Peter Goodchild

Peter Goodchild CChem FRSC (born 18 August 1939)[1] is a former BBC television editor, who notably edited Horizon and who initiated the popular 1980s BBC science series Q.E.D..

Peter Robert Edward Goodchild
Born (1939-08-18) 18 August 1939 (age 80)
Alma materSt John's College, Oxford
OccupationTelevision editor, producer and executive
Years active1965-94
EmployerBBC Television
Known forHorizon, Q.E.D., Screen One, Screen Two, Screenplay

Early lifeEdit

He studied at St John's College, Oxford.[2]. Before Oxford, he was a student at Aldenham, located near Elstree, Herts.



He joined the BBC's Horizon, becoming a producer from 1965-69.[4] From 1969-76 he was Editor of Horizon, at the time the series was much in its heyday and essential viewing for many people. Under him, it won a BAFTA award (British Academy Television Awards) in 1972 and 1974 for Best Factual Series.

He was executive producer of the BAFTA Award winning series Marie Curie (1977) and Oppenheimer (1980).[1]

From 1980-84 he was BBC Television's Head of Science & Features; in this position he created QED. From 1984-89 he branched out, away from science, becoming BBC Television's Head of Plays; in this position, he created Screen One, Screen Two and Screenplay. From 1989-94 he was an executive producer in the BBC Film department.


  1. ^ a b Debrett's Archived 2015-07-04 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Tv View". The New York Times. 1978-12-24. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  3. ^ "Peter Goodchild". Television Academy. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  4. ^ "Horizon at 50 - Peter Goodchild". Retrieved 2020-01-01.

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Preceded by
Editor: Horizon
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Preceded by
BBC TV: Head of Science and Features
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BBC TV: Head of Plays
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