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Heydon Prowse

Writer, Performer & Actor - Co-Writer / Star of BAFTA Winning 'The Revolution Will Be Televised' on BBC3

When Heydon was 11 he acted as Colin in the Agneska Holland film The Secret Garden. He decided not to pursue his childhood acting career as he had a lot of school work to do. He studied philosophy and cognitive science at the University of Sussex and then went on to study journalism. This ultimately led to his role as editor of online magazine Don’t Panic, which was the birthplace of the BBC3 comedy series The Revolution Will Be Televised, which went on to win a Bafta, a Rose D’or and a Broadcast Digital Award.
Heydon’s online videos for Don’t Panic were a mixture of comedy pranks and investigative journalism and achieved wide coverage in national newspapers and television. Protesting MPs second homes expenses claims Heydon would put satirical blue plaques on MPs houses. He would fish for bankers in the city with a £5 note on the end of a fishing rod or D-lock the door of the Nobu sushi restaurant to protest their use of endangered blue fin tuna.

In perhaps his most explosive film Heydon dug a whole and planted pansies in the shape of a pound sign in MP Alan Duncan’s lawn as a protest over his taxpayer funded gardening expenses. The film went viral and hit the front pages. In a later meeting with Alan Duncan in the Houses of Parliament Heydon took a secret camera and filmed Alan Duncan complaining that MPs were being ‘treated like shit’ and ‘living on rations’ when Alan was supposed to be in charge of Conservative Party expenses reform and was saying the exact opposite in the press. Heydon released the footage on the Don’t Panic website. It hit the front pages and most major news broadcasters and drew responses from David Cameron himself.

As a journalist Heydon’s humorous investigations have featured in The Guardian, The Independent, BBC Newsnight, The Telegraph, The Evening Standard and Huffington Post. He has exposed – among other things – government complicity in the sale of fraudulent bomb detectors to Iraq for Newsnight. Heydon’s undercover films into the BNP and government departments posing as a mercenary also made the papers. His investigations were always satirical. In one film he posed as a representative of arms company Lockheed Martin and exposed an ‘environmental’ charity that was willing to help the arms company draw attention away from the collateral damage their bombs had caused in Iraq by finding an endangered bird of prey to sponsor in the middle east that ‘suited Lockheed Martin’s brand.’

As a director Heydon has made films for Channel 4, Vice, Sony, BBC, The Guardian, W Hotel, The English National Opera, Greenpeace and Shelter. He has won a Lovie and a W3 Gold award for directing branded content films.

In 2016 Heydon presented a documentary for BBC2 entitled “The Town that Took On The Taxman” in which Heydon goes offshore and explores the world of tax evasion, and if anyone can do it.

He has presented documentaries for BBC3, Channel 4 and The Guardian and alongside Jolyon Rubinstein, his show “Revolting”, also made by Hattrick Productions, aired on BBC2 in January 2017.

Credits

ONLINE / DIGITAL
Date: 2017
Production (role):
Revolting
Company:
Hat Trick Productions for BBC2
Date: 2016
Production (role):
Brexigeddon
Company:
Hat Trick Productions for BBC2
Date: 2016
Production (role):
The Most Dangerous Town on The Internet (Presenter)
Company:
HELO (For Norton)
TELEVISION
Date: 2016
Production (role):
The Town That Took On The Taxman
Company:
Renegade for BBC2
Date: 2015
Production (role):
Revolution Presents Democracy Dealers
Company:
Hat Trick for BBC3
Date: 2014
Production (role):
The James & Barnaby Special
Company:
Hattrick for BBC3
Date: 2012-14
Production (role):
The Revolution Will Be Televised
Company:
Hat Trick for BBC3
Project details:
Series 1-3
Date: 2013
Production (role):
Horsemeat Banquet
Company:
Dragonfly
Date: 2011
Production (role):
Dispatches: Selling Off Britain
Company:
Vera Productions
AWARDS
Date: 2016
Production (role):
The Most Dangerous Town on The Internet - Norton (Presenter)
Company:
HELO
Project details:
Cannes Lion Award
Date: 2013
Production (role):
The Revolution Will Be Televised
Project details:
BAFTA Award for Best Comedy Programme
Date: 2013
Production (role):
The Revolution Will Be Televised
Project details:
Broadcast Digital Award for Best Entertainment Programme
Date: 2011
Production (role):
Don't Panic Online
Project details:
Gold Lovie Award for Branded Content

Credits

  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): Revolting
    Company: Hat Trick Productions for BBC2
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): Brexigeddon
    Company: Hat Trick Productions for BBC2
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): The Most Dangerous Town on The Internet (Presenter)
    Company: HELO (For Norton)
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): The Town That Took On The Taxman
    Company: Renegade for BBC2
    Project details:
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): Revolution Presents Democracy Dealers
    Company: Hat Trick for BBC3
    Project details:
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): The James & Barnaby Special
    Company: Hattrick for BBC3
    Project details:
  • Date: 2012-14
    Production (role): The Revolution Will Be Televised
    Company: Hat Trick for BBC3
    Project details: Series 1-3
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): Horsemeat Banquet
    Company: Dragonfly
    Project details:
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): Dispatches: Selling Off Britain
    Company: Vera Productions
    Project details:
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): The Most Dangerous Town on The Internet - Norton (Presenter)
    Company: HELO
    Project details: Cannes Lion Award
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): The Revolution Will Be Televised
    Company:
    Project details: BAFTA Award for Best Comedy Programme
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): The Revolution Will Be Televised
    Company:
    Project details: Broadcast Digital Award for Best Entertainment Programme
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): Don't Panic Online
    Company:
    Project details: Gold Lovie Award for Branded Content
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