directors have been appointed by Ragdoll Productions to work on the company's comedy
classic for Children's ITV Rosie and Jim.
Paul Leather and Marcus Prince have joined existing director Nigel P. Harris to work on
Series 8 as Rosie and Jim prepares for its tenth anniversary.
Leather (38) who lives in Wootten Wawen near Stratford upon Avon was born in Enfield,
Middlesex and was educated at The Latymer School and The Guildhall School of Music and
He worked in the theatre and the USA before moving to Birmingham to become a trainee
floor manager at Central Television, where he worked on everything from Crossroads to
Since turning freelance in 1989 Leather has appeared on screen as a presenter on
Anything for Money, Scavenger Hunt and That's Life!
while continuing to direct and assistant direct on a variety of shows including the last
Christmas Special of One Foot in the Grave.
Last year he worked with Ragdoll Productions as an assistant director on Teletubbies
and says he is
"Thrilled and delighted to be working with Rosie and Jim as they sail in to their
Prince (39) who lives in the Kings Heath district of Birmingham was born in the Hall
Green suburb of the city, and after moving with his parents to Hampshire and Yorkshire
returned to the West Midlands to attend Solihull Sixth Form College and Birmingham
University where the BA Hons Drama degree included a television directing course.
He worked as a floor manager and assistant director with Central Television on
children's programmes such as Woof and News at Twelve. Other
programmes included Crossroads, Boon and Chancer.
More recently Prince has worked for five years with The Bill,
Emmerdale, the BBC drama series Back Up, and on Preston
Front and Eldorado, also for the BBC.
"Rosie and Jim are a wonderful part of childhood and I'm very pleased to be
joining the series at such an important time in its development" he says.
Nigel P. Harris, with whom Leather and Prince are working on Series 8, also lives in
Birmingham. He started his career as a runner on films for Mary Tyler Moore, where he
worked on 92 Grosvenor Street with David McCallum, Remington
Steele with Pierce Brosnan, and Kings & Emeralds for David Putnam.
His first job with Ragdoll was on the first series of Rosie and Jim, when he was camera
assistant to the cameraman Derek Gruszeckyj. He has worked extensively for Ragdoll
Productions, as producer on the BAFTA-award winning Tots TVSpecials (California, Lapland
and Australia), and also as director on Teletubbies.
He has also worked for the BBC as unit manager on programmes such as Mike Smith's
series That's Showbusiness, The Travel Show, Steve Wright's
Home Truths, and as location manager alongside Prince on the police drama Back
Harris will have directed 37 episodes of Rosie and Jim by the end of filming for Series
8, which is due for transmission in early 2000 -- and once again he is working with
cameraman Derek Gruszeckyj.
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