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|Alma mater||University of Bristol|
|Years active||1993 – present|
His career began in the theatre, directing 'In Nomine Patris' by Paula Maggee which won a Scotsman Fringe First Award at the 1985 Edinburgh Festival and transferred to the Kings Head Theatre, London. He subsequently trained as an Assistant Director at Riverside Studios under David Gothard running a writer's group with Hanif Kureishi and directing new work by Stephen Lowe, Tunde Ikoli and Dario Fo, assisting on productions with Paines Plough, Foco Novo, the Royal National Theatre and the Theatre of Comedy Company.
Appointed Assistant Director at the Royal Court in 1986 under Max Stafford Clark, he assisted Sir Richard Eyre on Alan Bennett's 'Kafka's Dick', Jonathan Miller on Ryczard Kapuczinski's 'The Emperor' and Danny Boyle on Howard Barker's 'Bite of the Night'.
He directed Berkoff's 'East' and the first stage production of Anthony Burgess' 'Clockwork Orange' at Edinburgh Festival, 'Requiem' with the dancer Gaby Agis at Leicester Haymarket, 'Milkwood Blues' with Allan Corduner at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, Jean-Claude van Itallie's 'The Traveller' with David Threlfall at the Almeida Theatre and Heidi Thomas' 'Indigo' with Dougray Scott also at the Almeida. Other theatre credits include 'Crimes of Passion' at Leicester Haymarket, 'Water Music' at the Soho Theatre and 'Jitterbugger' at the Royal National Theatre Studio.
Boak was the first director on the widely acclaimed BBC revival of the classic science fiction series Doctor Who (BAFTA Award for Best TV Drama Series in 2005). For C4, he directed in New York City and London for the transatlantic series NY-LON and his first film Impact Earth was broadcast on Discovery Channel/C4 in 2008.
His extensive TV directing credits include Village by the Sea (from Anita Desai's novel in Sri Lanka), Case Histories, Silent Witness, Hotel Babylon, Strictly Confidential, Death in Paradise, New Tricks, Thieftakers, City Central, London's Burning, Waterloo Road, The Knock, True or False, Pie in the Sky, Sunburn, Out of the Blue, Staying Alive, Wokenwell, Merseybeat, The Bill, Holby City, Casualty, Eastenders, and the single drama Substance.
He directed the documentary Running the Bulls and six short films for C4, including These Colours Don't Run (with John Hannah), Fist of the Dragonfly (with Simon Russell Beale and Burt Kwouk), After the Party (with Jemma Redgrave and Morag Hood), Nightclub, The Return of Neville Dead, and The Loser (with Phil Daniels and Sean Bean).
In 2012, Boak directed the cybercrime film Companies Like Yours for The Edge Picture Company. That year, it won the IVCA Award for Best Director and two Best Film Gold Awards at the New York International Film and Television Festival.
|1994-95||The Bill||Director||6 episodes|
|1996||Out of the Blue||Director||2 episodes|
|Pie in the Sky||Director||2 episodes|
|1998||City Central||Director||2 episodes|
|1999||Harbour Lights||Director||4 episodes|
|2001/03||Mersey Beat||Director||3 episodes|
|2001-04||Holby City||Director||12 episodes|
|2003||The Royal||Director||3 episodes|
|2004||NY-LON||Director||Episode: "Something About Chemicals"|
|2005||Doctor Who||Director||3 episodes|
|2006||Hotel Babylon||Director||2 episodes|
|2009||Waterloo Road||Director||2 episodes|
|2011-16||Silent Witness||Director||6 episodes|
|2013||Death in Paradise||Director||2 episodes|
|Case Histories||Director||Episode: "Jackson and the Women"|
|2014||New Tricks||Director||2 episodes|
|2015-17||Turn: Washington's Spies||Director||4 episodes|
|2019||For the People||Director||1 episode|
|1990||The Loser||Director, Producer||Short Film|
|2007||Futureshock: Comet||Director||TV Movie|