Alan Fairholm began his television career in October 1983 when he joined Tyne Tees Television on a Youth Training Scheme; in June 1990 he left to join Zenith North as the Assistant Accountant on Byker Grove. He was part of the team that worked on the ITV Factual show Blues and Twos, the first show of its kind to use mini-cam technology. He also helped to launch the hugely successful Smtv/Cduk, the Saturday morning show that changed the face of children’s television in the UK.
In 2009, Alan was approached by the BBC to set up Tracy Beaker Returns which was to be shot in the North East, three years on, a BAFTA award and ratings success the series evolved into the Dumping Ground and has continued to attract record audiences and awards in equal measure. As a measure of the success of the series the BBC developed Wolfblood. The series along with The Dumping Ground has become a key BBC brand and both continue to show-case the region.