Photos : Louis Duval – studiophotogoncourt


As well as now developing and creating a new original slate for ALEF UK in London, Award-winning director Gilles Bannier began his career directing documentaries for ARTE in his native France, before moving into drama. Gilles has directed all 6 episodes of BLUE LIGHTS for BBC 1. Prior to this he directed TRIGGER POINT for Hat Trick/ITV starring Vicky McClure, which was hugely well received and was the channel’s highest rated drama of past the year with 10.9 million watching it launch.

He worked on the first series of TIN STAR for Sky Atlantic/Kudos, including the finale, which starred Tim Roth and was nominated for a Broadcast Award for Best Drama Series. He was asked back as Lead Director on the second series of the show. Gilles was also Lead Director on Danny Brocklehurst’s latest crime drama, IN THE DARK, for BBC 1, and directed on two series of THE TUNNEL for Kudos/Sky Atlantic/Canal+ . He also did MARCELLA series 3. 

Other notable credits include Lead Director on Series 2 of the acclaimed French crime drama, SPIRAL (ENGRENAGES), for Canal+ and the critically acclaimed LES BEAUX MECS (TONY’S REVENGE), an eight-part gangster story which received 11 European awards and nominations, including the Prix Italia. His most recent French Television credit is the six-part drama, PARIS, for ARTE, a and his first feature film, ARRÊTEZ- MOI LÀ, was released in January 2016 to excellent reviews.