WINNER: ELIZABETH I's SECRET AGENTS won rts history award, and nominated for specialist factual bafta
Three-part series for BBC 2 & PBS
Elizabeth I's Secret Agents examines the secret history of the birth of espionage in Elizabethan England.
Sixteenth century England is under siege from foreign enemies and home-grown religious radicals. It's a Protestant state trying to anchor itself in choppy waters on the edge of a largely Catholic continent. The monarchy is at risk from assassination attempts, revolutionary plotting and gunpowder.
To combat this onslaught Queen Elizabeth looks to a father and son team to keep her safe. William and Robert Cecil are her spymasters, and between them they will establish a secret state with tendrils reaching into catholic conspiracies at home and abroad.
"Wonderfully dark and gossipy...This absorbing look at the complicated intrigues in and around Elizabeth I’s court is so dramatic it feels like a 16th-century Homeland." - The Radio Times
"Gripping" - The Times
coming soon: redcar
4 X 45m Documentary Series for BBC 2
What does family, community and home mean to a generation of youngsters as they approach the threshold and responsibilities of adulthood? Set in the town of Redcar, North Yorkshire, this documentary series will tell the stories of the town’s young people as they decide where, and what, home really means and see what their future has in store for them.
In a snapshot of today’s Britain, family, friendship, loyalty, ambition and opportunity will be explored in a series that will not only offer insight into everyday family life but also the hopes and aspirations that exist within different generations. By following the young people of the town along with their families and friends, the documentary will explore a community with natural warmth and honesty and capture the real-life stories of a British town through the people it is relying on for its future.
OUT NOW: Trump: An American DREAM
Four-part biography series on President Donald J Trump for Channel 4 & Netflix
Trump: an American Dream, is a four-part series that charts Trump’s extraordinary journey through five decades as businessman, developer, media star, politician before reaching the White House. It is also the story of modern America. A story of capitalism, celebrity, political gridlock, reality TV and social media.
Told through the extensive archive of his life and interviews with the people who have known him, the series reveals the people and events that shaped and created the President of The United States.
72 films is producing the series with David Glover and Mark Raphael as executive producers.
"Fascinating and horrifying in equal measure. Impeccably well-researched."
- The Telegraph
Coming soon: Icons - The story of the 20th century
Major new global history series for BBC 2, telling the definitive story of the 20th Century through the people who made it.
From the individuals who came to define our concept of what a great leader is or were instrumental in the struggle for equality and civil rights to those whose inventions transformed the way we live or whose work came to enrich and influence the lives of billions, the series tells the story of a century of seismic change through the lives of the iconic figures who made it.
Each individual episode, presented by a well-known public figure will focus on a particular field - leaders, scientists, activists, artists, revolutionaries, inventors and entertainers - with the presenter identifying three particular icons of the 20th century. The historical figures will be chosen by a panel of experts according to their achievements and legacy. The presenters will tell the story of their icons, demonstrating how the world changed and how the lives and achievements of these people have a direct impact on our lives today.
At the end of each programme, the public will be asked to vote for their winner in that category. The series will finish with a live final where the presenters will champion the winner in their category and the overall winner, the ultimate icon of the 20th Century - will be chosen in a final vote.
The series will be accompanied by a rich and dynamic online and social media presence and will partner with museums, foundations and educational institutions across the country.