Those of us who thought that TV had long since given up public service broadcasting were heartened indeed to see The Forgotten Children given a viable slot in the schedule, 9pm, and a serious subject treated with the respect it deserves.

- The Independent

…this documentary follows the tragic stories of refugee orphans stranded across Europe. A distressing film that will break your heart.

- Daily Mirror

If you’ve become numbed by the footage of destruction in Syria, you need to watch this. It’s a sharp reminder of the human cost of war…

- Metro

The Forgotten Children will stick in the mind long after the end credits.

- Daily Express

‘What to watch’

- The Daily Telegraph

‘Pick of the Day’

- Daily Mail

‘Critics’ Choice Pick of the Day’

- The Sunday Times

‘TV Choice’

- The Sunday Telegraph

‘TV Choice’

- The Observer

‘Pick’

- The Mail on Sunday

The Forgotten Children

1 x 60'

UK Premiere 9pm Tuesday 4th October 2016 on ITV1

What’s it like to be a child with no mum, no dad and no home? How do children forget the horrors of war or a journey where their parents died? Wild Pictures moving film The Forgotten Children follows refugee orphans in Europe who face violence, exploitation and prison.

88,000 refugee children are now stranded in Europe without their parents. They believed they would be safe here but many have faced violence, police brutality and hundreds have been imprisoned in detention centres and police cells. Alone and afraid, many are vulnerable to trafficking gangs and sexual exploitation. Syrian orphans 12-year-old Nagham and her brother 13-year-old Mohammed escaped the city of Aleppo; one of the most dangerous places on Earth. Their home is now a small tent in a derelict petrol station in northern Greece. Having left a government run camp after violence erupted, they now worry about their own safety as a child living in the same building is kidnapped – it’s a common occurrence. 10,000 children have gone missing since arriving in Europe…

The Forgotten Children follows the heart-breaking stories of refugee orphans across Europe. Governments have moved many of the children into state run camps and closed the doors to journalists. This film gives a voice to the children and hears their disturbing stories of suffering and survival.

RTS Awards Nominated
Best Single Documentary 2017

Broadcast Awards Finalist  
Best News & Current Affairs Programme 2018

Executive Producers: Paul Hamann and Tom Anstiss

Filmed & Directed by: Robin Barnwell

Producer & Director: Martin Webb

Editors: Brett Irwin and James Calderwood

Producer: Salwa Amor

Narrated by: Caroline Catz

 

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This is the first in a new series which explores the work of National Family Mediation, a network dedicated to helping feuding, separating or divorcing couples to reach a compromise and thus avoid costly court battles. It’s illustrated with real-life cases and it’s utterly fascinating. Helpful, practical, intelligent television.

- The Observer

Here the relationships are over; every last trace of love has evaporated and nothing is left but bitterness and smouldering rage. Like all conflict, though, it makes for compelling television.

- The Times

Everyone deserves respect and thanks for letting the cameras in, because the result is a fascinating insight into a world you would normally only ever see from the inside.

- The Guardian

Mr V Mrs was utterly compelling not least because all of us know someone who has been through a bitter marriage break-up.

- Daily Mail

****

- The Times

****

- Daily Mail

****

- TV Times

Mr v Mrs: Call The Mediator

3 x 60'

UK Premiere 9pm Tuesday 21st, 28th June & 5th July 2016 on BBC2

Wild Pictures gain unprecedented access to the private world of family mediation. Behind closed doors and through the lens of fixed rig cameras, we see couples come face to face to try and resolve their volatile and sensitive disputes over money, children and property in a last-ditch attempt to avoid a courtroom battle …

  • Sue left husband Peter for another man. They’re divorcing but can’t agree how their money should be split.
  • Martin wants to see the two sons he has with ex-partner Nicky, but Nicky doesn’t want to see him.
  • Mandy hasn’t seen her ex-partner Peter for 6 years but is still living in the flat they co-own.
  • Richie and Lizzie can’t agree where Richie should see their son now that they live 100 miles apart.
  • Jason and Vicky haven’t spoken a word to each other for the last 6 months and are struggling to share the parenting of their daughter.
  • Robina left an arranged marriage after 24 years with Parvez. Now they need to agree how to fairly divide what they have.

Will they manage to reach agreement without resorting to the courtroom…

Executive Producers: Paul Hamann and Susanne Curran

Series Produced & Directed by: Barnaby Peel

Producer & Director: Jenny Dames

Series Editors: Jules Cornell and Richard Fretwell

Narrated by: Zoë Wanamaker

 

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‘Critics’ Choice’

- The Sunday Times

‘Pick of the Day’ ****

- Daily Mail

‘What to Watch’

- The Daily Telegraph

‘Pick’

- The Mail on Sunday

***

- TV Times

‘Today’s Pick’

- Total TV Guide

‘Picks of the Day’

- TV Magazine

How They Steal Your I.D.

9pm Friday 3rd of June 2016 ITV1

Detectives hunt an elusive major criminal, known as ‘Mr Posh’. A master of disguise and accents, he calls the banks every day posing as different customers. Impersonating everyone from an Asian businessman to a female pensioner, he’s tricked the banks and traumatised his victims as he steals tens of thousands of pounds a day.

‘Mr Posh’ has mastered a new crime known as Telephone Banking Fraud, which increased by 95% in the first 6 months of 2015 and resulted in thousands of British victims collectively losing of £14 million.

With only a voice to go on, capturing ‘Mr Posh’ will not be easy. Over 6 months, Wild Pictures trail detectives from the City of London and Metropolitan Police as they use both cutting edge technology and good old fashioned police work to unmask and capture a very evasive criminal who has stolen thousands of people’s identities …

Executive Producer: Tom Anstiss & Paul Hamann

Produced & Directed by: Matt Haan

Editor: James Calderwood

Narrated by: Shaun Dooley

 

Distributed by: ITV Studios Global Entertainment

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Distribution Title: Mr Posh: The Million Dollar Fraudsters

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‘This unsensational documentary goes inside Norwich prison where 800 inmates, many in for drugs or violent crime, have to get on.’

- The Times

‘ITV has broadcast telling glimpses behind the walls of prisons from Strangeways to Aylesbury, with enlightening results. This latest documentary from the same production company examines the impact of separation from family members on those both on the inside and the outside.’

- The Daily Telegraph

‘The film of prison visits is heartbreaking in itself. An eye-opener.’

- The Observer

‘Pick of the Day’

‘This eye-opening one-off goes behind the gates to reveal that life behind bars is far from a cushy ride – for both inmates and their families.’

- Daily Mail

‘Pick of the Day’

- Daily Mirror

‘Picks of the Day’

- Daily Express

‘Pick’ *****

- Mail on Sunday

‘Tonight’s Pick’

- The Sun

‘Pick of the Day’

- Total TV Guide

Her Majesty’s Prison: Norwich

9pm Wednesday 4th May 2016 ITV1

Following on from their acclaimed films: HMP: Aylesbury, Wormwood Scrubs, Strangeways and Holloway, Wild Pictures opens up the closed world of Her Majesty’s Prison: Norwich which houses more than 750 inmates, ranging from seasoned criminals to young men serving their first prison sentence. Most of the 2.500 prisoners who come through its gates each year are husbands, fathers and sons. Their families can often be their only lifeline.

Half of all UK inmates are fathers, leaving nearly a quarter of a million children with a parent inside – twice the number affected by divorce. Many families don’t survive. Nearly half of all prisoners will lose touch with their family and a fifth of marriages will break up. Yet those who manage to keep family ties alive are six times less likely to reoffend.

This often emotional film gives a unique insight into the work of the prison in trying to keep prisoners families together … to break cycles of reoffending and hopefully change lives…

Executive Producer: Paul Hamann

Produced & Directed by: Kim Duke

Editor: Simon Battersby

Narrated by: Paul McGann

 

Distributed by: ITV Studios Global Entertainment

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Distribution Title: Families Behind Bars

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‘Pick of the Day’ ****

- TV Times

‘TV Choice’

- The Observer

‘Pick of the Day’

- TV Guide

‘Picks of the Day’

- Daily Express

‘Today’s Choice’

- TV Choice

The Cruise

6 x 30’

UK Premiere 8.30pm Thursdays 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st March & 7th April 2016 on ITV1

With unique access to one of the world’s largest luxury cruise ships, this new Wild Pictures’ series follows life on board for the crew of 1,400 who live and work on board the Regal Princess for up to 9 months at a time; from battling leaks to seeking promotions and from tense navigation challenges to trying to keep their relationships afloat.

We watch the lavish celebrations, light hearted comedies and unavoidable dramas as they unfold amidst the 3,000 passengers on their scenic voyage around the Baltic from Copenhagen to St Petersburg…

Executive Producers: Alicia Kerr and Paul Hamann

Series Filmed, Produced & Directed by: Catey Sexton

Series Director: Adam Hopkins

Editors: Mac Mackenzie, Jules Cornell and Sheryl Sandler

Narrated by: Hugh Bonneville

 

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‘I can say with supreme confidence that there has never been a more heart-wrenching bit of TV than poor, lovely Eric explaining that, in the depths of despair, the only thing that made him walk away from the cliff’s edge he found himself walking his dog along one dark day, was the knowledge that Fido would follow him over.’

- The Guardian

‘Pick’ *****

- The Mail on Sunday

‘Pick of the Day.’

- Daily Mail

Britain’s Oldest Crooks

1 x 60'

UK Premiere 9pm, 10th December 2015 on ITV1

As the UK population ages, so do its criminals; the over 60s are now the fastest growing age group in UK prisons. These pensioners are not growing old gracefully, having committed everything from robbery, to fraud, to…pigeon feeding.

Old age, it seems, is no barrier to committing crime, whether it’s breaching an ASBO or continuing a lifelong stealing habit. There are nearly 4000 over 60s in UK prisons – but when it costs nearly £40,000 annually to lock up an aged pensioner, is sending them to prison always the best solution?

Whether it is or not, their crimes aren’t without consequences and as these aged criminals confront their mortality, each is coming to terms with their behaviour in their own way.

Executive Producer: Paul Hamann

Produced by: Eloise King

Filmed & Directed by: Richard Wylie

Editor: Richard Fretwell

 

 

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Wives and girlfriends left behind on shore are resolute, despite the ever-present danger. As one of the jolly sailors says: “People have gone out just for a pee, like, and they’ve never been seen again.”

- Sunday Times

****

- TV Times

If you think you’ve got a tough job, think again. In this three-part documentary we meet fishermen such as Don and his son Scott from Newlyn in Cornwall, who risk their lives at sea to provide for their families. But as they battle bad weather, and even sharks, with little sleep, they also struggled to meet the expectations of their wives, girlfriends and children at home.

- The Sun

‘TV Choice’

- The Observer

Trawlermen Tales

3 x 60'

UK Premiere 8pm, 5th, 12th, 19th January 2016 on ITV1

Trawlermen do one of the most dangerous jobs in Britain, braving extreme weather and danger in their relentless search for the big catch. It takes a special kind of man to do the job. And it takes a special kind of woman to stand beside them.

With unique access to the fishermen of Newlyn, Cornwall, Trawlermen Tales gets under the skin of the men who risk their lives to catch our fish. We lift the lid on the gritty reality of their jobs and meet the families they risk it all for. From battling broken engines and trying to keep their relationships afloat, to the challenge of landing highly dangerous catches before getting home, sometimes just in time to see the birth of their children.

Wild Pictures’ cameras are there to see what drives them out to sea and keeps them going back…

Executive Producers: Alicia Kerr and Paul Hamann

Directed by: Philip Mulroy, Martin Webb, Paul Glynn,

Poppy Chandler, Philip Mulroy & Richard Wyllie

Series Producer: Deborah Lovett

Editors: Jules Cornell, David G. Hill, Mac Mackenzie,

Simon Battersby & Allen Charlton

Narrated by: Sean Bean

 

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‘This heartbreaking documentary opens with a horrifying statistic: every 12 hours in Britain, a child is abducted by a parent or family member. The abductions are traumatic enough, but the long-term effects on those left behind are also devastating. This is one of those programmes that will leave more fortunate parents thankful for what they’ve got.’

- The Mail

‘”Every 12 hours in Britain a child is abducted by a parent or family member,” begins this heartrending film which follows the stories of three parents trying desperately to secure the return of children who have been abducted and smuggled abroad by former partners. Recommended.’

- The Observer

‘This documentary shows us what lies at the end of that draining process; when all else fails, sometimes forcibly retrieving a child is the only option. It’s intense and intimate viewing.’

- The Guardian

Abducted

UK Premier 9pm, Tuesday 4th August 2015 on ITV1

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: their child snatched and smuggled overseas. The number of children abducted by an estranged parent has doubled in the UK in the last decade. The left behind parent often has to go through years of heartache, fighting their ex-partner through the international courts just to see their child again. Some never do…

Britons are increasingly finding partners from abroad. But when those international relationships break down, things often get very messy, especially when there are children involved.

Wild Pictures’ hard hitting documentary Abducted follows the emotional and dramatic journeys of 3 British parents desperately trying to get their kids back from foreign countries. With exclusive access to a team of child recovery experts who snatch kids back, Abducted shows a growing number of left behind parents are taking extreme action…

Executive Producers: Tom Anstiss and Paul Hamann

Directed by: Jonathan Jones

Produced by: Aislinn McIvor

Editors: Martin Thompson and James Calderwood

Narrated by: Paul McGann

 

Distributed by: ITV Studios Global Entertainment

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‘As growing numbers of us travel abroad for work and pleasure, more and more Britons are finding they’ve got a one-way ticket to prison – around 5,500 are arrested overseas annually. This startling film tells the stories of three people who boarded a plane and found their lives taking a nightmarish detour – to jail.’

- The Mail

‘Every year thousands of Brits are arrested overseas – many facing nightmarish conditions in foreign prisons. With exclusive access to jails in Florida and the Carribean, this revealing documentary meets some of those incarcerated.’

- The Daily Telegraph

‘Innocent or guilty, it’s hard not to feel sympathetic for Brits who end up in prison abroad. This documentary hears shocking stories from inmates around the world facing hellish conditions, disease, abuse, terror and in some cases the death penalty.’

- Daily Mirror

Brits Behind Bars

1 x 60'

UK Premiere 9pm, 28th July 2015 on ITV1

Thousands of UK citizens are currently held in jails around the world. Those who break the law overseas face potentially lethal consequences – nightmare ‘living hell’ conditions, disease, abuse, terror…and sometimes even death.

Focusing on British prisoners we reveal their moving and shocking cases. Meeting families and lawyers forging major battles to get fair treatment for their loved ones, we discover trials that have gone catastrophically wrong, dubious evidence, and one man who has been struggling to prove his innocence for almost three decades.

As more and more British citizens travel to places where the criminal justice systems are tough and terrifying, Brits Behind Bars reveals the often shocking justice facing those who’ve committed alleged crimes – and how they could end up paying with their lives…

Executive Producer: Paul Hamann

Filmed, Produced & Directed by: Duncan Staff

Editor: Jason Porthouse

Producer: Catherine Phillips

Narrated by: Paul McGann

 

Distributed by: ITV Studios Global Entertainment

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‘As we learned in The Zoo, ZSL London’s likeable Head of Birds Adrian Walls has a penchant for penguins. In this inspiring programme, following his recovery from a serious operation, he gets the chance to see thousands of Humboldt penguins in the wild on the coast of Peru. His joy is unconfined. Really good natural history.’

- The Observer

‘Cute factor alert! London Zoo’s head of birds, Adrian Walls, visits the incredible Humboldt penguins of Peru in this fascinating one-off documentary.’

- The Sun

‘Even if the mere word “penguins” doesn’t immediately melt your heart, it’s worth diving into this one-off special. Adrian Walls, the man with the world’s best job- head of birds at London zoo – is off to the wilds of Peru to meet a very charismatic endangered species.’

- The Guardian

Meet the Penguins

UK Premiere 7pm, 26th July 2015 on ITV1

In Meet the Penguins, we join Adrian Walls, Head of Birds at the renowned London Zoo, on the journey of a lifetime.

With incredible close up access to the wild Humboldt penguins of Peru, Adrian is on a mission to help nurture one of nature’s most charismatic species.

Travelling from Peru’s capital Lima to the coastal deserts in the South he witnesses the everyday perils the penguins face.  Getting caught in a bird storm of 250,000 cormorants, hatching eggs surrounded by predators, dodging hungry seals and climbing perilous cliffs to reach their nesting grounds; these wonderful birds live a thrilling and dangerous life. Agile swimmers, surprisingly good climbers and wonderfully endearing to watch – this compelling film is a love letter to penguins from one of Britain’s leading bird experts…

Executive Producer: Paul Hamann

Produced By: Alicia Kerr

Director: Paul Glynn

Editor: Simon Battersby

Narrated by: Hugh Bonneville

 

Distributed by: ITV Studios Global Entertainment

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Distribution Title: The Zoo: Meet the Penguins

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‘One comedy icon on another: Monty Python’s Terry Jones gives an appraisal of the man behind the bowler hat and moustache in this engrossing documentary.’

- The Daily Telegraph

‘Monty Python’s Terry Jones reflects on one of showbusiness’ ultimate rags-to-riches stories as he explores the life and work of his hero, the great Charlie Chaplin. The actor’s exquisitely crafted silent comedies made him a Hollywood legend, leading a life far removed from his wretched, impoverished South London upbringing.’

- Daily Express

In Charlie Chaplin’s Footsteps – With Terry Jones

UK Premiere 10.35pm, 10th May 2015 on ITV1

Charlie Chaplin was at one time the most famous person in the world. His creation – the little tramp – was a universal figure adored by millions across the globe. He took crude, knockabout, slapstick comedy and transformed it into an art form with films that have stood the test of time. Terry Jones, comedian, writer and director, best known for being a leading member of Monty Python and long-time fan of silent comedies, offers a personal re-appraisal of the man who changed the face of film comedy.With access to a wealth of home movie material, Terry Jones also looks at the troubled private life of Chaplin: his loves, his politics, and his obsessions. He talks to Chaplin family members and biographers in his quest to get inside the skin of one of the true giants of film and comedy…

Executive Producers: Paul Hamann & Susanne Curran

Filmed, Produced & Directed by: Francis Hanly

Editor: Martin Cooper

Sound Recordist: Howard Peryer

Presented By: Terry Jones

 

Distributed by: ITV Studios Global Entertainment

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Distribution Title: In Charlie Chaplin's Footsteps

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‘In the first of a new run of this excellent fly-on-the-wall series, we follow City of London police officers as they track and raid the gang, who have made millions by selling, over and over again, pockets of worthless land on flood zones. We are taken, too, into the multimillion-pound homes of the fraud’s kingpins, their wardrobes packed with designer goodies.’

- Radio Times

‘This invaluable series highlights some of the nastiest scams, starting tonight with land bank fraud. Companies are set up for short periods of time in prestigious offices to sell parcels of worthless land using high-pressure telesales agents.’

- The Times

‘Documentaries like this should be required viewing. Watch one every time you’re about to do anything with your hard-earned savings and ask yourself: ‘Am I being had?”

- The Mail

Fraud Squad
Series 3

UK Premiere 9pm, 30th April, 7th,14th May 2015 on ITV1

Fraud Squad reveals how organised crime groups are carrying out ingenious new frauds to steal millions from our bank accounts.

With exclusive access to the City of London Police Fraud Squad trails detectives as they pursue a gang who have committed the biggest ever cheque fraud in Britain,  counterfeiting thousands of bank cheques stolen from people, small businesses and charities across Britain.

The 1st film in the series reveals how organised crime has relocated into Britain’s property market selling worthless land they claim is ripe for housing development.  Detectives investigate one gang who conned hundreds of British victims, having made £10 million.

With access to live surveillance and arrest operations this dramatic documentary series shows how fraudsters ruthlessly target victims from across the UK and squander the millions they’ve stolen on their lavish lifestyles…

Executive Producers: Tom Anstiss & Paul Hamann

Produced and Directed by: Matt Haan & Will West

Editors: James Calderwood & Chris Beresford 

Narrated by: Richard Armitage

 

Distributed by: ITV Studios Global Entertainment

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‘Pick – 4 Stars’

- The Mail on Sunday

Call Security

UK Premiere 10.45pm, Tuesday 24th March 2015 on BBC1

Cuts to public spending mean there are now far less police on the streets. Conversely, the public’s obsession with security is on the rise. Over 7000 private security firms in the UK are stepping in to fill the gap – and business is booming. People are terrified by threats – some real, some imagined – and are willing to pay big bucks for everything from bodyguards to cutting-edge security equipment. Using a mix of CCTV footage, point of view narratives from security personnel and moving testimonies from victims, Call Security gets to grips with one of modern society’s fastest growing industries…

“Policing’s moved on, you don’t get the bobbies on the streets, you haven’t got the police boxes and the men running around with whistles anymore, but from our point of view, we are boots on the ground, twenty four hours a day, and we’re eyes and ears as well.”
Dave Jordan, Owner, Proforce 1 Security

“My main concern is for my wife and daughter… It’s a cost that unfortunately you have to grin and bear…I think it’s a necessity that everyone should have. You should be able to secure your castle as they say, and you want to feel safe in it.”
Jonathan Groman, Homeowner

Executive Producer: Paul Hamann

Filmed and Directed by: Richard Wyllie

Producer: Eloise King

Editor: Richard Fretwell

Narrated by: Maxine Peake

 

Distributed by: ITV Studios Global Entertainment

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Distribution Title: Call Security!

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‘Pick’

- The Mail on Sunday

‘A shocking insight into an unforgivable crime.’

- The Mail

‘Watch This’

- The Guardian

‘Pick of the Day’

- The Observer

Hit and Run

UK Premiere 9pm, Wed 17th December 2014 on ITV1

Shockingly, there are now over 16,000 hit-and-run collisions every year on Britain’s roads resulting in serious injuries or death – for victims and for families left behind, a hit-and-run collision can herald years of considerable anger, pain and frustration. For the police who pick up the pieces, bringing the guilty to justice is a test of investigative skills and resolve. This is the inside story of Hit and Run

Executive Producer: Paul Hamann

Produced & Directed by: Jonathan Jones

Editor: Sam McHugh

Narrated by: Paul McGann

 

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‘This entertaining three-part series goes behind the counter of Kentucky Fried Chicken, the huge and lucrative industry from the USA’s Deep South that’s taking over the UK with 35 new branches every year.’

- Daily Mirror

‘Some people will see this as a puff piece for a fast-food chain. Others will see it as a searing portrait of capitalism at full tilt. The odd thing is, it’s quite cleverly both at once.’

- Radio Times

‘This revealing documentary lifts the lid on the fried chicken chain, taking in everyone from management to suppliers to shop floor staff, and, while the usual stitch-up is anticipated, what evolves is a picture of an employer who cares deeply about its staff and a place where standards are paramount.’

- TV Guide

The Billion Dollar Chicken Shop

3 x 60'

UK Premiere 9pm Wednesday 18th, 25th March and 1st April 2015 on BBC One

Valued at over £4 billion a year, the fast food industry is big business and even bigger controversy… With its globally recognised but fiercely protected recipe for fried chicken, KFC is one of the brands that has divided public opinion. Love it or hate it, the fact is very little is known about what goes on behind the scenes. Now for the first time KFC exclusively throws open its doors in a tell-all documentary series.

This rich character-driven, fast-moving series takes viewers into the heart of the company and into the hearts of its loyal and disloyal customers and reveals why we have become addicted to fried chicken and chips…

The Billion Dollar Chicken Shop beds-in with the KFC brand; from the boardroom to the kitchen and reveals the truth about the company that we all think we know…

Executive Producer: Paul Hamann

Series Produced and Directed by: Stephen Finnigan

Producer Director: Damian O'Mahony

Editors: Gwyn Jones, Jason Savage

DV Director: Beki Wood

Assistant Producer: Katy McClellan

Narrated by: Ralf Little

 

Distributed by: ITV Studios Global Entertainment

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Distribution Title: Inside KFC: The Billion Dollar Chicken Shop

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‘Most children who get excluded from school for disruptive behaviour end up in Pupil Referral Units, banded together in an unsatisfactory system where less than 2 per cent of them achieve five GCSEs.
Tonight’s compelling edition of Panorama shows how one pioneering institution has ditched this desperately flawed approach with remarkable results.’

- The Daily Telegraph

‘What to watch’

- The Daily Telegraph

‘Choice’

- The Sunday Times

‘Pick of the Day’

- The Times

Panorama: Last Chance Academy

1 x 60'

UK Premiere 9pm, Wednesday 27th August 2014 on BBC One

The story of one school’s groundbreaking battle to save problem pupils from the scrap heap and bring exam success. Baverstock Academy is opposed to permanently excluding disruptive kids and will go to almost any lengths to keep them in mainstream education. This Panorama Special follows the students in the run-up to exams to see if the school can honour its pledge to keep disruptive pupils in school as well as get them five GCSEs.

In 2013, 146,000 kids were excluded from classrooms, 3,900 on a permanent basis. Most excluded kids end up in pupil referral units, where less than 2% get 5 GCSEs at grade C. Baverstock Academy hopes its exam success will change the way the education system treats disruptive pupils and set the pattern for how these children are treated in the future.

Executive Producer: Tom Anstiss
Producer/Director: Clare Johns
DV Director: Angela Byrne
Film Editor: Martin Sage
Narrator: Sophia Myles

 

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