About

 

Martin Durkin is a TV producer and documentary film director.  In The Times 2014 'Power List' he is called 'the Michael Moore of the right'. He is founder and CEO of Wag TV, which produces shows for various U.S. and international broadcasters, including Discovery, National Geographic, TLC, Science Channel, Travel Channel, Weather Channel, Military Channel, Channel Four and Five in Britain as well as Spanish language programming for Latin American broadcasters. Wag TV was listed among Britain's top ten television production companies in an industry poll conducted by REAL SCREEN magazine. It was also one of REAL SCREEN's global top 100 media companies, based on a survey of the top 70 broadcasters world-wide.  Broadcast Magazine listed Durkin as one of the top ten executive producers in the UK. He has served on the steering committees of the World Congress of Science Producers and the Edinburgh Television Festival and as a judge for the BAFTA and the Royal Television Society broadcast awards.  Of the various prizes he's won for his wonderful films, he is most proud of the Free Enterprise Award, given him recently by the Institute of Economic Affairs. Previous winners include F.A. Hayek and Margaret Thatcher.  He lives in London with his top wife and their four leading children.

His films include:

Margaret: Death of a Revolutionary

(90 mins Channel Four)

‘It’s not often you see a documentary that transforms the way you look at yourself and the world, but Durkin’s must-see masterpiece had that effect on me. Though it presented its thesis as radical and counterintuitive — that Margaret Thatcher was no conservative but a working-class revolutionary — I’d say it made more sense than all the other Maggie tributes I’ve read put together.’   -  James Delingpole, Spectator

'Death of a Revolutionary is a must-see for anyone interested in politics.'  -  The Times

‘Outstanding’  -  Matt Ridley

‘Excellent’  -  Nigel Farage

‘Awesome’  -  James Bartholomew

‘A great piece of TV’  -   Mark Littlewood

‘Sensational’  -   Harry Cole (Guido Fawkes)

 

Britain’s Trillion Pound Horror Story

(90 mins Channel Four)

‘Anyone with the slightest interest in the future of our country simply must watch this film. Martin Durkin brilliantly exposes how the growth of the state and Britain’s eye-watering debt, crush enterprise, choice and hope. He also shows us there is another way. Utterly compelling stuff from start to finish.’
(Mark Littlewood, Director General, Institute of Economic Affairs)

‘Unquestionably the most important film of the year … It couldn’t have come at a more desperate moment in our nation’s history … Hurray for Durkin!’
(James Delingpole, Spectator)

‘Guaranteed to provoke strong reactions … prepare yourself to be shocked.’
(The Observer)

‘Buy this film now, show it to your friends. Let them know how close to catastrophe the politicians have brought us.’
(Eamonn Butler, Director, Adam Smith Institute)

‘Typically spirited and controversial … It does what all good polemic does – demands to know if you’ve any better ideas.’
(The Guardian)

 

The Great Global Warming Swindle

(90 mins Channel Four)

‘Only very rarely can a TV documentary be seen as a pivotal moment in a major political debate, but such was Channel 4’s The Great Global Warming Swindle. Never before has there been such a devastatingly authoritative account of how the hysteria over global warming has parted company with reality. Martin Durkin’s superbly professional film shows how the evidence is now overwhelming that the chief cause of climate change is not human activity, but changes in radiation from the sun.’
(Christopher Booker, Sunday Telegraph)

‘The Global warmers have had their day. For years they have blamed ordinary folk for just about every environmental disaster known to man. But now, at last, the truth is out. Watch The Great Global Warming Swindle and be amazed.’
(Editorial, Sunday Express)

‘If you’re worried about the polar bears, watch the brilliant, devastating film The Great Global Warming Swindle.’
(Peter Hitchins, Mail on Sunday)

‘A devastating take on the hoax of catastrophic manmade climate change. Martin Durkin’s The Great Global Warming Swindle is the most prescient documentary of our time.’   (Steven Milloy, Fox News)

 

The Rise & Fall of GM

(90 mins Channel Four)

‘The one programme all of you should have watched last week was The Rise & Fall of GM (Monday, C4), which was one of the cleverest, hardest, most complete repudiations of a commonly held prejudice you'll ever see. Almost everything you think you know about GM is wrong, not just wrong but vauntingly selfish, criminally neglectful and ultimately murderous.   The recipe of sentiment and cynicism, stirred with wilful ignorance, uncannily mirrors the story of Gregor Mendel …How can it be that science is still having to fight this bigotry? A Guardian journalist said he thought the mass boycott of GM food was democracy at work - such a chronically dumb thing to say … GM will happen, the Greens will be shown to be risibly Luddite; but it will happen later rather than sooner and, in the meantime, every harvest will bring starvation and premature death. Dying for your own principles is laudatory; being made to die for someone else's is ecological.’
(AA Gill, Sunday Times)

‘This epic documentary was a hugely challenging piece of television and one which contained perhaps the best ever use of music in a factual programme. From Mexican bongo players to Sinatra and the Flintstones theme, it was clever and unsettling. It didn’t so much advocate genetic modification or defend multinational biotech companies as illuminate how little we know about GM, how our gut reaction is all we consider in this debate. Perhaps that’s because our bellies are full.’    
(Jamie McCallum, The Guardian)

‘Are we in the West, by spurning GM foods, even though there is no scientific evidence to suggest they are dangerous to eat, condemning millions in the Third World to starve, and condemning the children of those nations to staying ill-educated because they have to skip school to help their parents weed the fields since local farmers can’t afford herbicides and pesticides? … Martin Durkin’s sober and uncomfortable film … This was an intelligent, unhysterical documentary. Pilger without the piousness.’
(Joe Joseph, The Times)

 

Nigel Farage: Who Are You?

(1  hour Channel Four)
 
'one of the most sustained pieces of shameless libertarian-right-leaning agitprop I have ever seen'‘    
(James Delingpole, The Spectator)
 
'a pretty fair characterisation I thought'       
(Nigel Farage, The Spectator)
 
 

Against Nature

(3 x 1 hour, Channel Four)

‘Against Nature is one of the most brilliantly successful and persuasive pieces of polemic it has ever been my pleasure to watch on television. Producer/director Martin Durkin sets out to show that while the greens may fancy themselves as folk heroes and rebels there is good reason to see them as timid and dangerous conservatives. The programme takes up jewel after jewel in the green crown and shows them to be fakes … Given the notorious inability of politicians to catch even the most important television programmes, it might be an idea if this one were loaded onto a cassette and screened on the Westminster monitors, on the hour, every hour, for a week or so.’
(Christopher Dunkley, Financial Times - Top Ten TV Highlights of the Year)

Martin Durkin’s dazzlingly provocative series …
(Daily Telegraph)

It’s not often a programme takes your breath away with a truly daring political thesis. After all, television is meant to be anodyne when it comes to opinions. But Against Nature will have a great many people up in arms with rage ... This is a series to make you sit up and take notice.
(Polly Toynbee, Radio Times)

Few programmes have caused as much controversy as the Channel 4 series Against Nature.
(Roger Bolton, The Against Nature Television Debate)

‘I loved Against Nature. This was a ferocious attack on the green movement. It will do them tremendous good to get a taste of their own medicine. With anyone else I might have said they would have a hard time answering the case the programme made against them, but like all fanatics they will ignore it altogether, or express outrage and horror that anyone was allowed to make it in the first place …. a splendid hatchet job.’
(Simon Hoggart, The Spectator)

‘At Last!’
(Daily Mail)

‘For the past three Tuesday nights, on ABC-TV, the full power of television documentary-making has been unleashed against the international conservation movement. Against Nature was a spectacularly good piece of work, raising genuine issues of concern in a stunning visual package with clever subliminal messages all over the shop … fascinating viewing.’
(Sidney Morning Herald)

‘There has never been a series on British television like Channel 4’s Against Nature.’
(George Monbiot, The Guardian)

‘Music to the ears of a sceptic.’
(Matt Ridley, Daily Telegraph)

‘Channel 4 may soon find a Green gunboat heading its way.’        
(Bernard Adams, TES)

‘When Channel 4’s Right to Reply took up the question of Against Nature being unbalanced, the fury of the Green representatives at finding their own single-minded approach used against them was comical to behold.

Against Nature simply took up the opposing case and attacked the unreasoning emotional appeal of so many of these campaigns. The result was fascinating. It was Robert Louis Stevenson who argued that “You get more truth out of one avowed partisan than out of a dozen of your sham impartialists - wolves in sheep’s clothing - simpering honestly as they suppress documents.’
(Christopher Dunkley, Financial Times)

Subscribe to articles

DVDs

  • cover picture of The Naked Pilgrim