Isher
Sahota

After being selected for a coveted place on the BBC’s New Directors scheme, Isher has directed Doctors and Father Brown for BBC Studios, Hollyoaks for Lime Pictures/Channel 4, and is currently directing Film 2 of the latest series of McDonald & Dodds for Mammoth Screen/ITV.

Isher was nominated for Edinburgh TV’s New Voices Award in 2020 for his original script The Rise and Fall of Ronak Malhotra, which was subsequently optioned by Objective Fiction. He has two other original television programmes in development with independent production companies. His writing for screen and television is concerned with representing important counter narratives about multiculturalism, in compelling genre shapes.

Isher has directed a number of short films with frequent collaborator Jamie Macdonald through their company Paisley Films. Their most recent short film, a period comedy called Goodnight Henry, was backed by the BFI and stars Joseph Marcell, Sharon Rooney, and Ryan Gage. It is due for release in 2022.

In early 2021, Isher observed the unique effects of the pandemic on the Indian community of Southall. He diverged from fiction filmmaking to direct a documentary for Vice World News. Unprecedented access and authenticity has led to over 2 million views on YouTube.

Following his participation on a BAFTA jury, Isher was invited to become a full voting member in 2021.

In early 2022, Isher is set to direct his debut feature Dirty Little Lies through Bonaparte Films - his new venture with producer Jon Tarcy. Dirty Little Lies is a dark comedy that seeks to portray the reality of a British Asian family as never seen before on UK screens.

CV

Television

Director 

Producer Rebecca Davies; Damien Timmer (Exec)

A shy and enigmatic Detective Sergeant is partnered with a wildly ambitious Detective Chief Inspector to solve crimes in the historic city of Bath.

Mammoth Screen for ITV
Producer Will Trotter (Exec)

Inspired by the stories of GK Chesterton, this series follows a Catholic priest solving mysteries in an English village.



BBC Studios for BBC One
Hollyoaks
9 x 30'
Producer Gary Sewell, Philip Dodds
Writer Shaun Kitchener
Lime Pictures for Channel 4
Doctors
31 x 30'
Producer Mike Hobson (Exec)

Regular director on BBC One’s Doctors (30+ eps) since being selected for the BBC New Directors Scheme.

BBC Studios for BBC One
Writer Jon Tarcy & Gabriel Owen
Starring
  • Liam Neeson
  • Jemma Redgrave
  • Best TV Pilot/Web Series* London Independent Film Awards, Grand Jury Prize London Independent Film Awards, Official Selection Pilot Light Festival.

    Life in Black is a glimpse into the humble beginnings of actors and the miserable ends of their teachers.

    Strada Productions / Company Pictures

    Writer & Creator 

    A fairytale about class and ethnicity in contemporary Britain.

    Objective Fiction
    In development

    Thriller series exploring the explosive intersection of different strata in UK contemporary society, set against the backdrop of Punjabi-run illegal alcohol trading.

    Cove Pictures
    In development

    Shanti, a recently arrived Indian nurse, weaves magic and storytelling while working as a nanny for a family in disrepair in the highlands of Scotland.

    Story First

    Film

    Writer & Director 

    Producer Jamie Macdonald; Jo Cadoret (Exec)

    When the Prime Minister dies in scandalous circumstances, Mr Pageant - his closest advisor - must salvage the country's free trade deal with the visiting French ambassador whilst limiting the damage a chambermaid may cause to the country's reputation.

    Paisley Films, BFI

    On a holy day in Southall, a young woman inadvertently appears as a vision of a goddess, compelling a grandmother to try to heal her disabled grandson.

    Paisley Films
    Jinn
    Short

    Made through Encounters Film Festival's Widening The Lens Scheme.'Jinn' is a short film about the belief in spirit possession in South Asian communities in the UK, and how it is used to cover up mental health issues.

    Paisley Films

    Official Selection 2017 London Independent Film Festival. Sci-fi comedycharting an anomaly in space and time on a night out for Liam Williams.

    Paisley Films

    Director 

    Documentary film on the effect of Covid on the community of Southall. Portraying the community with unprecedented access and authenticity has led to over 2 million YouTube views.

    Vice World News