Icons is a brand-new, eight-part history series for BBC Two which celebrates the achievements of some of the greatest figures of the 20th century. It will ask you, the audience, to vote for your favourites and ultimately you’ll decide who is the greatest icon of them all.
Seven well-known faces will each front an hour-long documentary arguing the case for four people from a different field of human excellence; fields our celebrity advocates are passionate about. At the end of each documentary viewers will be able to vote for their favourite.
The icon who wins the public vote in each category will then go through to a live final on the 5th February 2019. All the celebrity advocates will return to fight their icon’s case, and that of the field they triumphed in. Viewers will be able to vote once again to decide who is ultimately the greatest figure of the 20th century.
Producer/Directors Elizabeth Dobson, Joe Myerscough, Julian Jones, Stephen Mizelas, Michael Ogden, Peter Sweasey & David Vincent
Producers Tamsin Curry, Sam Ekvin, Lucy Evans, Emma Frank, Tom Harrad, Clementine Mortelman & Bernadette Ross
Executive Producers Cate Hall, Francesca Maudslay & David Glover
The Mighty Redcar
4 x 45 min for BBC2
Welcome to the Mighty Redcar. In this real-life soap opera, filmed over a year in the North Yorkshire town, we focus on the relationships between two generations; one struggling to fulfil their hopes and dreams, the other trying to give them a leg up, show them the way and convince them that they, and the town, have a future.
WINNER - RTS North East & Borders Awards 2019 (Broadcast Factual Production)
NOMINATED - Broadcast Awards 2019 (Best Original Programme)
"A first class, first-person film" - The Observer
"It will make you laugh and break your heart” - Anna Turley, MP
★★★★★ '“Warm, funny & I love it” - Radio Times
★★★★★ - TV Times
★★★★★ - Daily Mail
★★★★★ - The Guardian
Series Director Daniel Dewsbury
Senior Producer/Director Stuart Bernard
Producer/Director Jonny Ashton
Producers Lia Nicholls & Caroline Marsden
Executive Producers John Douglas & Mark Raphael
The Mighty Redcar: Trailer
The Mighty Redcar - Series Playlist
Trump: An American Dream
4 x 60 min for Netflix & Channel 4
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.
NOMINATED - The Grierson Awards 2018 (Best Historical Documentary)
"Fascinating…Impeccably well-researched."- The Telegraph
“An engrossing four-part biography.” - Daily Mail
“A fascinating look at how Trump became who he is today” - GQ
Series Director Barnaby Peel
Series Producer Miriam Jones
Executive Producers David Glover, Mark Raphael,
Simon Finch & John Douglas
Elizabeth I's Secret Agents
3 x 60 minutes for BBC2 & PBS
Elizabeth I's Secret Agents lays bare the labyrinthine world of Elizabethan power. It rubs out the Gloriana vision of Queen Elizabeth’s reign and reveals an England which is politically unstable and religiously divided. A country under siege from foreign enemies and home-grown religious radicals. A Protestant state trying to anchor itself in choppy waters on the edge of a largely Catholic continent.
The Pope declares Queen Elizabeth a heretic and unleashes half a century of plots, armadas and eternal Catholic hopes for regime change. To combat this onslaught Queen Elizabeth looks to a father and son team to keep her safe – they are her spymasters and between them they will establish a secret state with tendrils reaching into Catholic conspiracies at home and abroad. It will keep her safe, secure the state, and, it will darken the souls and bloody the hands of its masters.
WINNER - Royal Television Society 2018 Awards (History)
"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." - Radio Times
"Gripping" - The Times
Series Producer/Director Chris Durlacher
Producer Bernadette Ross
Drama Director Julian Jones
Executive Producers David Glover & Mark Raphael
Elizabeth I's Secret Agents - Trailer
Meet The Trumps: From Immigrant to President
1 x 60min for Channel 4
Who is Donald Trump? What makes him tick? Today the media is looking for answers in all corners of his life, from his time in military school to the disdain the Queens boy was shown by the Manhattan elites when he entered the real estate world there. But the force that has shaped Donald Trump more than anything else can be found in his family tree.
From his immigrant grandfather Friedrich, who built the beginnings of the Trump fortune on vice and shady dealings in the famous Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s… to his father Fred, a showboating self-promoter who used FDR’s New Deal loan subsidies to build a real estate empire which discriminated against blacks.
In this film, we tell the remarkable true story of how they created and then passed down the conscience free family culture of doing whatever it takes to come out on top – and how that helped make Donald Trump into the man he is today.