Lynn Sutcliffe

January 20, 2018

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.