Patrick Uden is one of the most influential and sought-after executive producers working in British television today; he is called upon to hone and tighten the commentary on their key series, one of the hardest skills in filmmaking.1
Patrick Uden was born in Orpington in 1946; his father was in the motor trade and he was brought up in the suburb of Bromley. Between 1962 and 1965 he studied Design at Sidcup School of Art and in Industrial Design, Animation & Graphics at Ravensbourne College of Art & Design in Bromley.
After graduating from the Royal College of Art film school in 1969 Patrick became a Senior Producer in the BBC Science Department during which time he was nominated 3-times for a BAFTA. At Channel 4’s inception he left the BBC to build one the UK’s first independent production companies: Uden Associates Ltd. After 21 pioneering years he closed the company in 2004.
Patrick closed Uden Associates Ltd on the 19th January 2004 and a few months later established Uden-Media Ltd: a ‘micro-indie’ TV consultancy offering his services to broadcasters and indies on programme structure and commentary-writing while exploring the emergent media of IOS app design through Heuristic Media, with Richard Loncraine in London, Toby Evetts in Los Angeles, and Simon Reeves. This enabled Patrick to return to front-line writing and programme making.2
Patrick invented and was the driving force behind Channel 4’s BAFTA-award-winning interactive documentary upload website FourDocs.