Albert Barber trained as a Typographer/Designer working on Books for Hamish Hamilton and Shell and as a freelance Graphic Designer and Photographer with a number of credits for Readers Digest Books, Shell Guide to Scotland and Temple Press magazine Motorboat and Yachting.
Joined the BBC as a Film assistant in BBC Film Department and quickly moved to Presentation Department making Trailers and Network Directing becoming Promotions Producer. He then joined Children’s Department writing and Directing including PlaySchool and Playaway. As a BBC Producer he devised Think of a Number and Think Again with Johnny Ball winning several International Television awards including a BAFTA Harlequin, EBU Prix Jeunesse, the Asian Broadcasting Union Award and was nominated for the United States Television EMI. Devised and Produced Windmill with Chris Serle which was also Nominated for a BAFTA.
Moving to Drama he became first a Producer/Director and then Producer of Grange Hill and also acted as Executive Producer for BBC Independent Programmes. Directed and Produced with writer Sid Waddell, two series of Sloggers, (Sid won Writers Guild Award for Sloggers) Sloggers was a Childrens’ Drama about Cricket, with young actors Ralph Little and Jane Danson. Took early retirement package and worked on Casualty, EastEnders, Heartbeat and The Bill where he cast James McAvoy in his first Televion role.
On leaving the BBC he is a freelance Director which includes work for BBC and ITV productions. He has lectured at both BBC Evesham, and BBC Television Training at Elstree and Ravensbourne. He occasionally designs for print and is skilled with Quark, In Design, Photoshop and illustrator. He is also a member of BAFTA and the Royal Institution of Great Britain. He qualified as a Canterbury Cathedral Guide in 2012.