Peter Batty a newspaper journalist, he joined the original BBC TV Tonight team, later becoming editor. He then set up his own production company to produce, direct and write for film and TV, Awards include the Grand Prix for a documentary at the Venice Film Festival and the Silver Dove from the Leipzig Film Festival for his Fall and Rise of the House of Krupp (also a book). He produced and scripted for BBC TV two documentaries on Tito. The Daily Mail found them "fascinating" and The Sunday Telegraph "excellent", while The Sunday Times described them as a "damning investigation into the political dealings of the Yugoslav Partisan leader". He also produced and scripted 6 episodes of the award-winning TV series The World at War. Most of his independent productions were shown in the USA, particularly his 5 part series on the American Civil War entitled The Divided Union (also a book) which was distributed in home-video by Reader's Digest. He is the author of two film tie-in books and third on the Algerian War published in France.