Adam Clapham worked at BBC Television for nearly twenty years as a director, becoming the senior executive producer in its documentaries department. He produced a number of television programmes and films including Doomsday Gun (1994) starring Frank Langella and Alan Arkin.
He was awarded an Imperial Relations Trust bursary to study media in India and a Leverhulme scholarship for research in Sri Lanka. He has written As Nature Intended (with Robin Constable), an illustrated history of the nudists, and Beware Falling Coconuts. Adam, an indophile along the lines of Mark Tully, lives in a beach house near Mangalore, India. He is the son of industrialist and former president of the Confederation of British Industry Sir Michael Clapham who died in 2002.