Red Planet Pictures is a dynamic and truly independent TV production company. Founded by renowned showrunner Tony Jordan, we have creativity at our core, and are currently building on our growing success in drama with the recent launch of a factual division.
Red Planet Pictures and Sky One's hotle anticipated new show Hooten & The Lady is in full swing, being described as "ideal fright night escapist fun" Cultbox, "the perfect tonic for Friday night" Daily Star, "action packed and very funny" Daily Mirror and "above average TV tomb raiding" The Guardian. With episodes taking place in locations worldwide such as South Africa, Moscow and Cambodia, this rip-roaring eight part series takes us around the globe in search of adventure; through jungles, deserts, underground shrines and ancient temples and is delivering excitement for our Friday night on a truly epic scale.
This year also welcomes two brand new factual commissions from Red Planet Pictures and Channel 5. Secrets of the SAS: In Their Own Words, which began in August, took a new approach to exploring the world of the SAS, focusing on the soldiers themselves, rather than just their audacious exploits, to reveal the frank and intimate truth of life serving, and surviving, in the SAS.
The ever-loved favourite Death in Paradise has finished filming its sixth series in the Caribbean. Earlier this year the show enjoyed record-breaking audiences, which peaked over 8.7 million viewers. The show goes from strength to strength, selling to over 200 territories and Series Six promises more mystery, sun, sea, sand and of course, murder!
Currently in production is a new 90' drama commissioned by BBC1 charting the life and career of one of the UK's most celebrated and respected actresses, Dame Barbara Windsor. The one-off special, commissioned by Charlotte Moore, will be penned by our very own Tony Jordan. Babs, which will be produced by BBC Studios in associating with Red Planet Pictures, will tell the heart-warming story of Dame Barbara Windsor, the Cockney kid with a dazzling smile and talent to match. The drama will details the aspiring actresses' lonely childhood and complicated relationship with her father through to her doomed marriage to Ronnie Knight, the legendary affairs and onto her stellar rise to fame winning the role of the blonde bombshell in the Carry On films and critical acclaim on Broadway. It is due for broadcast in 2017.
Recent productions also include the ambitious and critically acclaimed 20-part drama Dickensian, a studio drama that brings together iconic characters from Charles Dickens' most famous works and The Passing Bells, the BBC's flagship centenary drama commemorating the start of the First World War, charting the course of a conflict that cost millions of lives and reshaped the map of the world.
New productions for 2017 include Motown musical Stop! In The Name Of Love, a 4x60' drama for BBC1 that goes into production in the new year.