James Hale

James Hale is the managing director of Lazerbeam. He's an award winning producer/director of television programmes and documentaries specialising in music, factual and arts. He’s also a Radio Academy (Sony) Award winner and has produced many series, features and documentaries for BBC Radio 1, 2 and 4.  



Selected Credit List


Hidden Wales
A Lazerbeam/Folk Films production for BBC Wales. 3 x 60 minutes, coming 2018.

Hits, Hype & Hustle
A BBC Scotland production for BBC Four, 1 x 60 mins. A behind the scenes look at the music industry. Broadcast 2018 sometime.

Hidden Cardiff
BBC Two and BBC One Wales, 1 x 60 mins. Lazerbeam/Folk Films production for BBC Wales.

Roots, Reggae, Rebellion
BBC Four, 1 x 60 mins. Lazerbeam production for BBC Four. Presented by Akala, a look at the impact of Rastafari and Roots Reggae of 1970s Jamaica.

The Story of Indie, Music for Misfits (part 2, the 1980s)
A Telesgop production for BBC Four, 1 x 60 mins. A look at British indie music in the 1980s.

The Furry Years / Y Blynyddoedd Blewog
A Ie Ie production for S4C, 1 x 60 mins. A documentary about Welsh band the Super Furry Animals.

Proms in the Park
BBC Four, 1 x 60 mins. Highlights of the Proms in Hyde Park

One Nation Under a Groove
BBC Four, 1 x 60 mins. The story of Funk music.

The Genius of Funk
BBC Four, 1 x 60 mins. Archive and performance of funk bands.

BBC Young Musician, Percussion Final
BBC Four, 1 x 90 mins. Performance and obs-doc on the percussion category of Young Musician 2014.

Born to Be Wild (Episode Two, the 1980s)
BBC Four, 1 x 60 mins. Documentary about the golden age of America rock music.

David Bowie & the Story of Ziggy Stardust
BBC Two & Four, 1 x 60 mins

The Genius of Bowie
BBC Four, 1 x 60 mins.

Public Enemy: Prophets of Rage
BBC Four, 1 x 60 mins. Profile of groundbreaking hip-hop act Public Enemy. BAFTA Cymru nominated.  

Word Up! Black American Pop at the BBC
BBC Four, 1 x 60 mins



James has produced many documentaries for various Radio 4 documentary strands. They include two series of Ken Clarke’s Jazz Greats, a series about Rastafari, an investigation into the secret Parisian tunnel network, a profile of Ravi Shankar, The Who’s Pete Townshend’s obsession with Purcell and an examination of the cultural impact of Playboy’s Hugh Hefner. He won a Sony Award in 2014 for the Radio 4 series “Who Sold the Soul?” His most recent production is a documentary about Grime music called Generation Grime. It aired in January 2017.

James has also produced single one hour documentaries and series for Radio 2 on subjects such as Tom Jones, the comedian Bill Hicks, Trojan Records and British Heavy Metal. He has produced several Radio 1 documentaries on music, comedy and factual subjects, including a series called Sounds of the Streets that explored Britain’s pop music heritage. James has also produced live radio shows, live music venue broadcasts and recording sessions for Radio 1, including the shows of Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq and Zane Lowe.