Charles McDougall is a British Emmy Award and BAFTA-winning director.


McDougall has directed for popular television series which include the pilot episode of ABC's Desperate Housewives (which includes the unaired pilot as well). McDougall has also directed episodes of Queer as Folk on Channel 4 and Sex and the City on HBO. McDougall directed the first two episodes of the US TV Series The Tudors as well as an episode of Good Behavior. He won an Emmy for Best Directing for a Comedy Series for his work on Desperate Housewives.

McDougall was an executive producer and director for the pilot episode of The Good Wife. Penned by Robert King and Michelle King (In Justice) the legal drama focuses on a politician's wife (Julianna Margulies) who carves out her own niche as a defense attorney. The Kings and McDougall are executive producing with Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and David Zucker.[1][2]



Year Title Notes
1990 Arrivederci Millwall Director
1992 Inside Out III Director, segment "Dogs Playing Poker"
Inside Out IV Director, segments "Put Asunder" and "Save the Wetlands"
1996 Hillsborough Director
1997 Rules of Engagement Director
1999 Heart Director
Tube Tales Director, segment "Steal Away"
2002 Sunday Director
2004 Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss Director
2005 Desperate Housewives: Oprah Winfrey Is the New Neighbor Director; short film
2006 Surrender, Dorothy Director
2007 Backyards & Bullets Director and executive producer
2008 Good Behavior Director
2018 Deliver Associate producer; short film
2020 Ana Director
TBA Shelter Director and executive producer
Denotes films that have not yet been released


Year Title Notes
1991 Casualty Director, episode "Dangerous Games"
1992 Between the Lines Director, 3 episodes
1994 99-1 Director, 2 episodes
1995 Cracker Director, 2 episodes
1999 Queer as Folk Co-creator; Director, 4 episodes
2000 Wonderland Director, episode "20/20 Hindsight"
2000–2002 Sex and the City Director, 6 episodes
2002 Push, Nevada Director, episode "The Black Box"
2003 Keen Eddie Director, episode "Achtung Baby"
2004 Desperate Housewives Director, episode "Pilot"
2005–2012 The Office Director, 8 episodes
2006 Big Love Director, 2 episodes
2007 The Tudors Director executive producer, 2 episodes
Big Shots Director, episode "Pilot"
2009 The Good Wife Director and executive producer, 2 episodes
2009–2011 Parks and Recreation Director, episodes "Kaboom" and "Pawnee Rangers"
2011 The Chicago Code Director and executive producer, episode "Pilot"
2012–2013 The Mindy Project Director, 3 episodes; Executive producer, 2 episodes
2013 House of Cards Director, episode "Chapter 7" and "Chapter 8"
2014 Resurrection Director and executive producer, episode "The Returned"
2015 Mad Dogs Director and executive producer, episode "Pilot"
Secrets and Lies Director and executive producer, episode "The Trail"
2016 The Secret Agent Director, 3 episodes
2019 Four Weddings and a Funeral Director, 2 episodes
2022 Julia Director, episode: "Omelette"


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  2. ^ Nellie Andreeva (February 8, 2009). "CBS picks up five pilots". Reuters/Hollywood Reporter.