filling the void

Richard Drew is a freelance Production Designer who, for the past 35 years, has been working in the UK TV industry. During that time, he has worked on shows and designed sets that have taken him all over the world as well as every major TV and Film Studio the Uk has to offer. He’s also had the added privilege of putting sets into as most of London’s West End Theatres.

With a TV career starting in the late 80s when there were only 4 national TV channels, he has played a part in the huge transformation of recent years to the endless digital channels and streaming platforms we have today and TV’s continued popularity. With a CV close to 200 shows, it’s hard to pick out any favourites from the past 35 years, but aside from his work on several Comic Relief shows which he’s immensely proud of, he’s probably best known for his most recent work; Intelligence, The Witchfinder, This Time With Alan Partridge and After Life, a show that as of today has been viewed by more than 120 Million People worldwide.

But it all has to start somewhere, and back in 1985 Richard was a teenage student At West Sussex College Of Design ( Now Northbrook ) where is studied TV and Theatre Design at B/tec level. The building sadly long gone was barely 200 meters from Worthing Museum. The exhibition is a look at the creative process, how a few lines on a script
can take months of planning and how an idea hatched on a piece of paper in his kitchen can end up being seen by over 120 Million People.

It’s also a look back at his 35-year career. Prepare to see some never seen before behind the scenes photos as well as a few recognisable props and artefacts from his career. Richard has also re-connected with Northbrook College for the exhibition, and it will also feature some specially commissioned work created by two of the current students.

All Worthing Museum and Gallery’s Exhibitions are free


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