Richard Hopkins (TV producer)

Richard England Hopkins (15 December 1964 – 7 January 2012) was a British television producer, most famous for producing reality television series, such as Big Brother and Strictly Come Dancing.[1]


Born on 15 December 1964 in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, Richard Hopkins was educated at Bedford School and at University College London, where he read English literature. He worked in publishing and for various radio stations in Britain and France before he began working for the independent production company Planet 24, and became associate producer of Channel 4's The Big Breakfast, presented by Chris Evans and Gaby Roslin.[2]

In 1996, Hopkins became the producer and director of BBC One's Hotel Babylon and, in 1997, he became the series producer of Baby Baby. In 2000, he became the producer of Channel 4's satirical The 11 O'Clock Show, producer of the British version of Big Brother, and, as executive producer, revamped Channel 4's The Big Breakfast.[3] He produced Fear Factor between 2001 and 2003, and Fame Academy between 2002 and 2003.[4]

Between 2003 and 2006, Hopkins ran the BBC's format entertainment department, and became executive producer of Mastermind, Weakest Link, A Question of Sport and Strictly Come Dancing. He left the BBC in 2006 in order to found Fever Media, producing The People's Quiz in 2007, and Move Like Michael Jackson in 2009.[5]

Richard Hopkins died in London on 7 January 2012, aged 47.[6]


  1. ^ "Richard Hopkins: Producer of 'Big Brother' and 'Strictly Come Dancing'". 11 January 2012.
  2. ^ Garvie, Wayne (11 January 2012). "Richard Hopkins: Strictly the best" – via The Guardian.
  3. ^ "Richard Hopkins".
  4. ^ "Strictly Come Dancing producer Richard Hopkins dies". 9 January 2012 – via
  5. ^ Plunkett, John (9 January 2012). "Strictly Come Dancing producer, Richard Hopkins, dies aged 47" – via The Guardian.
  6. ^ "Strictly Come Dancing producer Richard Hopkins dies". 9 January 2012 – via