Alert viewers of the ITV show ‘Country House Sunday’ hosted by Lynda Bellingham, may have spotted a familiar Wellington name among the credits. Sheryl Bawden is Assistant Producer on the series of 21 shows that go out at 8:30 am each Sunday or 9:30 am on ITV+1.
This is the latest in a number of shows on which Sheryl has worked in recent months, including a series of four documentaries titled ‘80s Greatest’ currently running on National Geographic Mondays at 9 pm and voiced by Sean Bean. Last year she also worked on ‘Cornwall with Caroline Quentin’ and ‘Storage Hoarders’ fronted by Aggie MacKenzie, both on ITV. All this in just 12 months but her CV also includes work on ‘Bumps, Babies and Beyond with Myleene Klass’, a web-based series of short parenting videos created for Yahoo! Lifestyle and later adapted for the Discovery channel.
A career as a freelance Assistant Producer in TV production may seem a strange choice for a marine biology graduate from Plymouth University with 1st Class and Master’s degrees but the media passion began when she was still at school. Sheryl explains: “I had friends who were involved with BBC Somerset Sound. Just after my sixteenth birthday I did some work experience as a broadcast assistant and loved it. With the support of school, I managed to balance my radio work with my sixth form studies whilst working on the Saturday morning breakfast show. The show on which I presented the travel news and ‘What’s on’ features, ran from 6 – 9am and I’d make it to French Literature classes afterwards. I had well and truly been hit by the media bug but knew I belonged in TV, with the ultimate goal of working in wildlife TV.”
“During my Master’s, I came into contact with the Plymouth-based production company, Twofour, as part of a talent day and was later employed on the digital side of the company managing websites and producing corporate videos for Volkswagen. A couple of years later I became freelance and worked out of London, Bristol and Plymouth on various projects. I made the transition to Twofour Broadcast over a year ago and have never looked back!”
Sheryl was a student at Wellington School and is the elder sister of actor Carly Bawden. Their parents now have two names to watch for as the credits roll.