Julie Beanland

Creative Director


Julie joined True North as an Executive Producer after beginning her TV career at ITV.  A journalist by trade, she has worked as a PD, Series Producer and Exec on a whole range of programmes from hard hitting singles to high volume series. She has made sensitive and thought-provoking documentaries such as The Ripper Hoaxer, My Dad’s Army and My Mum’s Used to be Men.  Julie helped create the returning series A New Life in the Sun and more recently Help! We Bought A Village, Channel Four’s brand new daytime hit series.

When did you join True North?

I first joined True North back in 2004 as a Producer/Director

What shows are you particularly proud of that you have worked on at True North and elsewhere?

I am extremely proud of A New Life in the Sun.  I have been involved since the birth of the idea and seen the series grow year on year into a successful brand for True North and one with a huge following!

Anything that stands out about your career?

I think the breadth of programmes I have been lucky to make – from singles to series,  crime to consumer and animals and antiques

What’s your favourite bit of your job?

I love working with new members of our teams and help to inspire the next generation of documentary makers

What show would you most like to make if you could make anything in the world?

I have always loved crime documentary and would love to do a really in-depth series about a single crime – for example the Sky Crime series on Jeremy Bamber

Anything you feel really strongly about in the industry?  

I am really keen to encourage diversity  and to help those from disadvantaged backgrounds be successful in the industry

Anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?

I am addicted to Coronation Street!