We are currently producing a crime drama for BBC One written by Tony Schumacher and starring Martin Freeman as a police officer working a gruelling series of night shifts on the streets of Liverpool.
THE SALISBURY POISONINGS
This 3 x 60min factual drama for BBC One follows the local community story behind the 2018 Novichok attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury. Written by Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson and directed by Saul Dibb, the series stars Anne-Marie Duff, Rafe Spall, Myanna Buring, Annabel Scholey, Johnny Harris & Mark Addy.
It transmitted in June 2020 with ten million viewers and is the highest rating drama on British TV since 2018.
“The Salisbury Poisonings is a deeply affecting piece of television – and as it turns out, the obvious story was not the most interesting story after all.”
Radio Times ****
“…beautifully judged, superbly acted and utterly absorbing…properly thrilling, grown-up drama…the writing here was nicely understated, the human stories well crafted and the unfolding crisis detailed without sensationalism.”
The Times ****
“There’s a danger with relying so heavily on factual accuracy, that the human aspects of the drama are overlooked. This couldn’t happen here, thanks to a deliberate decision to cast actors known for their emotional performances”
Daily Mail *****
“Above all, the drama played a characteristically honourable tribute to the only person who died in the Salisbury poisonings, but has since been so overlooked that she rates only the most passing of mentions in Wikipedia’s lengthy entry on the ‘Poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal’.”
“Deeply researched by writers Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson, The Salisbury Poisonings is a compelling story that delves deep beneath the spy vs spy headlines and carries lessons for us today. Act fast. Be decisive.”
The i *****
“The oppressive scale, unwieldiness and essential unknowability of the developing problem is – we can say now with unwanted certainty – perfectly evoked.”
The Guardian ****
THE NEW POPE
We were thrilled to be asked by Wildside Productions in Italy to be the UK Producer for The New Pope directed by the Oscar winning Paolo Sorrentino and starring Jude Law and John Malkovich.
DELHI CRIME STORY
We’re also thrilled to have developed Delhi Crime Story with Golden Karavan and Ivanhoe Pictures, premiering at Sundance in January 2019.
Based on the 2012 rape case in Delhi that shocked the world, the series centres on the heroic actions of the Delhi police. With the eyes of the world upon it, the investigation is led by one passionate female officer who was driven to find the perpetrators by the crime’s extreme brutality.
“We wanted to illustrate and explore a crime that is so incomprehensible to most people that you don’t know where to start to think about it. And while you don’t want to think about it, it’s a topic that needs to be addressed. This led us to the production of a multiple part television series, because there is so much to explore and it can be done in the auspices of a police thriller procedural that should keep audiences gripped. I’m trying to get through this, like all of us. And I feel that, through the story of these police officers who deal with gang rape every single day of their lives, our series can provide a catharsis and learning, as well as an exploration and understanding of law and order in a developing world.”
Richie Mehta, Writer/Director.
Our first series of our comedy PORTERS aired on UKTV’s Dave during September and October 2017. Created and written by Dan Sefton, directed by Vadim Jean and starring Rutger Hauer, Edward Easton, Susan Wokoma, Claudia Jessie, Jo Joyner, Matthew Horne, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Tanya Franks, Neil Stuke, Samantha Spiro and Kelsey Grammer.
Series 2 aired in Spring 2019. Danny Mays, Marc Warren, Sophie McSheera and Bryony Hannah all joined the cast.
“The fact that Dutch actor Rutger Hauer plays one of the leads in this hospital comedy should have guaranteed that viewers would take a look at it, but the second episode more than justifies a return. Hauer clammily delivers lessons in eastern philosophy (culled unless our ear deceives us from a most unlikely source) as he practises his golf putt, surrounded by a young, energetic cast who do all the heavy lifting.” The Sunday Times
“Porters, a pitch-dark show featuring a group of hospital porters who vary between the unpleasant, the deluded and the psychopathic. Subjects for hilarity on Wednesday ranged from mental illness to a bloke smashing a dead rabbi on the head with a mobile phone. This is not, then, a programme for those who like their comedy lovable. On the other hand, the plotting is inventive (at times alarmingly so), there are plenty of good lines, and, as in Green Wing, the heartlessness somehow ends up being bracing rather than mean-spirited.” The Spectator
“Dave’s new three-part sitcom Porters is a fine addition to the pantheon of medical comedies, heightening the weirdness of that strange world…a nimble script and top-rate casting – Kelsey Grammar as a guest! – make it a delight on its own. Dan Sefton’s script is full of outlandish scenarios and daft lines that often surprise, packed in at a lively pace and creating a sense of fun often missing from modern comedies of cringe…the prognosis for Porters is definitely good.” Chortle
“After The Good Karma Hospital and Trust Me, writer/doctor Dan Sefton once again parlays his inside knowledge of the medical world into TV with this breathless new sitcom..making hay with the clichés of medical drama and the most of its extraordinary cast, Sefton has a keen grasp of the mechanics of farce – this is a confident opener.” Daily Telegraph
“..wonderfully irreverent.. Hauer’s presence in this show is a casting gift that keeps giving, and simply makes you wonder why it’s never been done before. That he has the ability to walk the line between a confused benevolence and low-key malevolence at the drop of a hat, is a joy. Porters holds together well all round. Easton throws himself at the task with gusto (and) Wokoma is seemingly effortless..and would make Porters more than worth watching even without the admirable parade of guests across the run of three episodes..At the end of the first 30 minutes, Tillman comes to the conclusion that the three porters will make a good team, and he may well be proven right.” Cultbox