• Karen Smith

    CEO/Managing Director

    Full of grace (Tuesday’s Child)

    Karen’s network television career started at Granada TV’s “This Morning” as a Day Producer. Three weeks into the job she conducted the world’s first live Viagra trial dubbed “the tawdriest two hours of daytime television ever” by The Daily Mail. The team had t-shirts printed with the headline on the back. Despite her dad’s worries that she was going to be sacked for it and sent back up North in disgrace, she was quickly promoted to Deputy Editor and then Editor.

    From there she spent time as a Series Producer at Endemol launching “Comic Relief Does Fame Academy” (BBC1) and “The Games” (C4) and in October 2004 she joined BBC Entertainment as an Executive Producer as they had an idea to bring back Come Dancing with celebrities.

    Karen was the co-devisor and launch Executive Producer of the multi-award winning Strictly Come Dancing (Dancing with the Stars) which is now one of the world’s biggest entertainment formats. She led the first five series in the UK and ultimately became Creative Director of BBC Entertainment overseeing all format and factual entertainment shows. In January 2009, Karen joined Shine TV, initially as Director of Programmes and shortly afterwards was made Joint Managing Director.

    Shine TV grew to be one of the UK’s largest indies with shows such as Masterchef (BBC1 and BBC2); Got to Dance (Sky1); Gladiators (Sky1); The Biggest Loser (ITV1) and The Magicians (BBC1). Karen launched Tuesday’s Child Television in Sept 2012. As a teenager she’d dreamed of being Monday’s Child, but now is happy to be “full of grace”. Her twins are also Tuesday’s children, but are fantastically fair of face too.

  • Steph Harris

    Creative Director

    Full of woe (Wednesday’s Child)

    Steph joined Tuesday’s Child in its first few months and has worked closely with Karen to build the company into the respected indie it is today. As Creative Director, her remit and stable is broad – from the global entertainment format Lego Masters to the genre bending reality horror gameshow Killer Camp, comedy panel shows like Guessable?, rigged fact ent formats in Dutch coffeeshops and Welsh bingo halls alongside travelogues such as Extraordinary Escapes with Sandi Toksvig and access documentaries.

    Steph recently celebrated her telly silver jubilee; a 25 year adventure that began in comedy development at Thames Television, luring young comics from the dimly lit comedy clubs into the bright lights of the television studio. Little did she know how much she’d need a sense of humour when she was tasked with making a new series about dusting for Channel 4 and found herself knee-deep in filth as she unleashed Kim and Aggie on the nation in How Clean Is Your House? Steph realised her television calling was to help people, and in her role as Editor of Factual at TalkbackThames she spent the next four years in other people’s homes, installing cameras in their bedrooms, re-designing their homes and clearing their clutter in various Channel 4 and BBC features shows. After homes came balls and boobs at Maverick Television with a role as Executive Producer of C4’s Embarrassing Bodies, which picked up three Baftas and an Emmy for its multi-platform innovations. Five years later, she moved to Shine TV to head up Factual Entertainment and did a stint at Dragonfly overseeing spin-offs of One Born Every Minute whilst birthing Channel 4’s What Happens in Kavos.

    Steph wouldn’t say she was a typical Wednesday’s Child – whilst she’ll admit she’s made some woeful decisions at times – her glass is definitely always half full – often overflowing.

  • Colette Magee

    Production Executive

    Fair of face (Monday's Child)

    Production Executive Colette has been with us since January 2019 leading all productions from Tuesday’s Child Scotland including The Hit List and daytime quiz Head Hunters for the BBC; the Scottish BAFTA nominated Extraordinary Escapes with Sandi Toksvig and a First Cut film, The Boy Who Can’t Stop Dancing for Channel 4 plus Ghost Bus Tours and Killer Camp Series 2 for ITV.

    Colette’s TV career began in front of the camera when she was murdered twice in true crime re-enactments on a Channel 4 documentary, once with a hammer in a field, and once with a gun. After stints in scripted development, documentary distribution and organising parties at film festivals, she moved into production and worked on award-winning factual programming for Finestripe Productions, Tiger Aspect and Hello Halo before joining Tuesday’s Child.

    Colette likes money and organising everyone else’s lives. She enjoys working at an innovative and ambitious company that has an output as diverse as its staffing, and values regional voices.

  • Sheryl Lacy

    Head of Production

    Full of woe (Wednesday’s Child)

    Sheryl joined Tuesday’s Child in 2018, overseeing the launch of Tuesday’s Child Scotland and the commissions of The Hit List, Head Hunters and Killer Camp.  With a production career stretching over 24 years, Sheryl started her TV career as a Meeter Greeter on The Big Breakfast, where memories of that time span from the low of having to don a giant egg costume and have her face painted yellow to the highs of making breakfast for the Wu Tang Clan and looking after the Zig and Zag band performances.

    Joining Princess Productions in 2001 after a stint at Talkback she stayed for 19 years, assisting with the growth of the company as it expanded to have its own live studios and post-production facilities, and working on a diverse range of programmes from RI:SE, Orange Unsigned Act to The Friday Night Project, The Big Art Project, Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew and The Mash Report.

    Sheryl loves being able to work across varied genres on innovative programmes in a company that supports working parents and is committed to the highest production values.

  • Ben Wilson

    Showrunner/Development Executive

    Full of grace (Tuesday’s Child)

    Ben Wilson has been working with Tuesday’s Child as a Series Producer and Development Executive since late 2018.

    In that time he co-developed and Series Produced new formats Killer Camp (ITV2 and The CW), Apocalypse Wow (ITV2) and Ghost Bus Tours (ITV2) whilst also contributing to the raft of new ideas Tuesday’s Child have in development and production.

    Previously as a freelance Series Producer and Senior Development Producer Ben worked with on Release the Hounds (ITV2), Carnage (Sky One), Bigheads (ITV1), Take the Tower (ITV4) and iScream 360 (BBC Three).

    What all the above shows have in common is a strong comedic backbone combined with epic scale. Ben loves making noisy blockbuster TV filled with edge of your seat excitement and drama.

    Ben started out as a comedy writer and performer. With his sketch group Idiots of Ants, Ben performed at comedy festivals all over the world, won multiple awards, was nominated for the Perrier Award and made a series for BBC Radio 4 and sketch show pilots for both BBC and E4. He later moved into directing commercials for brands like John Lewis and Pot Noodle before moving into “proper telly”.

    Ben is a dad to two young boys, a passionate Yorkshireman and a lover of cult TV and Film.