About the Author: Sophie Neville


Sophie Neville is an author, specialising in true life stories. She is currently bringing out the 2nd edition of 'The Making of Swallows & Amazons', a filmography of the 1974 feature film in which she played the part of Titty as a child. Although encouraged to work as an actor she gained a BA in Anthropology at Durham University and forged a career in television production at the BBC, writing a number of the dramas and documentaries that she produced. 

The story of an abrupt change in her life is told in 'Funnily Enough', that became a bestseller on Kindle and won her third prize in the International Rubery Book Award 2013.  The sequel 'Ride the Wings of Morning' tells of her escapades in southern Africa while she was working as a wildlife artist, freelancing for the BBC and researching her current project, the true story of a Commonwealth soldier who became a prisoner to the Japanese in WWII.  

Once with YWAM, Sophie is now President of The Arthur Ransome Society, a member of the Biographer's Club, ACW and a Director of Witness Films Ltd. An official speaker for Bible Society, she also gives talks on ‘Swallows & Amazons’ to raise funds for The Waterberg Trust, a UK charity which supports health and education projects in a corner of southern Africa where she lived for twelve years.


Writing for Television:~
'INSET' x 3 episodes ~ Writer-Producer ~ BBC TV
'The Way People Talk' ~ Writer-Producer ~ BBC TV
'Boys about Girls: Girls about Boys' ~ Writer- Producer ~ BBC TV
'Crazes' ~ Writer-Producer ~ BBC TV
'Just Mum, my Sister and Me' ~ Writer-Producer ~ BBC TV
'Out of Europe into Africa' ~ Director ~ Channel 4

For Revelation Films
Text and photos for the DVD extras for 'Coot Club' & 'The Big Six' 

'Dawn to Dusk' ~ Series Originator
'Through the Dragon's Eye' ~ Book producer
'Through the Dragon's Eye' ~ Audio-book producer
'Bluebell' ~ Research

For Lutterworth Press:~
The Making of Swallows & Amazons (1974) 2nd edition
Forward to Swallows, Amazons and Coots by Julian Lovelock

Books for Classic TV  Press: ~
The Making of Swallows & Amazons: behind the scenes on the classic film
Photographs for the ebook version of Remembering Tenko by Andy Priestner

Books for Ashton House Publications:~
Funnily Enough
Ride the Wings of Morning
The Secrets of Filming Swallows & Amazons

For Albatros Media: ~
Forward to Swallowdale by Arthur Ransome

For Hayloft Publishing:~
Forward to An A to Z of Films Made in Cumbria & the Lake District by David Banning

Articles for The TelegraphCountry Life, Cotswold Life, Classic Sailor, IBelieve, Word in Action and other national magazines 

'Thinkabout Science' x 5 episodes ~ Director ~ BBC TV
'Through the Dragon's Eye' x 10 episodes ~ Director of FX, Titles and Animation ~ BBC TV
'Dawn to Dusk on Safari' x 3 episodes ~ Originator/Researcher ~ BBC TV NHU
'Global Sunrise' - Live Watch ~ Researcher ~ BBC TV-NHU
'Blue Peter in South Africa' ~ Researcher ~ BBC TV
'Life on a Game Reserve' ~ Research ~ Lion TV
'Russell Harty Christmas Party' ~ Researcher ~ BBC
'Russell Harty' x 9 episodes ~ Researcher ~ BBC TV
'The Book Show' ~ Researcher ~ BBC TV
'Swallows and Amazons Forever! Coot Club' x 4 episodes ~ Researcher ~ BBC TV
'Swallows and Amazons Forever! The Big Six' x 4 episodes ~ Researcher ~ BBC TV
'My Family and Other Animals' x 8 episodes ~ AFM ~ BBC TV
'Bluebell' x 8 episodes ~ Researcher/AFM ~ BBC TV
'Rockliffe's Babies' x 4 episodes ~ AFM ~ BBC TV
'Doctor Who?''Vengenace on Varos' 2 episodes ~ AFM ~ BBC TV
'Rockliffe's Babies' x 4 episodes ~ Location Manager ~ BBC TV
'Charters and Caldicott' x 6 episodes ~ AFM ~ BBC TV
BBC Shakespeare 'Titus Andronicus' ~ AFM ~ BBC TV
'One by One' x 8 episodes ~ AFM ~ BBC TV
'Eastenders' x 12 episodes ~ AFM ~ BBC TV
'The Diary of Anne Frank' ~ AFM ~ BBC TV
'Cold Warrior' ~ AFM ~ BBC TV
'Look North' ~ Field Assistant ~ BBC TV
'Out There' ~ Cameraman ~ SABC

Television appearances:~
News at Ten ~ Herself ~ ITV
BBC South Today ~ Herself ~ BBC
'Have I Got a Bit More News For You' ~ BBC
'Swallows & Amazons' DVD extras ~ Herself ~ StudioCanal
'Cinemaniacs' ~ Herself ~ CBBC TV
'The Wright Stuff' ~ Herself ~ Channel 5
'Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners' ~ Herself ~ Channel 4
'Country Tracks' ~ Herself ~ BBC TV 'Big Screen Britain' ~ Herself ~ BBC TV
'Country File' ~ Herself ~ BBC TV
'The Village Show' ~ Herself ~ BBC TV
'Trisha' ~ Herself ~ Anglia TV
'Safe Sun' ~ Herself ~ MCC
'SC4 Ident' ~ Herself ~ SC4
'Who's Sorry Now?' ~ Herself ~ Intermedia
'Songs of Praise' ~ Herself ~ BBC TV
'Animal Magic' ~ Herself ~ BBC TV
'Points West' ~ Herself ~ BBC TV
'Nationwide' ~ Herself ~ BBC TV
'Sunday Night Thriller: Dark Secret' ~ Actress ~ LWT
'The Two Ronnies' ~ Actress ~ BBC TV
'Crossroads' ~ Actress ~ ATV
'Cider with Rosie' ~ Actress ~ BBC TV

Film credits:~
'Swallows & Amazons' 1974 ~ playing Titty ~ EMI
'Swallows and Amazons' 1974 ~ DVD Extras
'The Copter Kids' 1976 ~ playing Liz Peters ~ CFTF

Film clips:~
The Secret Life of Arthur Ransome ~ BBCTV
The Discovery of... ~ Fisons
'Film 74' ~ BBC
'Film Night' ~ BBC
'Screen Test' ~ BBC
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