The Mighty Crew

  • Lynn Sutcliffe Mighty Managing Director

    Favourite TV Show of All Time: Mr Benn

    Lynn began her career in theatre, before accidentally getting a job in television, which she found she enjoyed, and was quite good at. She worked in the independent sector for many years including spells at Hat Trick, Wall to Wall, MTV and Action Time.

    In 1999, she took a three-month job at the BBC and ended up staying for seven years. During her time there she was part of the team responsible for developing, amongst other titles, The Weakest Link, Jet Set, Friends Like These, Dog Eat Dog, Hard Spell, and Strictly Come Dancing – which she was responsible for naming. In her spare time she went to LA and was Executive Producer on The Weakest Link – also training all the foreign hosts (98 in all).

    As the BBC’s International Development Executive, Lynn secured the rights to The Apprentice and Dragons’ Den. She very symbolically left the BBC the week she turned 40 to become Head of Development at RDF Television. Successes during this time include Tipping Point, The Truth About Size Zero, Sing if You Can, Only Connect (working with sister company Presentable), How the Other Half Live, Wogan’s Perfect Recall and Don’t Forget The Lyrics.

    In 2012 she moved on to be Director of Development at CPL where commissions included 75 eps of Decimate for BBC1, Married at First Sight for C4, Who Repairs Wins for UKTV and The Day the Cash Came for BBC1.

    Wherever she is, Lynn always prides herself on having happy teams, who bring as much enthusiasm and passion to their work as she does.

    She is particularly fond of costume jewellery, piano bars, pub quizzes and cats. She lives with her civil partner and their three children in South East London. She is quite fond of them too.

  • Hugh Rycroft Creative Director

    Favourite TV Show of All Time: The Day Today

    Hugh’s career started in radio comedy, where the first person to buy one of his jokes was Armando Iannucci. Hugh went on to write several series of The News Quiz, as well as contributing to a host of other radio comedy shows. This is also where he started inventing quiz shows – Cross Questioned, Who Goes There?, and Parliamentary Questions were all hits for Radio 4, clocking up a combined total of 18 series.

    Moving into television, Hugh was a regular writer on Mel and Sue’s Light Lunch (and its successor Late Lunch), followed by a spell as the go-to writer for BBC TV Entertainment, scripting the pilots and initial few series of Friends Like These and Dog Eat Dog.

    It was around this time that Hugh decided to focus on inventing TV shows of his own. First came a couple of formatted comedy chat shows (God Almighty for Channel 5, hosted by Clive Anderson; and Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner for BBC Two, hosted by Anne Robinson). Hugh also invented the hidden-camera-meets-comedy-game-show genre with The Sack Race (BBC Two, also prime time in America as Fire Me…Please!) and the celebrity quiz School’s Out (So Television), which had two successful series on BBC One.

    In 2012, nine long years after Hugh first had the idea in an amusement arcade in Norfolk, RDF Television launched Tipping Point, which has become a daytime smash for ITV. Hugh also devised !mpossible and Curious Creatures for Mighty.

    To relax (this is a man who knows how to enjoy himself), Hugh is a prolific question writer for Only Connect. He also likes going to pub quizzes, usually with Lynn.

  • Alex Martin Development Executive

    Favourite TV Show of All Time: TFI Friday

    His development credits include !mpossible, The Brightest Briton and Decimate for BBC One, Tipping Point and Sing If You Can for ITV, The Taste and Married at First Sight for Channel 4, Curious Creatures for BBC Two, The World’s Biggest Pets for Five and Thronecast for Sky Atlantic.

    Alex has also produced a variety of entertainment shows including Big Brother’s Little BrotherBig Brother’s Big Mouth and The Paul O’Grady Show on Channel 4.

    Alex began his career at BBC Radio 1, where he made music documentaries, worked as a reporter, and spent many a happy hour creating bomb sound FX for the original hip hop gangsta – Tim Westwood. Kaboom!

  • Kate Howell Creative Head of Operations

    Favourite TV Show of All Time: Eurotrash

    Kate studied English Literature at Goldsmiths University. Starting out as a TV and Film Make-up Artist she moved into Development at the BBC. Kate worked on Strictly Come Dancing and How to Solve a Problem like Maria as part of the production team.

    She then went to RDF Television to join Lynn and become Development Manager. Kate took time out of TV to develop two children before joining Lynn at Mighty.

  • Connor McRae Researcher

    Favourite TV Show of All Time: The Crystal Maze

    Connor’s interest in TV first stemmed from watching a Behind The Scenes programme on MTV for the music video of P!nk’s 2003 hit ‘Trouble’. The video itself features P!nk seducing the local sheriff in order to be freed from jail and The Pussycat Dolls as dancing saloon girls. It was questionably appropriate for a 7-year-old, yet thankfully he was more interested in seeing how the video was put together. From here, he knew that at some point in the future he wanted to be making great TV programmes for a living, and took a step in the right direction by studying Media Studies at A-Level and more recently, TV and Film Production at the University of Greenwich, graduating with a First-Class Honours Degree. Connor is excited to be learning more about development and is working hard to ensure he gets an idea of his commissioned in the (hopefully) not too distant future.

  • Emma Stone Production Manager

    Favourite TV Show of All Time: The Bionic Woman

    Emma has been with Mighty Productions since the first commission of !mpossible. Her TV career has been full of Entertainment, Comedy and quiz shows including Birds of a Feather, Only Fools and Horses, Catchphrase, Celebrity Squares, Mr & Mrs, Noel’s House Party, Ready Steady Cook, !mpossible, Curious Creatures and more!

    She started her TV journey at the BBC as a finance secretary before moving into production and working in many different roles from Production Secretary, Floor Manager, Production Co-ordinator and onto Line Producer and Production Manager.

Lynn Sutcliffe Mighty Managing Director

Favourite TV Show of All Time: Mr Benn

Lynn began her career in theatre, before accidentally getting a job in television, which she found she enjoyed, and was quite good at. She worked in the independent sector for many years including spells at Hat Trick, Wall to Wall, MTV and Action Time.

In 1999, she took a three-month job at the BBC and ended up staying for seven years. During her time there she was part of the team responsible for developing, amongst other titles, The Weakest Link, Jet Set, Friends Like These, Dog Eat Dog, Hard Spell, and Strictly Come Dancing – which she was responsible for naming. In her spare time she went to LA and was Executive Producer on The Weakest Link – also training all the foreign hosts (98 in all).

As the BBC’s International Development Executive, Lynn secured the rights to The Apprentice and Dragons’ Den. She very symbolically left the BBC the week she turned 40 to become Head of Development at RDF Television. Successes during this time include Tipping Point, The Truth About Size Zero, Sing if You Can, Only Connect (working with sister company Presentable), How the Other Half Live, Wogan’s Perfect Recall and Don’t Forget The Lyrics.

In 2012 she moved on to be Director of Development at CPL where commissions included 75 eps of Decimate for BBC1, Married at First Sight for C4, Who Repairs Wins for UKTV and The Day the Cash Came for BBC1.

Wherever she is, Lynn always prides herself on having happy teams, who bring as much enthusiasm and passion to their work as she does.

She is particularly fond of costume jewellery, piano bars, pub quizzes and cats. She lives with her civil partner and their three children in South East London. She is quite fond of them too.

Hugh Rycroft Creative Director

Favourite TV Show of All Time: The Day Today

Hugh’s career started in radio comedy, where the first person to buy one of his jokes was Armando Iannucci. Hugh went on to write several series of The News Quiz, as well as contributing to a host of other radio comedy shows. This is also where he started inventing quiz shows – Cross Questioned, Who Goes There?, and Parliamentary Questions were all hits for Radio 4, clocking up a combined total of 18 series.

Moving into television, Hugh was a regular writer on Mel and Sue’s Light Lunch (and its successor Late Lunch), followed by a spell as the go-to writer for BBC TV Entertainment, scripting the pilots and initial few series of Friends Like These and Dog Eat Dog.

It was around this time that Hugh decided to focus on inventing TV shows of his own. First came a couple of formatted comedy chat shows (God Almighty for Channel 5, hosted by Clive Anderson; and Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner for BBC Two, hosted by Anne Robinson). Hugh also invented the hidden-camera-meets-comedy-game-show genre with The Sack Race (BBC Two, also prime time in America as Fire Me…Please!) and the celebrity quiz School’s Out (So Television), which had two successful series on BBC One.

In 2012, nine long years after Hugh first had the idea in an amusement arcade in Norfolk, RDF Television launched Tipping Point, which has become a daytime smash for ITV. Hugh also devised !mpossible and Curious Creatures for Mighty.

To relax (this is a man who knows how to enjoy himself), Hugh is a prolific question writer for Only Connect. He also likes going to pub quizzes, usually with Lynn.

Alex Martin Development Executive

Favourite TV Show of All Time: TFI Friday

His development credits include !mpossible, The Brightest Briton and Decimate for BBC One, Tipping Point and Sing If You Can for ITV, The Taste and Married at First Sight for Channel 4, Curious Creatures for BBC Two, The World’s Biggest Pets for Five and Thronecast for Sky Atlantic.

Alex has also produced a variety of entertainment shows including Big Brother’s Little BrotherBig Brother’s Big Mouth and The Paul O’Grady Show on Channel 4.

Alex began his career at BBC Radio 1, where he made music documentaries, worked as a reporter, and spent many a happy hour creating bomb sound FX for the original hip hop gangsta – Tim Westwood. Kaboom!

Kate Howell Creative Head of Operations

Favourite TV Show of All Time: Eurotrash

Kate studied English Literature at Goldsmiths University. Starting out as a TV and Film Make-up Artist she moved into Development at the BBC. Kate worked on Strictly Come Dancing and How to Solve a Problem like Maria as part of the production team.

She then went to RDF Television to join Lynn and become Development Manager. Kate took time out of TV to develop two children before joining Lynn at Mighty.

Connor McRae Researcher

Favourite TV Show of All Time: The Crystal Maze

Connor’s interest in TV first stemmed from watching a Behind The Scenes programme on MTV for the music video of P!nk’s 2003 hit ‘Trouble’. The video itself features P!nk seducing the local sheriff in order to be freed from jail and The Pussycat Dolls as dancing saloon girls. It was questionably appropriate for a 7-year-old, yet thankfully he was more interested in seeing how the video was put together. From here, he knew that at some point in the future he wanted to be making great TV programmes for a living, and took a step in the right direction by studying Media Studies at A-Level and more recently, TV and Film Production at the University of Greenwich, graduating with a First-Class Honours Degree. Connor is excited to be learning more about development and is working hard to ensure he gets an idea of his commissioned in the (hopefully) not too distant future.

Emma Stone Production Manager

Favourite TV Show of All Time: The Bionic Woman

Emma has been with Mighty Productions since the first commission of !mpossible. Her TV career has been full of Entertainment, Comedy and quiz shows including Birds of a Feather, Only Fools and Horses, Catchphrase, Celebrity Squares, Mr & Mrs, Noel’s House Party, Ready Steady Cook, !mpossible, Curious Creatures and more!

She started her TV journey at the BBC as a finance secretary before moving into production and working in many different roles from Production Secretary, Floor Manager, Production Co-ordinator and onto Line Producer and Production Manager.

Mighty Scotland

  • Kirsten Highet Head of Mighty Scotland

    Favourite TV Show of All Time: Absolutely Fabulous

    Kirsten began her career boiling pigs’ heads and sourcing large spiders for reality show Cruel Summer – perhaps the perfect introduction to television for a vegetarian arachnophobe. After almost a decade predominantly producing and directing movie specials for T4 and Channel 4, Kirsten decided the next logical step was moving to Thailand to film and fall in love with elephants in the jungle.

    Kirsten returned to Scotland producing and directing property shows for Channel 4 and BBC One including Homes Under The Hammer. As a series producer she has delivered over 200 programmes for the BBC including Antiques Road Trip, Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, Money For Nothing, Get Away For Winter and Robot Wars. She has garnered a reputation as an unflappable programme-making machine, delivering high volume series without losing sight of the all-important details.

    Kirsten lives in Glasgow with her partner, young daughter and cocker spaniel Ele. Short for Elephant. Obviously.

  • Emma Lindow Production Coordinator

    Favourite TV Show of All Time: Quantum Leap

    Emma has a background in independent film production and moved into TV in 2015. A drama junkie, she’s worked on CBBC drama Jamie Johnson and Disney drama The Lodge. Emma has also been part of the team on BBC One’s The Instant Gardener, Dave’s Unspun with Matt Forde and Channel 4’s Rage Room for Mighty.

Kirsten Highet Head of Mighty Scotland

Favourite TV Show of All Time: Absolutely Fabulous

Kirsten began her career boiling pigs’ heads and sourcing large spiders for reality show Cruel Summer – perhaps the perfect introduction to television for a vegetarian arachnophobe. After almost a decade predominantly producing and directing movie specials for T4 and Channel 4, Kirsten decided the next logical step was moving to Thailand to film and fall in love with elephants in the jungle.

Kirsten returned to Scotland producing and directing property shows for Channel 4 and BBC One including Homes Under The Hammer. As a series producer she has delivered over 200 programmes for the BBC including Antiques Road Trip, Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, Money For Nothing, Get Away For Winter and Robot Wars. She has garnered a reputation as an unflappable programme-making machine, delivering high volume series without losing sight of the all-important details.

Kirsten lives in Glasgow with her partner, young daughter and cocker spaniel Ele. Short for Elephant. Obviously.

Emma Lindow Production Coordinator

Favourite TV Show of All Time: Quantum Leap

Emma has a background in independent film production and moved into TV in 2015. A drama junkie, she’s worked on CBBC drama Jamie Johnson and Disney drama The Lodge. Emma has also been part of the team on BBC One’s The Instant Gardener, Dave’s Unspun with Matt Forde and Channel 4’s Rage Room for Mighty.

Mighty Music

  • Nick Norton-Smith

    Nick writes the music for our Mighty TV shows with David Roper, which so far have included !mpossible and Curious Creatures.

    Nick is an award winning multi-instrumentalist and composer whose composing credits include Decimate (BBC1), LK Today (ITV) and Andrew Roberts on Napoleon (BBC2) and The Grand Tour (Amazon Video)

    As a saxophonist he has worked with Shirley Bassey, the Brand New Heavies and old blue eyes himself, Frank Sinatra!

  • David Roper

    You may recognise David as the pianist for Four Poofs and a Piano who featured every week on the BBC’s Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. David’s first venture into TV was as musical director for We’ve Got Your Number the national lottery programme with Brian Conley. He has since composed music for Dating Hell (Sky One) and Decimate (BBC One).

Nick Norton-Smith

Nick writes the music for our Mighty TV shows with David Roper, which so far have included !mpossible and Curious Creatures.

Nick is an award winning multi-instrumentalist and composer whose composing credits include Decimate (BBC1), LK Today (ITV) and Andrew Roberts on Napoleon (BBC2) and The Grand Tour (Amazon Video)

As a saxophonist he has worked with Shirley Bassey, the Brand New Heavies and old blue eyes himself, Frank Sinatra!

David Roper

You may recognise David as the pianist for Four Poofs and a Piano who featured every week on the BBC’s Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. David’s first venture into TV was as musical director for We’ve Got Your Number the national lottery programme with Brian Conley. He has since composed music for Dating Hell (Sky One) and Decimate (BBC One).