We are currently in production and development on a wide range of primetime singles and series for UK and international broadcasters. Many of these projects involve highly sensitive access to institutions and individuals.
World’s Busiest Airport
Secret Life of the Hospital
The Secret Life of the Long-Haul Flight
Paedophilia is Britain’s most taboo crime – with over 400 people arrested for downloading and viewing indecent images of children every month. Each of these offenders has a family. But the families’ perspectives are rarely heard.
This extraordinary 90-minute film follows two families as they deal with the shock and trauma of a family member being convicted of possessing indecent images. For the wives, partners and children who knew nothing until the arrest, the revelation can unhinge everything they thought was normal and safe.
Tracing the impact over 18 months, this film captures each family – the wives, the children and the offenders themselves – as they navigate fraught relationships, deal with the shame and the stigma of the offence, and make difficult decisions about their future. It is a deeply powerful exploration of the nature of betrayal, family and relationships.
But as these families lived under the constant fear of vigilante attacks, we devised an innovative technique designed to protect the identity of the families involved. Everything the audience hear will be real and authentic documentary, whilst everything they see will be beautifully crafted drama – using lip-synced performances from actors (who appear to speak the words). This allows the films to combine the emotional intensity and intimacy of documentary with the heightened aesthetic of drama.
The cast is led by actor Sinead Keenan who recently won Best Actor (Female) at the Royal Television Society Awards and was nominated for Leading Actress at the BAFTA TV Awards for her role in Little Boy Blue.
"The unusual format and queasy subject matter create a deeply eerie film about shame, shock and (widely varying levels of) forgiveness, captured so intimately that there is even room for humour, albeit so dark that Chris Morris might have baulked."
"Made over 12 months, this powerful film documents the effects of being charged with this crime on two families – the wives, the children and the offenders themselves."
“Technically outstanding, truly innovative and utterly coherent”
Judge - Broadcast Awards 2019
The MSC Seaside is one of the biggest cruise ships in the world. Built at a cost of over £1 billion and weighing in at 160,000 tonnes, it’s home to more than 6500 people.
With 2100 guest rooms and 800 staff cabins, the Seaside is a giant floating hotel, an astonishing feat of engineering, and a glamorous holiday destination. But how does this city at sea actually work?
With privileged access to every part of the cruise’s operation, this 90-minute special uncovers the army of people, amazing technology and complex systems that keep this extraordinary ship at the top of its game.
Filmed in every area of the ship, we meet the engineers, cooks, cleaners and cabin stewards, that keep this Mega ship running. Full of surprising facts and engaging characters, Secrets of the Mega Cruise reveals life on board in a way that viewers have never seen before
Susan has a long track record of producing highly successful television. She has created and produced a wide range of acclaimed factual programmes. These include the BBC’s multi-platform current affairs debate show, Free Speech, RTS Award-nominated documentaries for Channel 4, and Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away for Channel 5. The series was one of Channel 5’s highest rating programmes for 2014.
Susan has also series produced many long-running factual formats, including BBC2’s The Restaurant. She has also worked extensively in the U.S. and Canada on documentaries and formats.
When you are accused of a serious crime, everything is at stake. Your family, your friendships, your freedom. Every part of your life will come under scrutiny. Caught on the wrong side of the law and with the evidence mounting, could you cope? Or would you crack under the pressure? Only you know if you are telling the truth. Are you innocent or guilty?
The Accused tells the dramatic stories of people at the most vital and most terrifying moment of their lives. With unprecedented access, it reveals the true inside story of what happens when you are accused of a crime. Featuring the defendant, their family and their lawyers, it reveals the personal cost of every charge, watching each case unfold from the defendant’s point of view. It shares every twist and turn of this traumatic experience from their first meeting with their lawyers right up to the verdict.
Nominated for best Single Documentary at the RTS, Broadcast, the Association of International Broadcasters, and Bulldog awards; shortlisted for The Griersons; and celebrated by the BFI as the Best of British Television in 2017.
We are now making an 8 episode series on US cases for A&E for 2019.
“As close as we’re going to get to an accurate depiction of the court process, taking all the elements of classic thriller – lies, flip-flops, emotional trauma – and filtering them through real lives, and with real consequences.”
“A remarkable film which has the potential to create a new genre in television…”
“A first for British television”
The Sunday Times
Paul has had a wide-ranging career in radio and television. He’s been an account manager at BskyB, responsible for numerous successful advertising campaigns across the entertainment channels, PR and events. These include many of Sky’s prestigious dramas and factual series as well as Sky Movies campaigns. He was also part of the team that launched the Sky Store and On Demand platform.
More recently he has worked at several indies on a range of factual series and singles, including Vets In The Front Line, The Gift (w/t) and Touch’s hit series about High Court Enforcement agents Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away.
With over 20 years of experience in the industry Charlie has directed primetime TV across all factual genres. As a Series Producer/Show Runner he has delivered highly successful documentaries for the BBC (Trawlermen, The Queen’s Cavalry, Crisis on Jimmy’s Farm,) ITV (Ice Rink on the Estate), Channel 4 (The Catch, Jimmy and the Giant Supermarket, Jimmy’s Forest), Discovery Channel (Jungle Gold, Combat Dealers,) and National Geographic (The Raid). He is currently an Executive Producer on Channel 5’s Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away.
Each year over 300 million passengers, fly over 6 billion miles on long-haul flights - epic daily journeys made by some of world’s biggest planes. Like flying hotels, they transport people across the world in comfort and style. But what does it take to keep these giants in the sky?
This engaging and revealing 90’ Special takes the viewer on the ultimate insider’s tour of life in the skies. It follows one of the longest flights in the world – from London to Sydney, Australia on one of the biggest planes in the world – the A380. With exclusive behind the scenes access, it reveals cabin crew secrets, hidden rest areas and discovers how they transport animals, cook the food and service the plane - all against the clock. On board we meet some of the passengers who are making the journeys of a lifetime, travelling to meet a long-lost family and starting a new life down under.
This absorbing reveals the challenges, the deadlines and the everyday miracles of modern air travel.
“With unprecedented access to Australian flag carrier airline Qantas, this revealing documentary takes viewers on the ultimate insiders tour of life in the skies”
The Daily Mail
After a career working in the voluntary sector, Anna joined the media industry 17 years ago, cutting her teeth first in the Guardian newsroom before moving on to current affairs programming and access observational documentaries for both Channel 4 and the BBC.
Since then she has produced hundreds of hours of prime-time television working with top Independent companies as well as taking senior positions with the BBC and Channel 5’s production arms. Passionate about storytelling, Anna is committed to delivering editorial and narrative excellence. She is currently the Series Producer for Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away.
For centuries, the Mona Lisa has sat at the heart of the art world, surrounded by crowds, gazed at by millions.
But despite the endless attention and adulation, she remains a mystery – an icon hidden behind that enigmatic smile.
This landmark documentary made worldwide news and re-writes our understanding of the world’s most famous painting. With exclusive access to brand new discoveries about the Mona Lisa, the film reveals that the Mona Lisa we see today is not the original. It reveals that Leonardo’s original painting lies hidden, underneath the ne we know today.
Told as a genuine detective journey by Andrew Graham Dixon, this acclaimed documentary reveals who she was and where she lived; it decodes centuries old documents; and uses state of the art technology to deliver conclusions that shocked the world.
"This was impressive programme-making. Each piece of the jigsaw got just the right emphasis, sweeping us along on Graham-Dixon’s journey with all the vigour of a thriller.”
“…it had consequences more dramatic than any police drama… This was powerful, insightful stuff.”
Immigration is a contentious issue that’s dominated British politics for generations. But over half a century ago, it ignited on the streets of Britain, as people reacted violently to the first wave of new arrivals.
Politicians stoked the flames of racial conflict. None more so than Peter Griffiths, who in 1964 seized power in the West Midlands town of Smethwick, in a racially charged election that encouraged hatred and bigotry across Britain.
Griffiths’ campaign prompted prejudice and discrimination, assassination attempts and terrorism, burning crosses and even a British Ku Klux Klan.
This is the forgotten story of how 50 years ago fear and desperation ripped a community apart, fanned the flames of racism and took a small corner of England to the brink of racial segregation.
“Utterly compelling…” The Scotsman
“Essential Viewing…” The Telegraph
“A remarkable cautionary tale…” The Guardian.
It’s been estimated that 15 million families in the UK are living on a financial knife edge – falling behind on bills and using credit to pay for essential costs.
244 people are declared insolvent or bankrupt every day.
A property is repossessed every 25 minutes.
What happens when you get into debt – and you can’t or won’t pay it back?
With nearly 9 million Britons in severe debt and with evictions spiraling, Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away reveals the dramatic stories of what happens when High Court Enforcement Agents knock on the door. With exclusive access to some of the country’s most experienced agents, we meet Britons at the sharp end of debt. From celebrities to school dinner ladies, shop owners and benefits claimants, every knock on the door reveals a different world. We meet those who can’t pay and those who won’t pay, those who are owed money and those who have lost everything.
In the process we see the agents face moral dilemmas, death threats on the doorsteps and heart-breaking evictions. Each programme in the series has a range of cases that reveal at first hand what it is to lose your home and the issues faced by the agents trying to carry out the court’s commands.
Hearing from all sides involved, it witnesses violent confrontations, distraught debtors, downright liars and genuine cases of hardship.
‘Can’t Pay gives a compelling snapshot of Britain today, one which is more accurate than many a poll or study’
‘Greed, fear, avarice, cruelty, violent confrontations – it’s all here - just like a suburban version of Game of Thrones, only with writs, instead of weapons’.
‘Equal parts compassion, desperation and inspiration, it follows the work of High Court Enforcement Officers whose job it is to implement High Court writs to those who have failed to make repayments on a debt.’
Critical Condition is an up-close, unflinching and immersive look at the critical moments when patients in a life-threatening condition come through a hospital’s doors. Filmed at the Royal University Hospital in Stoke, this gripping documentary series, filmed with extraordinary access to a hospital trauma unit and other emergency departments, charts the vital interventions, actions and medical strategies that the specialist consultants and their teams experience while delivering immediate life-saving care. Ground-breaking in its approach, Critical Condition puts viewers right at the heart of this life and death battle. It’s a powerful, moving and ultimately awe-inspiring look at how staff work to save the lives of their sickest and most injured patients.
“Critical Condition brings new vitality to medical TV”
“There are times when this stunning fly-on-the-wall documentary makes 24 Hours in A&E look like Carry on Doctor”
“An extraordinary new Channel 5 series”
Mail on Sunday
“Critical Condition: the most nerve shreddingly hardcore hospital doc ever”
Thousands of women across Britain live in fear of their partner. Brutal attacks happen every day and shockingly two women are murdered every week by their partners.
The Abused, a 90 minute documentary special, is a journey inside the lives of two victims of domestic abuse. It tells the story of two women, Hazel and Kelly, who were attacked in the same week in Norfolk and follows their lives as events unfold in the days after.
With remarkable access to the women themselves and the inside story of the police investigation as it unfolds, this shocking documentary reveals the heart-breaking reality of life inside a violent relationship.
It chronicles the fear that prevents them seeking help, and the long, fearful and terrifying process women endure within an investigation - as they wait to find out if the person they once loved who has caused them so much fear and pain will face justice.
Reviews “This feature-length documentary from the people behind 2017’s The Accused is another hard-hitting factual gem…. An important film which highlights Clare’s Law, whereby people can ask police if their partner has a history of domestic violence”. The Observer
“This is unflinching stuff. It stands as a mighty tribute both to the women’s bravery and honesty in the face of relentless violence, intimidation and manipulation, and to the police... it cements The Abused as a fine piece of socially responsible documentary-making”. The Daily Telegraph
“It’s an important film that will help any woman trapped in an abusive relationship. Prepare to feel sad, furious and in awe of these strong women”. The Sun
“Harrowing but important film”. The Daily Telegraph
“Raw and powerful film”. The Sunday Times
“Powerful one-off documentary …. A tough but important watch *****” TV Times
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta has been the world’s busiest airport for the last two decades. Last year alone, 104 million passengers passed through its terminals and concourses with a flight taking off and landing every 15 seconds. But how does the world’s busiest airport continue to perform, day after day, year after year, under the load of 2 million passengers a week?
With privileged access to every part of the airport’s operation, it reveals the army of controllers, loading agents, baggage handlers and airline staff work together to get aircraft turned around and off to their next destination. We meet the engineers and technicians who keep the ground transportation systems running smoothly, and we reveal the special measures that keep security queues to a minimum and get passengers with the tightest of connections to their flight on time.
We all take hospitals for granted. They are there when we need them to perform life-saving or life-giving operations, treatments and assistance. But what really goes on behind the scenes to make these vital institutions work?
This 90’ Special takes viewers to the beating heart of the hospital in a way they’ve never seen before. Full of restricted access to areas of a major UK hospital, it reveals the vast network of people and processes behind the frontline medical staff that keep a busy hospital ticking 24 hours a day.