Stephen A Nicholas

Designing a Production at the moment, however ill be available in September 2019.

Currently in Production


Project 'T' - Comedy Drama

Currently Production Designer on a Comedy Drama.


Recent Production


'Concrete Plans' - Feature Film 2019

 ‘CONCRETE PLANS’ is a feature film set in Wales co-produced by Fractured Films, Perfectmotion and co-funded by Film Agency Wales, the thriller tells the story of a motley gang of builders who take on a remote farmhouse job, only to be ripped off by the aristocratic owner before things spin badly out of control. The film is a snapshot of contemporary Britain – encompassing issues from the black economy, class divisions, immigration and social tensions, but rendered through the prism of a tense thriller as blue collar workers turn on the home owner, then one another against the rugged backdrop of the Welsh mountains, directed by Will Jewell.


Recent Broadcasted Production


'The Jill Dando Murder' - Television Documentary

Four million people tuned into The Murder of Jill Dando, a production I'm proud to say I designed for the BBC which was broadcast at 9pm on BBC1 on the 2nd April 2019, working alongside the director Marcus Plowright, Producer Georgina Lee and Executive Producer Joe Mather. The documentary was created to mark 20 years since the tragic murder of TV presenter and newsreader Jill Dando back in 1999.


About Stephen A Nicholas

Stephen's Background

Stephen Nicholas is an experienced Production Designer and Supervising Art Director with twenty three year’s experience in the Film and Television industry, He’s best known for his work on ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Torchwood’, ‘Sherlock’ and ‘The Sarah Jane Adventures’, he has worked on many Feature Films all over the world varying in scale and budgets including South Africa, Romania and the Isle of Man, with vast experience in production design and art department management, health and safety as well as CGI work, he has also Designed sets for various Doctor Who and other show events nationwide while Studio Managing for the BBC. Stephen is a verified trainer and mentor and continues to support apprentices and trainee schemes through various development programs to this day. Stephen has also played a key part in the design and set up of the three studios sites that have been commissioned for the BBC Wales Drama department in Cardiff.

Project Management

Stephen has project managed many projects over the years, from setting up the first construction workshop for Doctor Who to the design process of the Upper Boat six Studio complex for BBC Wales, this housed the ever growing ‘Doctor Who’ show as well as ‘Torchwood’, ‘The Sarah Jane Adventures’ and the ’Sherlock’ series. As the BBC Wales Drama department grew the BBC decided to relocate to a new bespoke built site in Cardiff bay, so Stephen was asked to project manage the decommission of the Upper Boat site and to manage the move to the new drama village, this would be a purpose build 175,000 square foot Drama Hub for the BBC which would be the home of ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Upstairs Downstairs’, ‘Casualty’ and 'Pobol Y Cwm’, this meant that the 22,000 square foot of props store, costumes, prosthetics store, electrical store and the props fabrication workshop would need relocating, on top of this Stephen was asked to decommission the TARDIS interior set under CDM regulations that would need flat packing for BBC Worldwide’s future use, it also meant that that the site would need to return to the landlords specification as it was when we first moved in.


When Stephen started as the Supervising Art Director on Doctor Who back in 2004, it was evident that the show was a design led show, so all he could think about is how he could show the world what talent there was in Wales as well as the fantastic work that was being created for the series, so he thought it would be great to have a document that could showcase it all, so he came up with the idea of writing a book which would involve designs from the ninety episodes and six series Stephen had Art Directed and with the help of Mike Tucker who worked on the earlier years to show us a little incite into how it was made back then, this could then highlight how the show has evolved and become the magnificent brand it is today, Impossible Worlds was born and was published in October 2015.  In 2016 Impossible World won best Doctor Who Book (non fiction) in Doctor Who Magazine's readers poll and is loved by many fans and art lovers across the world.

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