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As filming continues on our new action adventure drama Hooten & The Lady, we are very pleased to announce, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Seymour (Dr...



We're excited to announce the BBC has comissioned another sun-soaked series of our ratings smash drama, Death In Paradise.



The winner will receive £5,000 and have their script exclusively developed by Red Planet Pictures.


Sky's the limit for Hooten & the Lady

Epic, adventure series commisioned by Sky 1



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 a push into factual programming.

Christmas 2015 saw the launch of our 20 part series Dickensian which reimagines the character and stories of Charles Dickens. Acclaimed by critics and audiences, reviews include:

5***** "One feels that the Master would have approved"
The Times

5***** "ingeniously conceived, handsomely crafted"
The Telegraph

5***** "If, like Oliver Twist, you find yourself wanting more, you're in luck"

'Fast paced action with thrilling twists and turns"
Daily Mirror

2016 also sees the return of BBC1 favourite Death in Paradise which last year enjoyed record-breaking audiences which peaked over 9 million viewers. The show goes from strength to strength, selling to over 200 territories.

New productions for 2016 include Hooten & The Lady, an 8 x 60' family adventure series for Sky 1 currently being shot in South Africa and locations worldwide and Motown musical Stop! In The Name Of Love, a 4 x 60' drama for BBC1.

The new Red Planet factual unit was founded at the end of 2015 and aims to produce innovative and arresting documentary, factual entertainment and specialist factual series and events for broadcasters around the world. We currently have a variety of factual projects under consideration at BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Channel 5 and Sky, and are about to go into production with our first factual commission - a series for a major UK broadcaster.



Hooten & The Lady

In the darkest reaches of the Amazon, the diligent and always enthusiastic Lady Alexandra Lindo-Parker – on her first expedition for the British Museum – runs into Hooten – a rough edged, no-nonsense American treasure hunter with an eye for gold and only occasional charm. They immediately fail to get on, but the threat of imminent death keeps them together. In no time, they're falling off mountains and out of helicopters, trekking through deserts on camels, discovering hidden temples and fabled treasures, even finding - and losing - El Dorado, the legendary city of gold.

Truly original and delivered with chutzpah, wit, pace and bucket-loads of jeopardy, Hooten & The Lady combines lashings of humour with rollicking, nail-biting adventures.



Michael Landes - Love Soup, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The New Adventures of Superman

Ophelia Lovibond - W1A, Elementary  

Jane Seymour - Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, Wedding Crashers

Jonathan Bailey - W1A, Broadchurch

Jessica Hynes - Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, W1A

Shaun Parkes -The Mummy Returns, Line of Duty, The River



Featuring some of Dickens most iconic characters in one setting, Tony Jordan's Dickensian takes you to a world where Scrooge (Ned Dennehy) meets Fagin (Anton Lesser) and a young Miss Havisham (Tuppence Middleton) might find love. With a body discovered on Christmas Eve Inspector Bucket (Stephen Rea) will have his work cut out as he delves into the sometimes murky lives of the people who surround him.

Packed with romance and intrigue Dickensian delivers a rollercoaster ride of twists and turns to surprise and delight viewers to the final episode. The stunning backdrop of Victorian London is bought to life by a stellar cast also including Omid Djalili, Pauline Collins and Caroline Quentin.

Dickensian is a period drama, as we've never seen it before.


Stephen Rea - War and Peace, The Honourable Woman

Ned Dennehy – Banished, Peaky Blinders

Tuppence Middleton – Sense8, War and Peace

Anton Lesser – Game of Thrones, Wolf Hall

First Aired: Starting Winter 2015

Death in Paradise


Series five of Death in Paradise sees the return of DI Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) and Sergeant Florence Cassel (Josephine Jobert) doing what they do best; solving ever more mind bending murders on the beautiful island of Saint Marie. With trusted Officers Dwayne Myers (Danny John-Jules) and JP Hooper (Tobi Bakare) also at the helm, the team really do have their work cut out...

With a murder at sea, a text from beyond the grave and even a bit of romance, it's all in a day's work for the Death in Paradise gang.


Kris Marshall – My Family, Love Actually

Danny John-Jules – Red Dwarf, MI High

Don Warrington – Rising Damp, Waking the Dead

Elizabeth Bourgine - Mon Meilleur Ami

Josephine Jobert - Sous le soleil de Saint-Tropez

Tobi Bakare - Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Smoke, The Tunnel

Series fives' exciting list of guest stars includes: Tara Fitzgerald (Game of Thrones, Waking the Dead), Nigel Lindsay (Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa), Keith Allen (Robin Hood), Jill Halfpenny (Waterloo Road), Julien Ovenden (Downton Abbey), Neve McIntosh (Bodies, Doctor Who), Lloyd Owen (Monarch of the Glen, The Originals), Hannah Britland (Fresh Meat), Charlotte Hope (Game of Thrones), Lucy Cohu (Broadchurch), Paul Nicholls (The C Word), Emma Rigby (Once Upon A Time) and Heida Reed (Poldark).

First Aired: January 2016 on BBC One



Death in Paradise returns for a fantastic fourth series which sees DI Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) and his team solving ever more mysterious and impossible murders. This time they are joined by new recruits Sargeant Florence Cassel (Josephine Jobert) and Officer JP Hooper (Tobi Bakare), and they'll need all the help they can get if they're to crack a new set of dizzyingly complex crimes.

From a murder during a seance to the apparent suicide of a surfing legend, Humph and the team have their work cut out for them.


Kris Marshall – My Family, Love Actually

Sara Martins – Little White Lies, Pigalle, La Nuit

Danny John-Jules – Red Dwarf, MI High

Don Warrington – Waking the Dead

Josephine Jobert - Sous le soleil de Saint-Tropez 

Tobi Bakare - Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Smoke, The Tunnel

Packed full of guest stars including James Fox (Sherlock Holmes), Neil Morrissey (Men Behaving Badly), Ali Bastian (Hollyoaks), Tyger Drew-Honey (Outnumbered), Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street), Jason Merrells (Emmerdale) and Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter).

First Aired: January 2015 on BBC One


Richard Poole’s untimely and tragic demise brings Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) to the beautiful island of Saint Marie as the new Detective Inspector. But while he enthusiastically embraces Caribbean life, his new team of Camille (Sara Martins), Dwayne (Danny John-Jules) and Fidel (Gary Carr) quickly realise they’ve got another eccentric and rather frustrating Englishman on their hands…

Humphrey’s apparently random and disorganised approach to solving crime initially seems confounding, but it’s not long before they realise they have a remarkable detective in their midst – one capable of solving his predecessor’s own baffling murder - and together the team go on to brilliantly solve a host of dizzyingly mystifying murders, from Zombie film stand-ins, to glamorous stewardesses and local politicians… All in a day’s work when there’s death in paradise…


Kris Marshall – My Family, Love Actually

Sara Martins – Little White Lies, Pigalle, La Nuit

Danny John-Jules – Red Dwarf, MI High

Gary Carr – Downton Abbey, Bluestone 42

Don Warrington – Waking the Dead

This series’ exciting roster of guest stars includes Helen Baxendale (Cold Feet), Michelle Ryan (Eastenders), Peter Davison (Doctor Who), Hannah Tointon (The Inbetweeners), Sharon Small (Mistresses), Raza Jaffrey (Spooks), Clarke Peters (The Wire), Paul Barber (Only Fools and Horses), Mark Heap (Green Wing), Joseph Marcel (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), Nikki Amuka-Bird (Luther), Phil Davis (Sherlock).

First Aired: January 2014 on BBC One


DI Richard Poole (Ben Miller) is still trapped on the Caribbean island paradise of Saint Marie – and for him the sun, sea and sand continue to irritate, as he irritates his long-suffering colleagues but he’s also as brilliant as ever. His eye for detail, relentless logic and stubborn refusal to leave anything unexplained works seamlessly with the instinctive and insightful knowledge of the beautiful Sergeant Camille Bordey (Sara Martins).

With the often unorthodox assistance of Dwayne (Danny John-Jules) and Fidel (Gary Carr), they tackle a baffling array of unique murders, from pirate curses to Nuns killed in locked rooms – once even with a hurricane bearing down on them! Most seem impossible, but Richard and his team always get to the heart of the mystery…

The first of eight episodes will see DI Poole probing the death of the owner of a former sugar plantation, who is discovered with a machete in his back.


Ben Miller - Primeval, Johnny English

Sara Martins - Little White Lies, Pigalle, La Nuit

Danny John-Jules - Red Dwarf, MI High 

Gary Carr - Silent Witness

Elizabeth Bourgine - Mon Meilleur Ami

Don Warrington - Waking the Dead

Award-winning poptress Jamelia is the latest in a long line of first-class guest artists to feature in the new series, along with Stephanie Beacham (Coronation Street), Amanda Mealing (Holby City), Michael Brandon (Dempsey & Makepeace), Tom Ward (Silent Witness), Dexter Fletcher (Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels), Kelly Adams (Hustle), Patrick Baladi (Mistresses), Bryan Dick (Eric & Ernie), Kenneth Cranham (Made in Dagenham) and Gemma Jones (Spooks).

First Aired: January 2013 on BBC One


Impossible murders on a beautiful Caribbean island. DI Richard Poole (Ben Miller) is the perfect man to solve them — if only he didn’t just hate sun, sea and sand...

Sent to the tiny island of Saint Marie to solve a mysterious murder Detective Inspector Richard Poole is a total fish out of water. A quintessentially British cop, he would much prefer the London drizzle and a freshly pressed shirt to blue seas, sparkling sands and gorgeous tropical weather. What Richard finds is a ramshackle station and a very different type of policing. His new partner, feisty DS Camille Bordey (Sara Martins) is instinctive and brilliant in her own way.

Officer Dwayne Myers (Danny John-Jules) is a little too cosy with criminals for Richard’s liking, but he has his uses. And Fidel Best (Garry Carr) is honest as the day is long — at times frustrating, at times the key to an impenetrable mystery. Richard can get through his ordeal, if only he could find a decent cup of tea…

Though Richard would never admit it, they make the perfect team, and bring heart and humour to mind boggling murders in the most beautiful of settings, with a new mystery to solve every episode. 

Will Richard ever come to see the beauty of his surroundings? Perhaps not, but he might one day loosen his tie…

The first episode kicks off when a British cop is found murdered in a locked room on the tiny paradise island of Saint Marie, Detective Inspector Richard Poole is sent to investigate whodunnit.

Death in Paradise has been produced with Altantique Productions, for BBC One and France Télévisions with the support of the Region of Guadeloupe.


Ben Miller - Primeval, Johnny English

Sara Martins - Little White Lies, Pigalle, La Nuit

Danny John-Jules - Red Dwarf, MI High 

Gary Carr - Silent Witness

Elizabeth Bourgine - Mon Meilleur Ami

Don Warrington - Waking the Dead

First Aired: October 2011 on BBC One

The Passing Bells


The Passing Bells is a five-part drama for BBC One which sees the conflict of the First World War unfold through the eyes of two very ordinary young men, who have enlisted in a war they expect to be over within months. As the conflict progresses, so do the boys’ stories as they grow up amid the horror of war, and find love.

Commissioned to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, The Passing Bells charts the course of a conflict that cost millions of lives and reshaped the map of the world. Scripted by Tony Jordan, the story unfolds over 5 episodes and covers the landmark events in one of history’s largest and most tragic conflicts.


Patick Gibson - What Richard Did, Luke, The Importance of Being Whatever

Jack Lowden - Wolf Hall, '71, The Tunnel

Learn more about their stories at:

The Passing Bells: A British soldier's tale

The Passing Bells: A German soldier's tale

First Aired: November 2014 on BBC One


By Any Means


Created by a team of writers led by Tony Jordan, this thrilling drama follows a covert police department that, when the legal system fails, will go to any lengths to bring the criminal elite to justice.

There are some criminals who always manage to evade the justice system. These masterminds control their empires with an iron grip – yet on paper appear squeaky clean. They are never at the scene of the crime – they never get their hands dirty. They may even manipulate the media to make it look like they are the ones being persecuted by the police. They know the system and they know how to play it.

In short, they are just too clever to get caught.  But they are still the bad guys and they need to be taken off the streets...

By Any Means follows a clandestine department living on the edge and playing the criminal elite at their own game, existing in the grey area between the letter of the law and true justice.

Led by the sharp and elusive Jack Quinn (Warren Brown), alongside straight-talking Jessica Jones (Shelley Conn) and digital whizz-kid Tom Tomkins (Andrew Lee Potts), this brilliant team will stop at nothing – fighting fire with fire. Receiving their target from the mysterious Helen (Gina McKee), they weave a web of cunning and deception to deliver their unwary targets into the arms of justice.

By Any Means is a fast-paced drama packed with twists and turns as well as brilliantly complex and rich characters. 


Warren Brown - Luther, Good Cop

Shelley Conn - Mistresses

Andrew Lee Potts - Primeval

Gina McKee - The Borgias

First Aired: September 2013 on BBC One

The Ark


Written by Tony Jordan, this film is a unique retelling of the biblical story of Noah and the Ark.

Noah, a farmer and family man, is instructed by an angel to build an ark in the middle of the desert in order to save his family and the faithful from a devastating flood - a seemlingly impossible task, especially when his sons refuse to believe him and lend their help.

Noah risks ridicule from his loving but exasperated family and humiliation from the degenerate townsfolk in his quest to carry out his God-given task.


David Threlfall - Shameless, What Remains, Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This

Joanne Whalley - Wolf Hall, Jamaica Inn, The Borgias

Nico Mirallegro - My Mad Fat Diary, The Village

Ashley Walters - Top BoyHustle

First Aired: Monday 30th March on BBC One

History cold case


From Shine TV in association with Red Planet Pictures for transmission on BBC Two.

History Cold Case is our first venture into factual TV - but it has a lot in common with our dramas. The main characters are a team of forensic scientists led by world-renowned authority Prof Sue Black. They’ve helped convict some of the UK’s most dangerous criminals and have worked in harrowing war zones but in this series they shine a light on historical cold cases from 2000 years of British history. The cold cases are anonymous skeletons and human remains whose stories were buried with them. With cutting edge forensic tests the team unlock the secrets of the bones and set out on the history trail to reveal who these people were and what they looked like. Using the very latest computer technology Dr Caroline Wilkinson reconstructs the faces of each cold case – faces that haven’t been seen for centuries.

In the first episode, the contorted and mummified body of a child takes the team back 300 years to a time when corpses were displayed in exotic collections, and dead children were bought and paid for by the inch. In episode two, at Scotland’s Stirling Castle a romantic story of chivalry and brutality unfolds as the team trace the life and times of a battle worn warrior. A tragically scarred skeleton exhumed in the historic borough of Southwark draw our team into the disturbing world of Victorian prostitution in the third episode. And investigating a skeleton found in the cemetery of a medieval friary, the team make an extraordinary discovery about its origins that could rewrite the history books. Four extraordinary stories which bring history and science together to forge a new understanding of our past.

First Aired: May 2010 on BBC Two


From Shine TV in association with Red Planet Pictures for transmission on BBC Two.

Professor Sue Black and her team return to once again to shed light onto forgotten mysteries in our country’s past. Using the latest forensic science, they will analyse the skeletons of everyday people from across the ages in staggering detail, drawing new conclusions about our forebears and the lives they lived.

Episode one takes the team to Norwich where the remains of 17 men, women and children were recently uncovered in a dry well shaft in the city centre. The story surrounding these bones quickly develops into a suspected medieval murder case but the final reveal of the identity of these people is an even bigger shock to all involved. In episode two the team enters a world of folklore and ritual sacrifice when studying the remains of a family found buried in the ‘Windy Pits’ on the North York Moors. When 113 bodies are uncovered just beyond York’s city walls the simple explanation is that these are part of the Parliamentary forces that laid siege to the city in 1644 during the Civil War.  However if they are civil war soldiers why do they not appear to have died violently? And why do the skeletons of young men show signs of repetitive strains normally seen in old men who have led physically demanding lives? The team will tackle these questions and more in episode 3 to answer the secret of the York 113. In episode 4 the team get a unique opportunity to investigate details about pregnancy and childbirth as it was 2000 years ago in a Roman-British settlement when the wonderfully intact skeleton of a woman and three babies, dating from early Roman times, is uncovered.

First Aired: June 2011 on BBC Two

The Nativity


Written by Tony Jordan, this is a brand new adaptation of the greatest story ever told, the birth of Jesus Christ.

With Mary and Joseph's enduring love story at the centre, this familiar story is given a contemporary twist, as the drama follows Joseph (Andrew Buchan) and Mary (Tatiana Maslany) from their initial courtship – Joseph desperate to win the heart of Mary – to his emotional turmoil at her unexpected pregnancy.

This gripping and vibrant adaptation shows the Nativity from a fresh viewpoint, highlighting how seemingly ordinary people reacted to the extraordinary and miraculous events that befell them.

Rich in colour and humour, the remarkable events that led up to Jesus's birth is told from a variety of angles. From the epic journey of the wise men to the poignant tale of Thomas – a poor shepherd – whose waning faith in God is revived as he kneels beside the crib of the newborn king.

Jordan's Nativity is a spectacular treat for the whole family.


Andrew Buchan - Broadchurch, The Great Fire, The Honourable Woman

Tatiana Maslany - Orphan Black, Woman In Gold, Captain Canuck

Peter Capaldi - Doctor Who, The Musketeers, The Thick Of It

With Jack Shepherd (The Golden Compass, Wycliffe), Obi Abili (Injustice), Art Malik (Borgia), Vincent Regan (Atlantis), John Lynch (The Fall), Claudie Blakley (Lark Rise to Candleford), Frances Barbour (The Loft), Neil Dudgeon (Midsomer Murders), Al Weaver (Grantchester), Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Gawn Grainger (The Glass).

First Aired: December 2010 on BBC One

'The Nativity' is a Red Planet Pictures, K Films and Temple Street production for BBC One and CBC.  It is distributed by BBC Worldwide.



Tensions run high as Cath (Kezia Burrows), Rob (Gareth Jewell), Ameer (Simon Rivers) and Rhian (Elin Phillips) prepare for their first official day as doctors. Rob is asked to treat the self-proclaimed King of Wales. Fighting bureaucracy, Rob succeeds in getting through to the psychiatric ward, but there are surprising consequences. The usually calm and confident Ameer is thrown when he realises he’s the first doctor to an emergency. His time to step-up comes sooner than he could possibly hope.

Fellow junior doctor, Simon (Gareth Milton), is heartbroken when Darth, the hospital pathologist, is forced into retirement. Simon’s passion for pathology was kindled when he was exposed to a box set of Quince ME at a young age. Beneath his quirky exterior lies an honest, straight-talking man and he soon becomes a loyal and true friend to the gang.

For Ameer, patients are nothing like the diagrams he’s so used to in the medical textbooks. Struggling to communicate with them, he enlists the help of an actor, who tries to style Ameer into being a suave confident doctor. Ameer discovers that no façade can help you in life-and-death situations.

Sick of listening to Cath and her sexual conquests, Rhian begins a quest for a love. With patients’ relatives to hand and her profile up on a dating site, it should be easy, but the possibility of love comes from an unexpected source.

Cath faces her biggest challenge when her tempestuous nature leads to her being suspended. Hoping for a reprieve, she’s happy to be called back to the hospital, only to find out that her father has been admitted. Whilst her father fights for his life, Cath has to examine all that is dear to her.


Elin Phillips - Y Syrcas, Zanzibar, îha Sheelagh

Gareth Milton - Benny & Jolene, Da Vinci's Demons, Alys

Kezia Burrows - Alien: Isolation, Viking: The Berserkers, Remember Me

Simon Rivers - Doctors

First Aired: September 2009 on BBC One Wales


In the first episode, in a bid to win the respect of a new consultant, Cath (Kezia Burrows), Ameer (Simon Rivers), Simon (Gareth Milton) and Rhian (Elin Phillips) try to out-do each other on the wards. Their quest leads them to a final twist none of them expected.

Later, new specialties for the junior doctors bring with them their own challenges. Rhian faces huge pressure in work and her private life whilst Simon searches for the meaning of truelove.

In episode 3, it should be a quiet Sunday night shift, but with a suicidal radio DJ, a quest to save the work of a doctor’s lifetime and Ameer’s stalker to deal with, the gang have their work cut out.

In Episode 4 we see Cath, Rhian and Ameer attempting to discover why Simon is convinced of his own early demise – with surprising results. Alongside this, Simon helps Sister Alice with a special secret project. 

Later, Ameer questions whether he puts his faith, and the faith of others, aside in order to save lives. Alun battles with his urge to satisfy his desire for a forbidden fruit. 

The series reaches a climactic conclusion as Cath’s birthday takes a tragic turn - twelve year-old Gabby dies in her arms and makes her question her life choices.


Elin Phillips - Y Syrcas, Zanzibar, îha Sheelagh

Gareth Milton - Benny & Jolene, Da Vinci's Demons, Alys

Kezia Burrows - Alien: Isolation, Viking: The Berserkers, Remember Me

Simon Rivers - Doctors

First Aired: May 2010 on BBC One Wales



From Kudos Film and Television in association with Red Planet Pictures.

Following his stint in Australia selling the Sydney Opera House to an unsuspecting punter, Mickey ‘Bricks’ Stone (Adrian Lester) has returned to a new London. The credit crunch has hit Britain and while the majority of the nation is tightening their belts, there are still a scurrilous and greedy few who are getting ever richer from other's losses – the perfect marks for the best grifter in the business - and Mickey is keen to put new and inventive plans into action to extract their cash!

However, it’s not just the financial state of the nation that has seen a change; Mickey’s crew is looking somewhat depleted too. Ash ‘Three Socks’ Morgan (Robert Glenister) is back to short cons whilst Danny and Stacey are grifting their way across America. Even Mickey’s old friend and mentor, Albert (Robert Vaughn), seems to have disappeared but Mickey soon finds that he has finally been busted and is currently detained at her majesty’s pleasure.

However, far from desperate to get out of prison, Albert is living the life of Riley; catching up on his reading, playing cards with the guards and watching his favourite TV shows! But the art of the long con is in his blood and naturally has a few marks up his sleeve, ready and waiting to be relieved of their cash.

Mickey is determined that he and Ash get a new crew together but with Albert’s tip off for a potential mark ready for the taking they have more pressing matters at hand, starting with an obnoxious young woman who’s made a killing in dubious property developments…


Adrian Lester - Red Band Society, Merlin, Bonekickers

Robert Glenister - Cryptic, Vera, Law & Order: UK

Robert Vaughn - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The American Side, Coronation Street 

Matt Di Angelo - Eastenders, The Smoke, Borgia

Kelly Adams - Mr Selfridge, Bluestone 42, Tomorrow in a Day

First Aired: January 2009 on BBC One

From Kudos Film and Television in association with Red Planet Pictures.

Master con man Mickey ‘Bricks’ Stone (Adrian Lester) returns, with his ‘partners in crime’; veteran roper, Albert Stroller (Robert Vaughn) and fixer extraordinaire, Ash ‘Three Socks’ Morgan (Robert Glenister). Series six follows the team’s adventures as they target more greedy fat cats, liberating them from their not-at-all hard earned cash.

Also returning are brother and sister duo, Emma and Sean Kennedy (Kelly Adams and Matt Di Angelo) the two new grifters who Mickey took under his wing to teach how to master their art. Now, as fully fledged members of the Hustle team, Emma and Sean continue to learn about being a part of the grifting world and the risks and rewards it can bring.


Adrian Lester - Red Band Society, Merlin, Bonekickers

Robert Glenister - Cryptic, Vera, Law & Order: UK

Robert Vaughn - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The American Side, Coronation Street 

Matt Di Angelo - Eastenders, The Smoke, Borgia

Kelly Adams - Mr Selfridge, Bluestone 42, Tomorrow in a Day

First Aired: January 2010 on BBC One

From Kudos Film and Television in association with Red Planet Pictures.

The Hustle team are back for another series; ready to con society’s most greedy and part them from their hard earned cash. At the helm is master con man Mickey Bricks (Adrian Lester). Mickey only works with the best and alongside him he’s assembled expert fixer Ash ‘three socks’ Morgan (Robert Glenister), master roper Albert Stroller (Robert Vaughn) and brother and sister team Sean and Emma Kennedy (Matt Di Angelo and Kelly Adams).

The team’s first rule of thumb - never con an honest man; and they have a wealth of greedy adversaries lined up for some of their most audacious cons yet. There’s a cruel modelling agent who scams young girls out of their hard earned cash, an unscrupulous social climber at the helm of a greedy loan firm, an Iranian hard man nicknamed ‘the Dentist’ and even a notorious grifter buster! This time around there are also personal scores to settle and whilst one member of the team will fight to save their family name another will find themselves questioning whether the life of a grifter is really for them. Tough decisions and plenty of fun abound as the team go head to head with some of the meanest, greediest people society has to offer.


Adrian Lester - Red Band Society, Merlin, Bonekickers

Robert Glenister - Cryptic, Vera, Law & Order: UK

Robert Vaughn - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The American Side, Coronation Street 

Matt Di Angelo - Eastenders, The Smoke, Borgia

Kelly Adams - Mr Selfridge, Bluestone 42, Tomorrow in a Day

First Aired: January 2011 on BBC One

Holby Blue


The challenges facing the police officers and CID unit of Holby South are very different to the traditional ‘bobby on the beat’ – hard drugs, even harder gang members, and the constant threat of terrorism all combine to prove that modern-day policing isn’t just about robberies and ASBOs. Despite being weighed down by never ending bureaucracy, the officers of Holby South aspire to be the best, putting their personal opinions and passions to one side in order to make Holby a safer place to live.

Straight talking DI John Keenan (Cal Macaninch) lives for his job and will stop at nothing to secure a conviction. John somehow manages to be a great dad to his two young children, but a lousy husband to Kate (Zoe Lucker). They are both playing the field following their recent split but it’s clear that neither is really ready to move on. When Kate applies for a job at the station, John’s recent fling with colleague Rachel Barker CPS (Sara Powell), is set to make all their lives even more complicated.

Inspector Jenny Black (Kacey Ainsworth) seems for all the world to have managed the impossible and “has it all” – a successful job and happy marriage and family. But the reality is that, in an effort to be the perfect wife, mother and career woman, Jenny has long neglected her own needs, and her frustration cannot be contained forever… Holby South’s veteran DCI Harry Hutchinson (Tim Pigott-Smith) is due for retirement and his team is pushing hard to secure a conviction against the city’s crime boss Neculai Stenga (Velibor Topic) to help secure Harry’s legacy even though he just wants a quiet life and is keen to keep his distance from the whole investigation.


Cal Macaninch - Banished, Mr Selfridge, Silent Witness

Jimmy Akingbola - Rev, Holby City

Zoe Lucker - Waterloo Road, Eastenders

Kacey Ainsworth - Grantchester, The Wright Way

Tim Pigott-Smith - Jupiter Ascending, Quantum of Solace

First Aired: May 2007 on BBC One


A murder at Holby City General initially looks to be quite a simple affair as the hospital's well respected registrar, Jacqueline Naylor (Rosie Marcel) is accused of stabbing a man whilst on duty and her colleagues aren't falling over themselves to help prove her innocence.

The evidence is stacked against the head-strong doctor and following a humiliating arrest at the hospital, she is subjected to a series of gruelling questions at Holby South Station in a storyline that spans both dramas - the first time Holby Blue has crossed paths with it's sister show. Jac is adamant about her innocence yet finds it increasingly difficult to prove as witness statements detail how she threatened the victim; a man who attacked her last year, and her prints are all over the weapon but she is insistent that she wasn’t the one who stabbed him.

New to this extended series is young and charismatic DCI Scott Vaughan (Oliver Milburn) who is drafted in to replace disgraced DCI Harry Hutchinson who was arrested at his own retirement party on corruption charges. DI John Keenan (Cal Macaninch) is relieved to be rescued from the mountain of paperwork he’s had to deal with whilst he’s been filling in as acting DCI but his trust in his superiors has been severely bruised and Scott has to prove his worth to his well worn DI.

Scott is quick to make his presence felt at that station by ingratiating himself with his new colleagues but one of the team is rather familiar; the previous evening he had been flirting with a beautiful stranger at a police event who, unbeknownst to him, was John’s wife Kate (Zoe Lucker)!

John and Kate’s relationship soon hits choppy waters when a case involving domestic violence strikes a raw nerve with the brash detective. In order to lay ghosts to rest, John visits his father in prison but far from letting bygones be bygones, John Senior is intent on winning the battle of wills against his head-strong son and keep him under control. John’s patience is tested as his father continues to play games with his emotions just as he did when he was a child. An unexpected revelation that Kate has secretly contacted his father against his wishes shocks John to the core and sets a ball in motion that has the most serious of consequences for not only John but his whole family.

Inspector Jenny Black (Kacey Ainsworth) is still in charge of uniform including PCs Robert Clifton (Kieran O'Brien), Lucy Slater (Elaine Glover), Kelly Cooper (Chloe Howman), Neil Parker (Jimmy Akingbola) and William Jackson (Joe Jacobs). But the tragic death of one of the officers sends shockwaves through the team…


Cal Macaninch - Banished, Mr Selfridge, Silent Witness

Jimmy Akingbola - Rev, Holby City

Zoe Lucker - Waterloo Road, Eastenders

Kacey Ainsworth - Grantchester, The Wright Way

Oliver Milburn - The Descent, Driving Lessons

First Aired: March 2008 on BBC One

Moving Wallpaper


Kudos Film and Television in association with Red Planet Pictures presents two interlinking shows, Moving Wallpaper and Echo Beach.

Moving Wallpaper

Jonathan Pope (Ben Miller) is a man on a mission. That mission is to make the most talked about post-watershed soap opera in Britain; Echo Beach. But when your boss hates you, the writers despair of you and the entire cast and crew think you’re a prat, that mission is bound to be a fraught one…  


Ben Miller – Death In Paradise, Primeval, Armstrong and Miller

With Raquel Casssidy (Party Animals, Lead Balloon), James Lance (Teachers, Sensitive Skin), Sarah Hadland (Saxondale, Peep Show), Elizabeth Berrington (The Dinner Party, The Office), Lucy Liemann (The IT Crowd), Dave Lamb (The Smoking Room) and Sinead Keenan (Trouble With Sex).


Echo Beach

Echo Beach follows the lives of Daniel Marrack (Jason Donovan), Susan Penwarden (Martine McCutcheon) and Mark Penwarden (Hugo Speer) whose affairs of the heart are played out amongst teenage angst, family loyalties and tested friendships. When Susan’s ex-lover Daniel returns to Polnarren it rocks the foundations of her marriage to Mark.


Jason Donovan - Keith Lemon: The Film, Neighbours

Martine McCutcheon – Love Actually, Eastenders

Hugo Speer - Bleak House, Full Monty

With Johnny Briggs (Coronation Street), Ed Speleers (Eragon), Marcus Patrick (Hollyoaks), Laura Greenwood (Prime Suspect 7), Christian Cooke (Where The Heart Is), Jonathan Readwin (Robin Hood), Naomi Ryan (Dream Team), Chandeep appal (Anita and Me) and newcomer Hannah Lederer-Alton.


Appearing in both shows: Susie Amy - Footballer’s Wives, Hotel Babylon

Moving Wallpaper and Echo Beach has a distinctive set up; eagle-eyed viewers will see jokes, characters and stories crossing from one show to the other.

First Aired: January 2008 on ITV1


From Kudos Film and Television in association with Red Planet Pictures.

After a ground-breaking first series, Moving Wallpaper is back for a second series. Series 2 picks up where the last series ended – Jonathan Pope (Ben Miller) and his team await their fate at the hands of the merciless Head of Continuing Drama at ITV1, Nancy Weeks (Raquel Cassidy). Despite the end of Echo Beach, a clause in Jonathan’s contract means ITV must now offer Jonathan a pilot to produce – much to Nancy’s annoyance. ITV’s audience must brace themselves for Jonathan’s new project: Renaissance, a terrifying one off drama starring Kelly Brook and Alan Dale. Will Jonathan’s complete lack of subtlety or tact but occasional genius be enough to make it work? And more importantly will the world be ready for another Jonathan Pope production?


Ben Miller – Death In Paradise, Primeval, Armstrong and Miller

Kelly Brook - Lemon La Vida Loca, Pirahna 3D

Alan Dale - NCIS, Dominion, Hot In Cleveland

With Raquel Casssidy (Party Animals, Lead Balloon), James Lance (Teachers, Sensitive Skin), Sarah Hadland (Saxondale, Peep Show), Elizabeth Berrington (The Dinner Party, The Office), Lucy Liemann (The IT Crowd), Dave Lamb (The Smoking Room) and Sinead Keenan (Trouble With Sex).

First Aired: February 2009

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Garry Tyler - Office Manager and Assistant to Tony Jordan and Simon Winstone

Garry Tyler
Office Manager and Assistant to Tony Jordan and Simon Winstone

Garry worked as a carpenter until he became Tony’s assistant in 1999.  He has also looked after Simon Winstone since Red Planet started in 2007, and has now become the office manager while still looking after both Tony and Simon’s diaries.

Belinda Campbell - Head of Drama

Belinda Campbell
Head of Drama

Belinda started out as a researcher on C5's Bring Me The Head of Light Entertainment and went on to a hugely successful drama career at the BBC, ultimately executive producing both Casualty and Holby City. Since joining Red Planet, she has overse...

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Simon Winstone
Executive Producer

Working across drama and comedy, Simon has almost twenty years of network television experience. He has been at Red Planet Pictures since its inception and now writes as well as developing and producing new projects. 

Alex Jones - Head of Business

Alex Jones
Head of Business

Alex has been part of the Red Planet team since its first production in 2007.  He started his career at Thames Television over 18 years ago where he cut his teeth on long running drama and soap. 

Tony Jordan - Managing Director

Tony Jordan
Managing Director

Market trader turned award-winning writer, Tony Jordan has run or created some of the most iconic shows on British drama (EastEnders, Life on Mars and Hustle for starters). He now combines a packed writing schedule with driving the expansion of t...

Judith King - Head of Development, Drama

Judith King
Head of Development, Drama

Judith joined Red Planet after eight years working as a Development Producer in both scripted and factual television, for companies including the BBC, Wall To Wall, RDF, Studio Lambert, Kudos, Company Pictures, and Big Fish Films .

Tim Key - Executive Producer

Tim Key
Executive Producer

Tim has worked as a producer on shows including Brookside, Emmerdale, The Bill and Waterloo Road.  He produced Death in Paradise and By Any Means for Red Planet, and has now returned to Death in Paradise as Executive Producer.  He is also develop...

Julie Gissing  - Head of Finance

Julie Gissing
Head of Finance

Julie has worked in the accountancy profession for 30 years, 20 of which were as Tony's personal accountant before joining Red Planet Pictures as Head of Finance.

James Hall - Development Executive

James Hall
Development Executive

Having left university with a degree in Theatre Studies, James went on to story and series script edit, write and produce on shows including Eastenders, Doctors, Emmerdale, The Bill and Holby City. Since joining Red Planet, he has worked as Scrip...

Priya Chavda - Production Assistant

Priya Chavda
Production Assistant

Priya's background lies in Fine Art. She studied Photography at Camberwell College of Art. After several years of working in Art Galleries and Design Studios, she joined the Red Planet Team as Production Assistant earlier this year.

Alex Protherough - Head of Production

Alex Protherough
Head of Production

Alex started out as a freelancer working in production. He joined Company Pictures in 2008, where he spent 5 years as in house Production Manager. He left Company in 2013 to help establish Little Island Productions, before moving to Red Planet as ...

Siobhan Finnigan - Development Executive

Siobhan Finnigan
Development Executive

Siobhan joined Red Planet in 2015 after several years working for ITV Studios script editing, script execing and developing shows such as MURDER CITY, LIFE BEGINS, IDENTITY, THE ROAD TO CORONATION STREET, THE JURY II and the first two series of M...

Harriet Creelman - Development Assistant

Harriet Creelman
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Harriet joined Red Planet after working as a reader for Working Title, Carnival Films, Drama Republic and the BBC. Prior to that, she spent five years working in theatre production, working for both ATG and the Barbican. Harriet is also a writer a...

Jon East - PA to Tony Jordan

Jon East
PA to Tony Jordan

Jon’s tasked with managing Tony's complex lifestyle as well as working across all departments where necessary. He’s enjoyed a varied career including sales, marketing, media and new business research & development.

Newton Velji - Head of Development, Factual

Newton Velji
Head of Development, Factual

Newton has been part of teams who have developed series for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, 5 and MTV - including Big Box Little Box, Almost Impossible Gameshow, Old Jews Telling Jokes, World's Toughest Jobs, My Kitchen Rules UK and Sweet 16 UK. ...

Maria Todesco - Office Assistant

Maria Todesco
Office Assistant

Maria studied Performance Art at Central School of Speech and Drama. She joined the team in March this year.

Debbie Brooks - Accounts Assistant

Debbie Brooks
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Debbie has worked as a Team Manager at T-Mobile for 9 years then moved onto the Metropolitan Police where she was a PA to Senior Management for 7 years.  She joined the Red Planet Team in 2014 and works as Accounts Assistant to Julie, Head of Fin...

Sherie Myers - PA to Belinda Campbell

Sherie Myers
PA to Belinda Campbell

Sherie joined Red Planet to manage Belinda's busy diary. She graduated from the Guildhall School Of Music And Drama. She briefly worked in Theatre before freelancing in Entertainment, Factual and Drama programming.

Simon Raikes - Creative Director, Factual

Simon Raikes
Creative Director, Factual

Simon joined Red Planet in September 2015 to drive the company's move into factual. Before that he spent 25 years working his way up the greasy pole with stints at a variety of production companies and broadcasters including BBC, Diverse Producti...

Jenny Robins - Development Executive

Jenny Robins
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Jenny joined Red Planet in 2015 as Story Producer on Dickensian. Previously she was Series Producer of Eastenders and has also Script Edited, Series Script Edited, Story Lined and produced shows including Holby City, Casualty and EastEnders. Jenny...


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