“The Simon Cowell of Children’s TV”
Nick Wilson is one of British television’s most experienced children’s TV executives. In fact, he was described in Broadcast as a “veteran” in 1996, which makes him decidedly geriatric by now. Nonetheless, if he wakes up with a pulse, he starts writing!
Nick has a long list of credits, which began at the BBC in 1974, writing, producing and directing Playschool, Chock a Block, Bric a Brac and Saturday Superstore. He later became a founding partner in the independent production company, Clear Idea Television, which produced for TVAM, Granada Television, Central Television, BSkyB, Nickelodeon and the BBC.
Having gained veteran status, Nick joined five as Controller of Children’s Programmes in March 1996, creating Milkshake, a pre-school block that he made a major force in UK Children’s TV, and Shake for older children – both innovative and award winning. He commissioned hit after hit, including Peppa Pig!
No longer a veteran, more an antique, he still polishes up well and offers a sharp insight into programme development, broadcasting, fly fishing and how to deliver a deceptive serve.