People

Quintessence expands and contracts depending on the scale of the project we are working on. With a drama or television series there could be over 30 of us, with an intimate documentary just 3. We have excellent contacts throughout the production community and we have an excellent working relationship with a talented circle of specialists who work alongside us and complement our own production skills, on a project by project basis.

Mat Lingard

Mat Lingard

Over the past 20 years Matthew has worked as a director, producer and series producer of television programmes, independent films and high quality corporate communication programmes. Adaptable, innovative and technically adept, he enjoys new creative challenges and exploring fresh ways of telling stories on screen.

With a diverse mix of television work embracing history, food, popular factual and documentary programmes, Matthew has a broad range of interests and an enduring fascination for people and their endeavours. Recent credits include "The Forager's Field Guide", "The Forgotten Pilots" and "Telling Tails", all for ITV.

In addition to his television work, Matthew has made many award winning corporate programmes for a diverse range of public and private sector orgaisations including BP, Barclays, the ODA and many government departments. He has filmed extensively in the US, Russia, Africa and Europe.

Robin Toyne

Robin Toyne

A film-maker of 23 years broadcast experience, Robin directed his first documentary, "Brought Up On Oysters", produced through Quintessence, for Channel 4's new directors' strand "Short Stories" in 1989.

Since then he has directed single documentaries "Ricky Valance: My Voice is My Life", "The 9 Lives of Dudley Sutton", "Mrs Rosewarne: The Queen of Camborne", "Hatched, Matched & Dispatched" (all ITV Westcountry), "Celts for the Day" (Channel 4) and "A Step Across the Water" (Arts Council), documentary series "Park Life" (ITV West) and short film "Porlock Calling Rockall" (HTV/South West Production Fund).

He has also produced Quintessence' history series "Marking Time" and "Forgotten Pilots" (ITV West). As a freelance Director/Producer Robin has worked for RDF, Planet 24, Available Light and Ragdoll, contributing to BBC1's series on fostering and adoption "A Family of My Own", Channel 4's "Watercolour Challenge" and fossil hunting series "The Big Monster Dig".

He has helmed individual films for the BBC's "People's War" and "Building Britain" seasons and is responsible for directing (or guilty of, depending on your viewpoint!) 28 episodes of the pre-school puppet series "Tots Tv".