Aaqil is the commissioning editor of over 50 hours of religious and non-religious programming a year, from one-hour documentaries through to mini-series and major landmark events on Channel 4. His previous management positions have been in the BBC, where he has served as acting editor at Specialist Factual and deputy editor of General Documentaries, Religion and Ethics.
His notable contribution has been as deputy editor of ‘Islam UK’, the ground-breaking and award winning high profile season on BBC 2 that was broadcast in August 2001.
Aaqil was Executive Producer on ‘Headhunting the Homeless’, a three part observational series on BBC 2, following homeless people given a chance by the Princes Trust to get a foothold in the job market. He was also the executive producer of the BBC 2 documentary strand Everyman – films included ‘Richard Gere on Buddhism’, ‘When the God Squad Came to town’, ‘Mothers against Guns’, ‘Turning Boys into Men’ as well as others.
Aaqil grew up in up in Wigan and then Bolton. At eighteen he went to art college where he discovered film and photography and started to think about a career in the media. He made his first student film about the first Gulf War and gained some work experience with Channel 4. Later he made another film about Kuwaiti refugees in London. His work attracted the attention of his tutors and on graduating from the University of Westminster he was offered the post of researcher at the BBC.