ARCHIE BARON read History at Oxford and joined the BBC in 1986 as a General Trainee and was a Producer in BBC Documentaries & History until 1998. He won the 1996 RTS Arts Award, 4 international prizes and received two BAFTA nominations for his film The Homecoming - a feature-length observational documentary for BBC1 on the return to Russia of Alexander Solzhenitsyn.  The Times wrote, "I salute Archie Baron for a piece of work so delicious, so close to the perfect manifestation of television’s whole point, that you could hug the set".

Other producer/director credits include episodes of the panoramic story of the 20th Century, People's Century, and films for Inside Story and Timewatch. He produced and series-produced the acclaimed BBC2 series on McCarthyism, The Un-Americans. He directed two films in Nick Barker's series Washes Whiter on the history of television advertising in Britain. He directed Ian Hislop’s search for his family history in the BAFTA nominated series Who Do You Think You Are? one of the highest rated documentaries of 2004.

Archie's versatility is revealed by some of his other broadcasting achievements: co-originating the idea for Have I Got News For You? and securing its commission in its pre-Hat-Trick development phase; producing daily current affairs for Newsnight, studio directing and producing for, amongst others, Did You See..? and Barry Norman's Film Programme.
For TAKEAWAY, Archie was director of Motherland, Series Editor of three series of Leviathan (two jointly with Neil Cameron), many of the annual UK Confidential programmes and the first series of Balderdash & Piffle. He’s been Executive Producer of much of the recent output, including Ian Hislop’s Scouting for Boys, Balderdash & Piffle Series 2, Mortgaged to the Yanks and London Calling.  
Archie wrote the book An Indian Affair – From Riches to Raj  which accompanied the TAKEAWAY series.