My pal and colleague Aidan Laverty, who has died aged 55 of most cancers, was a proficient tv producer and government who impressed belief, loyalty and friendship. Few folks turned the enterprise of constructing tv into such enjoyable.
He was most likely finest referred to as editor of the BBC’s Horizon sequence, the place he launched the world to the 5:2 food regimen via the Michael Mosley film Eat, Fast and Live Longer (2012).
Tall and witty, with a wealthy voice, Aidan was immediately recognisable. He had an outrageous present for extravagant metaphor: a movie can be “on ultimate method with the flaps down” if it was almost completed and searching good.
Aidan’s BBC profession took off when he joined Newsnight in 1992. He grew to become a profitable producer and output editor earlier than evolving into an investigative journalist on Panorama. Engaged on the “immediate historical past” movie Ethical Fight (2000) concerning the struggle in Kosovo, he doggedly tracked down the best way the CIA had used peace displays as cowl for his or her involvement within the run-up to the struggle. After 9/11 he produced a succession of quick turnaround movies underneath intense stress.
In 2002 he moved to the BBC’s Science unit, to additional develop his film-making and storytelling expertise. This bore fruit with the provocatively titled movie Derek Tastes of Earwax (about synesthesia, 2004). There adopted a succession of assorted and groundbreaking programmes, together with a memorable sequence taking James Might to the sting of house in a U2 spy airplane (James May on the Moon, 2009) and producing the landmark sequence The Story of Science (2010). As editor of Horizon (2010-13) he oversaw the spectacularly profitable The Secret Lifetime of the Cat and The Reality About Train, which championed the advantages of excessive depth interval coaching.
Born in Finchley, north London, Aidan was the son of Northern Irish mother and father, Frank Laverty, a photographer, and Patsy (nee Cunningham), a trainer. After the household moved to Purley, in south London, Aidan went to Whitgift faculty in Croydon. He did a level in info engineering at Christ’s School, Cambridge, adopted by a diploma in laptop science.
After leaving the BBC in 2016, Aidan began a brand new profession in Australia as an government with the ABC, the place he was promoted quickly. He was flying excessive, vastly appreciated by his new employer, when he was identified with most cancers this yr.
Away from work Aidan had a ardour for crusing, and in Australia took up long-distance swimming. He took enjoyment of displaying folks an aerial photograph of himself swimming throughout Bondi surrounded by sharks.
I met Aidan engaged on Newsnight. He was energetic, good, light and type, and the trade has misplaced a beautiful expertise.
He’s survived by his spouse, Claudia (nee Doets), whom he married in 2013, and their two daughters, Belia and Livia.