Paul Diffley

EDinburgh based Filmmaker, Self-Shooting PD & Adventure Cameraman


Paul has worked freelance for the BBC and independent production companies since 2007. Although specialising in adventure and remote access, Paul is available as a cameraman or self-shooting director for any documentary or reality TV work.

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 “Paul is not only a highly skilled single camera operator working to an impressive standard but someone who really understands the clients' needs. His broadcast work for Triple Echo Productions has been consistently exceptional - distinguished by great images, good audio, an ability to appreciate the needs of a wide variety of talent and an unwavering commitment to the project in hand. We have no hesitation in highly recommending Paul.”

Richard Else, Director, Triple Echo Productions

"We approached Paul to shoot and direct on location for the BBC documentary 'Riding the Ridge' with Danny MacAskill (coproduced with CutMedia). There aren't many professionals who can combine journalistic nous and story gathering skills whilst camera operating on a knife edged ridge; add to that long days, huge access hikes and technical climbing. Paul pulled them all together brilliantly, bringing home jaw dropping visuals and terrific content."

Hamish Barbour, Managing Director, IWC Media 

Selected Broadcast Credits

The Adventure Show (2007 – 2018)  BBC Scotland

Adventure sports primetime show - Cameraman on Series 3 to 10 shooting a variety of sports events including adventure racing, mountain biking, kayaking, sailing and rock climbing. Directed and edited numerous presenter-led features.

Danny MacAskill: Riding The Ridge   (2014)  BBC Scotland

A BAFTA nominated behind-the-scenes documentary following Scottish street trials rider Danny MacAskill as he films his latest viral on the notorious Cuillin Ridge line on the Isle of Skye. (Location Director + Camera credit) 

Epic Climber (2014)  Epic TV 

Adventure sport reality show featuring four of the world’s best climbers competing over four climbing disciplines in the Chamonix valley to be crowned ‘Epic Climber’.

The One Show – Inaccessible Pinnacle Feature (2014)  BBC 1

A short feature showing TV presenter and adventurer Andy Torbet as he climbed the country’s most difficult Munro summit, The Inaccessible Pinnacle on the Skye Ridge. 

Sore in the Saddle (2014)  BBC Scotland

A feature length documentary following a 1,300 kilometres Audax (non-competitive bike event) around the Highlands of Scotland. (Shortlisted for an RTS Scotland award)

Grand Tours of Scotland (2012)  BBC Scotland 

Recorded Paul Murton ice climbing high up on Ben Nevis. 

The Ultimate Marathon Man (2011)  BBC Scotland

Harris - Hebridean Heartland (2011)  BBC Scotland 

5 Climbs, 5 Islands (2010)  BBC Scotland – (Production credit – Editor)

The Great Climb (2010)  BBC2

A BAFTA winning live broadcast from the daunting overhanging cliff face at Sron Uladail on the Isle of Harris. Leading climbers, Dave MacLeod and Tim Emmett, succeed on a first ascent of an extreme new route.

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