Bill Treharne Jones

Bill Treharne Jones directs, writes and produces quality documentaries for mainstream television channels.

One of his most original films, the award-winning Last Train from Budapest (C4, 2000), tells the story of the Jewish Schindler who persuaded Eichmann to release nearly two thousand Jews but then after the war was accused in Israel of selling his soul to the devil and assassinated. The Times described it as: “an extraordinary nerve-racking story with a horrible coda”. 

Bill got nearly 6 million viewers late on a Friday night for the first (and only) BBC biography of the Fuehrer: The Fatal Attraction of Adolf Hitler (BBC1, 1989). The Sunday Times critic wrote: “It all sounded so reasonable, I couldn’t sleep a wink.” Bill has also made television biographies of Kaiser Bill and Mussolini for C4 (1998 and 2001) and of Enoch Powell for BBC2 (1995).

But Bill’s work extends far beyond the Second World War and the far right. In recent years he has made films on:

– “The Suez Crisis” (BBC2, 2006): “Taut narrative . . . superbly assembled, gripping, full of ironies”.

Radio Times

– “Ceausescu’s Romania” (BBC2, 2008): “An unimprovable study of the corruptions of power.” 

Guardian

– “One Nation under God” (BBC2, 2010): The story of religion in post-war America, part of what the Mail called “the engrossing American Dream series”.

Bill’s skill is to take often complicated political and/or historical events and build a compelling and accessible narrative with powerful images and memorable first-hand testimony. His background is news and current affairs. He was a trainee journalist on News at Ten and then, in the early 1970s BBC correspondent in Berlin when the East German communists were grappling with Western pressure to get them to open the Wall.

In the mid-1980s, Bill was politically active, fighting energetic and professional campaigns for what was then the Liberal/SDP Alliance, twice as a council candidate and in 1983 as a parliamentary candidate. Realising that breaking the two-party system would take decades, he then returned to his first love – film making.