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Edward Bazalgette
Edward Bazalgette
OccupationTV director
Known for

Edward Bazalgette is a British television director and former musician.


Bazalgette was the lead guitarist in the 1980s rock group The Vapors, whose hit "Turning Japanese" remains a popular one-hit wonder.[1] He later became a film editor, television producer and director. In 2003, the BBC commissioned a seven part series of documentaries called The Seven Wonders of the Industrial World. Edward Bazalgette directed and produced the documentary The Sewer King which charted his great-great-grandfather Sir Joseph Bazalgette's design and engineering of the London sewers.[2] His third cousin Peter Bazalgette later presented a show for Five called The Great Stink.[citation needed]

He has also directed two drama documentaries for the BBC, Genghis Khan (2005) and Hannibal (2006). He has also directed episodes of EastEnders and Holby City, as well as location films for Top Gear.[citation needed] In 2013, he directed The Guilty and one episode of the first series of Endeavour, and in 2014 directed Poldark with Will McGregor.[3]

In 2015, he directed two episodes of the ninth series of Doctor Who ("The Girl Who Died" and "The Woman Who Lived")[4] as well as "The Doctor's Meditation",[5] a prequel for the series. He also directed the 2016 Christmas special of Doctor Who, "The Return of Doctor Mysterio". In addition, he directed the first three episodes of the Doctor Who spinoff Class in 2016.

In 2019 he directed four episodes of the historical drama The Last Kingdom, based on the book series by Bernard Cornwell.[6]


  1. ^ McGrath, Paul (23 December 1980). "Vapors start slow, but hit full stride with up-tempo rock". The Globe and Mail. p. 15.
  2. ^ Sutcliffe, Thomas (3 October 2003). "The sweet smell of success: Seven Wonders of the Industrial World". The Independent. p. 37.
  3. ^ "Poldark (TV Series 2015– )". Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Game of Thrones Star to Guest in Doctor Who". Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Everything we know so far about Doctor Who' Season 9". CultBox. 10 September 2015. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Edward Bazalgette". Retrieved 5 July 2020.