1994 1st TX
Episode 927
Director
May 1993 1st TX
Episode 870
Director
June 1993 1st TX
Episode 869
Director
May 1993 1st TX
Episode 854
Director
May 1993 1st TX
Episode 853
Director
Jan 1993 1st TX
Episode 822
Director
Jan 1993 1st TX
Episode 821
Director

The Bill

6th March 2001 1st TX
Long Shadows: Part 2
Director
2nd March 2001 1st TX
Long Shadows: Part 1
Director
12th Dec 2000 1st TX
Friends
Director
21st Nov 2000 1st TX
A Gathering Storm
Director
3rd Feb 2000 1st TX
Beasts
Director
7th Dec 1999 1st TX
Consumers
Director
20th July 1999 1st TX
Taxed
Director
4th Dec 1998 1st TX
Team Play
Director
9th May 1996 1st TX
Cold Feet and Hot Coffee
Director
7th March 1996 1st TX
Someone Special
Director
Nov 1995 1st TX
A Year and a Day
Director
Nov 1995 1st TX
The Wee Small Hours
Director
June 1995 1st TX
Kicking
Director
27th April 1995 1st TX
Babyface
Director
Feb / March 1994 1st TX
It's Good to Talk
Director
Feb / March 1997 1st TX
Sisters
Director
22nd Sept 1997 1st TX
Out in the Cold
Director
16th Sept 1994 1st TX
Inside
Director
1994 1st TX
Final Straw
Director
1994 1st TX
Bodyguard of Lies
Director

Casualty

1st Oct 2005 1st TX
Paper Moon
Director
30th May 2004 1st TX
World Gone Wrong: Part 2
Director
10th April 2004 1st TX
I Love You, I Hate You
Director
31st Jan 2004 1st TX
Emotional Rescue: Part 2
Director
27th Sept 2003 1st TX
Perks of The Job
Director
10th May 2003 1st TX
An Accident Waiting to Happen
Director
9th March 2003 1st TX
Side Effects
Director
15th Feb 2003 1st TX
Hitting Home: Part 1
Director
12th Oct 2002 1st TX
What Little Girls Are Made Of
Director
4th May 2002 1st TX
Too Close for Comfort
Director
2nd Feb 2002 1st TX
In the Heat of the Night
Director
10th Jan 1998 1st TX
Loco Parentis
Director

Dalziel and Pascoe

21st Feb 2005 1st TX
Dust Thou Art: Part 2
Director
20th Feb 2005 1st TX
Dust Thou Art: Part 1
Director

Rosemary and Thyme

Nov 12th 2004
Swords into Ploughshares
Director

The Ruth Rendell Mysteries

Dec 31st 1998
The Orchard Walls
Director

Bugs

25th July 1998 1st TX
Girl Power
Director
11th July 1998 1st TX
Absent Friends
Director
9th Aug 1997 1st TX
Hollow Man
Director
26th July 1997 1st TX
The Revenge Effect
Director

Heartbeat

Dec 8th 1996 1st TX
The Best Laid Plans
Director
Sept 29th 1996 1st TX
Something of Value
Director

The House of Eliott

30th Jan 1994

Series 3

Episode 5
Director
6th Feb 1994

Series 3

Episode 6
Director

Stick Or Twist

2006
BAFTA Cymru nominated Single Comedy Drama
Director

Accused

23rd Dec 1996 1st TX
George
Director
2nd Dec 1996 1st TX
Mike
Director

Picking Up The Pieces

12th Nov 1998

Series 1

Episode 3
Director

The Sherman Plays

13th April 1993
Green Favours
Director
6th April 1993
Cows and Calculus
Director

A Mind To Kill

1995 1st TX
Guardian Angels
Director S4C Channel 5 Sky 1

Wales Playhouse

17th March 1996
Figure of Eight
Director
22nd Nov 1990
A Night in the Country
Director

Jabas Jones

1990
'JABAS JONES' - Winner 1991 Celtic Film Festival Award Director
1989
'JABAS' - Series 2 - Winner 1989 Celtic Film Festival 'Spirit of the Festival' Award Director

Byker Grove

4th Dec 1992

Series 4

Episode 16
Director
1st Dec 1992

Series 4

Episode 15
Director
27th Nov 1992

Series 4

Episode 14
Director
24th Nov 1992

Series 4

Episode 13
Director

Dihirod Dyfed

1991 1st TX
Comrades in Exile
Director

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