Conor Woodman

Conor T. P. Woodman[1] (born 21 March 1974) is an Irish director, television presenter, author and public speaker, best known as the host of Scam City and Around the World in 80 Trades.

Conor Woodman
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Born21 March 1974 (age 45)
Galway, Ireland
Alma materUniversity of Manchester
OccupationAuthor, Director, Television presenter
EmployerNational Geographic, Channel 4, BBC, Radio 4
Phoebe Waller-Bridge
(m. 2014; div. 2018)

Personal life

Conor Woodman was born in Galway, Ireland on 21 March 1974. He is the son of Professor Ciaran Woodman (1954–2015),[2][3] a cancer epidemiologist, and Dr. Miriam Woodman; he is the elder brother of Ciaran Woodman, Jr.

Woodman moved to Birmingham, England at the age of eight. He attended King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys and King Edward's School, Birmingham.[4] He later graduated from The University of Manchester.

Woodman is a former financial analyst turned investigative journalist. He has written and reported from the many parts of the world on a variety of social concerns, ranging from gangs and organised crime, to slavery and diamond smuggling, to forest fires and salmon farming.[5]

Woodman was married to British actress and playwright Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The couple announced they were divorcing in 2017.[6]


In 2009, he published his first book, The Adventure Capitalist,[7] chronicling his experiences trading his way around the globe.

His second book, Unfair Trade: The Truth Behind Big Business, Politics and Fair Trade[8] was published in 2011. Unfair Trade was long-listed for the 2012 Orwell Prize.[9]

Woodman's third book, Sharks: Investigating The Criminal Heart of the Global City was published by September Publishing in March 2017.[10]

Woodman has also written for several newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, TNT, Wanderlust, Conde Nast and Wexas Traveller.[5]


In 2009, Woodman presented the Channel 4 travel and adventure series Around the World in 80 Trades.[11] The 4-part series is based on his book, The Adventure Capitalist.

From 2012–2014, Woodman hosted two seasons of the National Geographic Channel show Scam City, in which he travels to various popular cities around the globe and reveals the darker side of tourism.[12] Scam City was nominated for a Broadcast Digital Award in 2014[13] and in 2015 for Best Factual Series at the Canadian Screen Awards.

Woodman presented two-part ITV series Hunting the Doorstep Conmen in 2013.[14] In October, he presented Exposure: Britain's Booming Cannabis Business for ITV part of ITV's award-winning Exposure strand.[15]

In 2015, Woodman reported on 3 episodes of BBC1's flagship consumer affairs show Watchdog.[16][17]

In August 2016, it was announced that Woodman would host an eight part series for Channel 4 and History Channel Canada entitled Hunting Nazi Treasure. The first season aired on History Channel Canada in October 2017.[18]


In 2014, Woodman produced and directed his first feature documentary film, True Appaloosa. The film follows Scott Engstrom, an Appaloosa horse breeder, to Kyrgyzstan as she tries to track down a horse that she thought looked like an Appaloosa while watching the TV show Around the World in 80 Trades. Engstrom believed that DNA from the horse might be able to prove that the true source of the North American Appaloosa horse was Asia and not Europe as the history books claim.[19] In January 2015, a 60-minute version of the film was transmitted on the BBC to critical acclaim.[20] The feature-length documentary premiered at the Sun Valley, Idaho Film Festival in March 2015.[21]

In October 2015, Woodman's dramatic short film Jester[12] premiered at the Sunscreen West Film Festival in Los Angeles.[22]


Woodman regularly reports back on his travels for the BBC's flagship current affairs show From Our Own Correspondent and is also a guest presenter on Radio 4's Costing the Earth.


  • Woodman, Conor Around The World in 80 Trades - The Adventure Capitalist; London: Non Basic Stock Line, 2009
  • Woodman, Conor Unfair Trade: How Big Business Exploits the World's Poor and Why It Doesn't Have To; London: Random House, 2011


  1. ^ "Mr C.T.P. Woodman and Ms P.M. Waller-Bridge - Engagements Announcements - Telegraph Announcements".
  2. ^ "Mr C.T.P. Woodman and Ms P.M. Waller-Bridge - Engagements Announcements - Telegraph Announcements".
  3. ^ Watts, Geoff (2015). "Ciaran Bernard John Woodman". The Lancet. 385 (9986): 2458. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(15)61130-8.
  4. ^ Laws, Roz (2012). "Beaten by robbers in strip club scam; TV detective tells of ordeal to expose holiday crimes". Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Broadcasting Clients | ROAR Broadcasting". Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  6. ^ Logan, Elizabeth (31 December 2017). "Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Husband Conor Woodman Are Divorcing".
  7. ^ Woodman, C. (2009). Around the World in 80 Trades. Pan Macmillan UK. ISBN 9781743034712. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  8. ^ Woodman, C. (2012). Unfair Trade: The shocking truth behind ‘ethical’ business. Random House. ISBN 9781446473016. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Long Lists | The Orwell Prize". Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Sharks: Investigating the Criminal Heart of the Global City - September Publishing". September Publishing. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Around the World in 80 Trades (TV Mini-Series 2009) - IMDb". Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Jester (2015) Short, Comedy, Drama - IMDb". 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Broadcast Digital Awards 2014". Archived from the original on 20 June 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  14. ^ "Current Affairs | Commissioning". Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  15. ^ "ITV Exposure finds torture and coercion in Britain's home-grown cannabis industry". ITV News. 14 October 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  16. ^ Laws, Roz (21 January 2015). "Birmingham TV presenter Conor Woodman reveals all about his search for a rare horse".
  17. ^ "Holiday Scams - Conor Woodman explains how to stay safe from scam artists and thieves". 18 June 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  18. ^ Franks, Nico (11 August 2016). "Canuck, UK nets hunt Nazi treasure". Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  19. ^ "New film explores theory around ancient origins of the appaloosa horse". 5 September 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  20. ^ Raeside, Julia (22 January 2015). "Up the Women review – could it be the Dad's Army of the suffragette movement?".
  21. ^ "True Appaloosa".
  22. ^ "Sunscreen West Film Festival".

External links

Exposure (UK TV series)

Exposure is a current affairs strand, broadcast in the United Kingdom on the ITV network. The programme comprises long-form films, investigating and exploring domestic and foreign topics. Episodes are produced both by independent production companies and in-house by ITV Studios. The average budget for a single edition is between £150,000 and £200,000.The series was commissioned by Peter Fincham, ITV's Director of Television, and is a sister show to year-round current affairs strand Tonight. It made its debut on Monday 26 September 2011 – airing at 22.40, directly after ITV News at Ten. Since its launch, the programme has usually occupied this near-peak slot, but has also been shown as late as 23.10. On 3 March 2015, it made its only appearance to date in primetime, airing at 21.00.

The series was broadcast on Mondays in 2011 and Wednesdays in 2012. The 2013 series was billed as an eight-episode run (the longest to date), with five of the editions airing on consecutive Thursdays in their traditional autumn slots and the remaining three being broadcast as standalone episodes between February and July 2014.

In January 2014 it was announced that ITV would no longer air episodes in a series block, instead spreading them throughout the year. Independent producers expressed concern that this would result in fewer editions, but ITV said the changes allowed for a more flexible approach regarding delivery deadlines, which are often complicated by the need for legal clearance before broadcast.The three standalone editions aired in early-mid 2014 as part of series 3 from 2013 effectively meant that there was no 2014 series of the strand. The programme began its first non-series run in January 2015.

Promotional trailers for individual editions are rare, but the strand itself featured in a promo for ITV's news and current affairs coverage (along with ITV News, Tonight and The Agenda) in late 2012.

King Edward's School, Birmingham

King Edward's School (KES) is an independent day school for boys in Edgbaston, an area of Birmingham, England. Founded by King Edward VI in 1552, it is part of the Foundation of the Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham.

It is a boys' school, although it shares the site, and is twinned, with King Edward VI High School for Girls (KEHS). Whilst the two schools are run completely separately, dramatic arts, societies, music and other events are often shared; the schools also share a couple of hockey pitches and several clubs. The shared area is called Winterbourne after the nearby Winterbourne Botanic Garden.

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys is a highly selective Grammar School in Birmingham, United Kingdom. It is one of the most academically successful schools in the United Kingdom, currently ranked 3rd among state schools. It is widely regarded as one of the best schools in the UK, as every year many students get offers from prestigious Universities such as Oxford and Cambridge. The name is retained from the previous location at Camp Hill in central Birmingham from where the school moved to the Vicarage Road in the suburb of Kings Heath in 1956, sharing a campus with its sister school, also formerly located in Camp Hill. It is a school which specializes in Science, Mathematics, and Applied Learning. In 2006, the school was assessed by The Sunday Times as state school of the year. A Year 9 student was 2011 winner of The Guardian Children's Fiction Page and the Gold Award in the British Physics Olympiad was won by a King Edward VI Camp Hill student in September 2011.Ofsted inspections classify Camp Hill as an Outstanding Provider.

March 21

March 21 is the 80th day of the year (81st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 285 days remain until the end of the year.

In astrology, the day of the equinox is the first full day of the sign of Aries. It is also the traditional first day of the astrological year. In the 21st century, the equinox usually occurs on March 19 or 20; it occurred on March 21 only in 2003 and 2007. The next year in which the equinox occurs on March 21 will be 2102.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge (born 14 July 1985) is an English actress, writer, playwright and director. She is best known for creating and starring in BBC Three comedy-drama Fleabag and for writing and producing the BBC America drama Killing Eve, based on novels by Luke Jennings.

Scam City

Scam City is a television show which started airing on Travel + Escape in June 2012, and has subsequently aired on the National Geographic Channel, and in Australia on the subscription channel Nat Geo People. Host Conor Woodman travels to some of the world's most popular cities in an effort to expose the darker side of tourism.

Victoria Shalet

Victoria Shalet (born 9 December 1981) is an English former actress most famous for her role as Harmony in the award-winning CBBC adaptation of the Dick King-Smith book The Queen's Nose.

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