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Francis George "Franc" Roddam (born 29 April 1946) is an English film director, businessman, screenwriter, television producer and publisher. He is a graduate of London Film School.

Franc Roddam
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Roddam in 2014
Francis George Roddam

(1946-04-29) 29 April 1946 (age 73)
ResidenceLondon, United Kingdom
Alma materLondon Film School
OccupationScreenwriter, film director,
businessman, publisher,
television producer
Years active1969–present
TelevisionAuf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–86, 2002–04)
MasterChef (1990–2001, 2005–present)
WebsiteZiji Publishing



Director Roddam with an Arriflex film camera on the set of The Bride (1985)
Director Roddam on the set of Cleopatra (1999)

Roddam's films include Quadrophenia, K2, Aria, The Lords of Discipline and War Party. He created the worldwide TV phenomenon, MasterChef, which is shown in 200 countries worldwide and there are 47 locally produced versions.[citation needed]

He also produced formats for Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Making Out, and Harry, all of which were highly successful TV dramas. He directed the award-winning TV drama Dummy, which won the prestigious Prix Italia Drama Prize. He directed the Grammy-nominated/Golden Globe nominated US mini-series Moby Dick and Cleopatra.[citation needed]

He won awards for his BBC documentaries, Mini and The Family. He is the founder and Chairman of Ziji Publishing, whose many titles include The Last Templar which sold over 5 million copies worldwide. He is a sponsor and former Governor of the London Film School and is an active member of the Greenworld Campaign.[citation needed]





Director on numerous accounts, including:

  • Shell
  • The Observer
  • Campbell Soups
  • BP
  • COI – Aids Campaign

In developmentEdit

  • Waltzing Matilda — Producer/Director/Co-Writer
  • Let's Face It — Producer/Director/Co-Writer
  • IGGY — Format Creator/Co-Writer
  • Win-Win — Format Creator/Co-Producer
  • 2 in a Million — Format Creator/Producer

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