Dave Knowles is a film director, editor and cameraman who has worked at the BBC, ITN and Southern Television before setting up his own production company to work on projects all over the world. More recently he has been working on a series of programmes for his YouTube Channel on Jack’s Country. These programmes look at the countryside of Hampshire and Dorset the counties that featured so much in Jack Hargreaves Out of Town and Old Country programmes.

Early Life

Dave Knowles was Born 13.01.1950 Westminster Hospital, London. His Grandmother Francis Lee was on the stage as a trick cyclist troop (The Daimlers) who performed all over the world including the London Palladium and introduced him to the stage at the age of 11.

Acting at school

Played Pontius Pilate and Noah in Chester Mystery Plays

Played Artemidorus in George Bernard Shaws Caesar and Cleopatra (play)

Television Career

1966 – Joined BBC hoping to become a film cameraman but ended up in the accounts dept.

1969 – 1973 – Joined ITN and there worked as an assistant editor on Roving Report (‘Roving Reports’ was a series of worldwide documentary reports produced by United Press International Television News.

1969 – worked on The moon landing

1970 – worked on the Annapurna helped edit the material shot by an ITN crew that went with Chris Bonningtons expedition to climb Annapurna.

1969 – 1973 worked on day to day material from the Vietnam War as a assistant film editor.

1970 – I was the assistant editor that worked on the footage of the Dawson’s Field hijackings. September 6, 1970 five jet aircraft bound for New York City were hijacked by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of_Palestine. In the incident one hijacker was killed, and one injury was reported on El Al flight 219.) This was an exclusive to ITN  through one of UPITN’s stringer cameramen.

1973 – 1981 Southern Television as an editor.

1981 – 1985 Lacewing Productions Winchester

1985 – 1992 The Production Unit Totton and Eling

1992 to date Dave Knowles Films New Forest


1979 BAFTA Award “The Love of Helen” – Film Editor

1987 British Medical Association Award “Footcare for Diabetics” – Director/Editor

1989 British Medical Association Award “I Saw you in my Dreams” – Director/Editor

1991 British Medical Association Award “Vocational Training for the General Practitioner – Director/Editor

Out of Town and Old Country with Jack Hargreaves

In the later days of Southern Television Dave Knowles was the editor of Out of Town and worked very closely with Jack on the programme. After Southern lost their franchise he was the Producer and editor on 60 programmes for Channel 4 called “Old Country” using the same format and set that had been used at Southern Television for “Out of Town”. The programmes were made between 1983 and 1985 by his companies “Lacewing Productions” and later “The Production Unit”.

Old Country” was the first full network programme that Jack Hargreaves had ever made so it was a very important stage in Jacks broadcasting career.



Channel 4 Television – “Old Country” with Jack Hargreaves (60 programmes) – Producer/Editor

HTV West Television Commercials various – Producer/Editor

TVS Television South – Television Commercials – Producer/Editor



Bechtel – BP International – Esso Petroleum – Exxon Europe – Gulf Oil – Technip (Paris) – Maire Tecnimont – ADNOC Abu Dhabi – ADMA Abu Dhabi

(Construction & Engineering)
Bechtel – David Bowler – Brown & Root Vickers – Calberson – Olmi s.p.a. (Italy) – Strachan & Henshaw – Viet Fibre Optic Communications – Westland Helicopters

Crookes Healthcare – Lipha Pharmaceuticals – Merck Dermatology – Warner Lambert Healthcare

(Motor Industry)
Fiat – Yamaha – Suzuki

Midland Bank Insurance Group – Woolwich Building Society

Department of Education and Science – Department of Trade & Industry – Hampshire County Council – Test Valley Borough Council with Sir Michael Hordern presenting it.

ACT (Aid for Children with Trachestomies – BIBIC (The British Institute for Brain Injured Children) – Wessex Cancer Trust


BICC Vero – British Gas Southern – Grand Metropolitan – ITW DeVilbiss