sarah broughton

writer & artist

Television, Film and Radio

I have written scripts for film, television and radio. I am particularly interested in recording the lives of iconic artists of the 20th Century who practised their art in times of social and political change.


These are documentaries which I have researched and written. They have all been broadcast on BBC2 or BBC4.

Edith Piaf: Singing her Life

An illuminating film exploring the myths and truths surrounding one of the world's greatest singers.

'This excellent documentary gives Piaf the respect she deserves.' The Observer

Vera Lynn:  Sincerely Yours

A revealing and unforgettable film about a singer who continues to occupy a distinctive corner of the nation's heart.

'This excellent documentary does a great job not simply of explaining her wartime appeal but of showing that there was more to her than simply a good voice.'  The Observer

Amazing Gracie  

A 60 minute film about one of Britain's greatest entertainers, Gracie Fields.

'A splendidly elegiac documentary.' The Times

Kathleen Ferrier:  An Ordinary Diva

The story of Kathleen Ferrier, who she was and where she came from, and how she transformed herself from popular British contralto into an international artist.

'An exceptionally moving portrait.' The Times

Josephine Baker: The First Black Superstar

A 60' film about the life of the pioneering entertainer who exploded taboos on race and sexuality.

Val Doonican Rocks

Pauline McLynn narrates an affectionate portrait of popular Irish entertainer Val Doonican, as famous for his props such as cardigans and rocking chair as for his easy-listening style. From 1964-1986 he led the BBC1 ratings, his particular brand of laid-back entertainment surviving the revolutionary 60s, IRA campaigns and a variety of changing musical styles. His hits included Walk Tall and The Special Years, as well as a number of comic 'Oirish' songs. At the age of 80, Val still performs but the sweaters and his faithful rocking chair are nowhere to be seen. Includes interviews with Rolf Harris, John Williams, Gerry Anderson and Gloria Hunniford.


I'm in Training, Don't Kiss Me

Claude CahunThe story of the revolutionary resistance of surrealist photographer Claude Cahun in occupied Jersey. Feature length screenplay. (Arts Council Wales Lottery award)



It's a Small World

5 x 30 minute comedy drama broadcast on BBC Radio Wales and RTE (Eire).

Television Documentaries

Edith Piaf
Vera Lynn
Gracie Fields
Kathleen Ferrier
Josephine Baker
Val Doonican


Claude Cahun


It's a Small World