‘Shocking’

- The Observer

‘Picks of the Day’

- The Observer

Exposure: The Factory
The Factory

1 x 60’

UK Premiere 10.35pm 3rd October 2011 on ITV1

ArcelorMittal is the world’s biggest steel company and is headed by Britain’s richest man, Lakshmi Mittal. Exposure looks at how its Czech Republic steel plant is making Ostrava one of the most polluted cities in Europe.

Last year it produced over 1,000 tonnes of gases including a dangerous cancer causing substance, benzo(a)pyrene. This combines with other sources of pollution and produces smog, so bad that in winter, school children, the elderly and vulnerable are forced to stay indoors.

The Factory investigates the lives of residents in two districts which lie in the shadow of the ArcelorMittal steel plant.

Executive Producers: Tom Anstiss & Paul Hamann

Filmed, produced & directed by: Michael Simkin

Editors: Nigel Barker, James Calderwood & Darina Moravcikova

Photography: Jan Suster, Kelvin Richards & Charlie White

Director of Photography: Steve Organ

Composer: Justin Nichols

Narrator: David Morrissey

 

Distributed by: ITV Studios Global Entertainment

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Distribution Title: The Factory

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‘A shocking, but compelling two part investigation into one of Britain’s biggest share frauds.’

- The Observer

‘Choice’

- The Observer

‘What to Watch’

- The Daily Telegraph

‘This two part documentary plays out almost like a thriller as it follows City of London police’s economic crime unit in pursuit of a gang of ruthless scammers.’

- Daily Mail

‘This two-parter sounds like it might belong to the ‘Motorway Cops’ school of dull, bathetic plod-TV. But it’s a much more involving beast than that, co-opting the dynamics of a passable if generic thriller as scam artists responsible for frauds involving the sale of fake shares in non-existent companies are located, tracked and taken down.’

- Time Out

‘Pick of the Day’

- Daily Mail, Radio Times, Time Out, Daily Express

Fraud Squad
Series 1

2 x 60’

UK Premiere 9pm 26th August, 2nd September 2011 on ITV1

Fraud is the new goldmine for organised crime. 3.2 million people in Britain have become victims. One of the most lucrative scams is ‘Boiler Room’ fraud. People are conned into buying worthless shares in fictitious companies. Some victims have lost their homes, others have committed suicide.

Fraud Squad shadows detectives as they investigate one of the biggest share frauds in Britain. The hunt for the Nigerian ringleader and his gang takes detectives across the playgrounds of Europe. Will they recover the £20 million stolen from the victims before the gang spend it on their lavish lifestyles?

This critically acclaimed series exposes this subversive and devastating crime for the very first time with fast-paced action and compelling stories.

Executive Producer: Paul Hamann

Series Producer & Director: Tom Anstiss

Editor: James Calderwood

Director of Photography: Steve Organ

Composer: Ernie Wood

Narrator: Richard Armitage

 

Distributed by: ITV Studios Global Entertainment

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‘A tender three part series, where although no miracles, there is love and hope.’

- Radio Times

‘Hard going but eye opening.’  

- TV Times

‘Pick of the Day’

- The Guardian

‘Best on the Box’

- Sunday Mirror

Baby Hospital

3 x 60’

UK Premiere 9pm 14th, 21st, 28th June 2011 on ITV1

Every parent wants to have a healthy, happy baby. But every year, thousands of parents have to confront the reality of what happens when a birth goes wrong.

Baby Hospital is an emotional and heart-wrenching journey inside the world of the Liverpool Women’s Hospital, the largest obstetric and neo-natal unit in the country.

We follow the highly-specialised work involved in saving often tiny babies; how babies are ‘plumbed in’ to life support systems using the remains of the umbilical cord…the cord that once linked them to their mothers, inside the womb. But we also discover what cutting edge medicine can and cannot achieve.

Executive Producer: Paul Hamann

Series Producer & Director: Lynn Alleway

Filmed, produced & directed by: Holly Challinor

Editor: James Calderwood & Frank Burgess

Director of Photography: Steve Standen

Composer: Jim Copperwaithe

Narrator: Sue Johnston

 

Distributed by: ITV Studios Global Entertainment

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‘Superb, albeit extremely graphic film, lacking in pious judgement or sensationalism.’

- The Guardian

Strangeways locks in 5.5m’

- Broadcast

‘ITV has recorded its highest-rated documentaries in a decade with new prison series Strangeways.’

- Broadcast

Strangeways is harrowing from first to last, but ITV1’s unflinching portrait of a normally hidden world makes for gripping viewing.’

- Broadcast

Strangeways

3 x 60’

UK Premiere 9pm 9th, 16th, 23rd May 2011 on ITV1

Britain’s largest high security prison allows an exclusive insight into life for prisoners and staff for a compelling and candid documentary series on ITV1, Strangeways.

Behind the Victorian walls of HMP Manchester, formerly known as Strangeways, are some of the country’s most violent men. There are 1200 prisoners, including murderers, rapists, drug dealers and terrorists serving sentences ranging from a few days to life.

Our cameras were given unprecedented access to capture the frenetic and complex lives of some of Britain’s most dangerous men and the staff that preside over them.

Attracting 5.8m viewers, making it ITV’s highest-rated documentary series for a decade, Strangeways shone a light on a world most of us know little about and became a national talking point.

Executive Producer: Paul Hamann

Series Producer: James Cohen

Producer/Directors: Nick Mattingly & Louise Malkinson

Editors: Jason Savage & Richard Fretwell

Composer: Ernie Wood

 

Distributed by: ITV Studios Global Entertainment

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‘Ridiculously watchable documentary considering it mainly revolves around customs officers foraging in the backs of lorries and laboriously ripping duct tape off.’

- The Guardian

‘Fascinating television.’

- The Observer

‘The UK Border Agency is in the front line in the battle against smugglers, and this first of a two-part documentary makes for often eye-popping viewing.’

- The Mail on Sunday

‘Choice’

- The Observer

Smugglers

2 x 60’

UK Premiere 9pm 5th, 12th April 2011 on ITV1

The UK is a country of choice for smugglers. We are Europe’s prime destination for smuggled cigarettes and the leading consumers of cocaine.

This compelling new series follows officers as they seize huge consignments of drugs in underwater attachments on ships or in secret compartments on lorries, showing the extraordinary lengths to which crime gangs will go to beat our border controls.

Officers acknowledge that any success they have is often short-lived as what they stop is the tip of the iceberg. In fact they estimate that for every one seizure of drugs another nine get through undetected.

This high-adrenaline series offers the rare opportunity to see our officers at work and gain an insight into the huge intelligence network behind them.

Executive Producer: Paul Hamann

Series Producer & Director: Tom Anstiss

Producer/Director: Josh Good

Editor: Mark Senior & James Calderwood

Director of Photography: Steve Organ

Composer: Ernie Wood

Narrator: Samuel West

 

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‘This intelligent three-part documentary series, which goes behind the scenes at London Zoo and its sister Whipsnade, is sure to be a hit with viewers of all ages… Utterly absorbing.’

- The Observer

‘Emotion, humour, endeavour, tragedy, triumph – all human (and animal) life is here.’

- Daily Mail

‘Pick of the Day’

- Time Out, The Guardian, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror

‘What to watch’

- The Metro

‘Choice’

- The Observer

‘Best on the Box’

- Sunday Mirror

The Zoo Series 1

3 x 60’

UK Premiere 9pm 9th, 16th, 23rd November 2010 on ITV1

For the first time in ten years the Zoological Society of London invited cameras into their two zoos – London Zoo in Regent’s Park and their country home at Whipsnade. At their two sites ZSL have 800 staff looking after 21,000 animals.

The Zoo is both a tourist attraction and a fundraising machine that supports animal conservation in more than 50 countries around the globe. Our cameras followed both the triumphs and the disasters and revealed the life and death stories of the people and the animals at the Zoo.

Executive Producer: Paul Hamann

Series Producer & Director: Richard Denton

Filmed & Directed by: Nick Mattingly

Editors: Richard Fretwell & Nigel Warbrick

Composer: Ernie Wood

 

Distributed by: ITV Studios Global Entertainment

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‘Wormwood Scrubs, one of the most vivid and compelling documentaries seen anywhere on television for years, let alone on ITV1.’

- The Observer

‘It’s a brave thing for HM Prisons Service to do, letting the cameras in – one which I imagine took a lot of negotiation… It’s a proper, honest, warts and all portrait, and a real eye opener.’

- The Guardian

‘This is brave, sensitive storytelling which coaxes out real-life characters with more self-conflict and pathos than you’ll find in any gritty prison drama.’

- Time Out

‘This is a well-crafted ob doc, with extraordinary and intimate access maintained even in the most challenging situations.’

- Broadcast

‘Pick of the day’

- The Guardian, The Observer, Time Out, The Mail

‘Critic’s Choice’

- The Sunday Times

‘Today’s Choice’

- The Independent

‘Documentary of the Week’

- Radio Times

Wormwood Scrubs

2 x 60’

UK Premiere 9pm 10th, 17th May 2010 on ITV1

Wormwood Scrubs prison is one of Europe’s largest jails, holding over 1,200 male inmates, from drug addicted petty villains to sophisticated thieves and extremely violent, often disturbed, criminals. Some wings hold over 300 prisoners, many of whom are drug addicts and with sometimes only 12 guards to keep order, bullying and violence can be a daily occurrence.

Brought to you by the team that made the acclaimed Holloway documentaries, this new series follows the frenetic lives of prisoners and prison officers who make up this complex, noisy and disturbed community. The problems are vast – drug addiction, bullying, psychopaths and many really missing their loved ones.

Attracting an incredible 5 million+ viewers for each episode, these dramatic and moving films give an extraordinary insight into the work being done to the keep this huge prison on track.

Executive Producer: Paul Hamann

Series Producer: James Cohen

Director: Jamie Berry

Editor: Jason Savage

Composer: Ernie Wood

 

Distributed by: ITV Studios Global Entertainment

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‘This thoughtful, well-made and heartfelt documentary series is to be applauded…its success shows that there is an appetite among audiences for stories of regular people told simply with no sensationalism and no celebrity presenter.’

- The Guardian

‘Simply by filming lives with the minimum of fuss, this rather brilliant series looks behind the myths about prison life: making it seem easy, at times, but also rather boring, and very, very sad.’

- Daily Express

‘…stylish new documentary series that reveals often surprising aspects of life on the inside’

- The Sunday Times

Critic’s Choice’

- Daily Mail

Holloway

3 x 60’

UK Premiere 9pm 17th, 24th, 31st March 2009 on ITV1

Holloway prison, in North London, holds up to 500 female inmates and is the largest women’s prison in Europe. Incarcerated behind heavy security is a complete cross section of criminals, from petty villains and drug-addicted prostitutes to fraudsters and dangerous, high profile murderers.

With extraordinary access granted by the Prison Service, Wild Pictures follows key staff as they attempt to reform the prison. The problems are vast – drugs, bullying, psychopaths, needy mothers, even prisoners falling in and out of love. This gritty documentary series gives a real insight into the work being done to get the prison and its inmates back on track.

Executive Producer: Paul Hamann

Series Producer: James Cohen

Filmed, produced & directed by: Lynn Alleway

Editors: Jason Savage, Nikki Clemens & Fred Hart

Composer: Ernie Wood

 

Distributed by: ITV Studios Global Entertainment

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Distribution Title: Jail House Girls

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‘This exceptional two-part documentary gains access for the first time to CO19, the Metropolitan Police’s armed response unit….The sheer danger faced by CO19’s 550 officers comes screaming off the TV screen.’

- The Daily Telegraph

‘…provides viewers with a rare and compelling insight into a dangerous job, where split-second decisions can make the difference between life and death.’

- The Observer

This impressive warts and all footage is an eye-opener – never before has a British police force agreed to show its hardline tactics so openly.’

- News of the World

‘This two-part documentary gets inside the firearms division of the Met for a close-up view of their training and frontline work.’

- Daily Mail

‘Critic’s Choice’

- Daily Mail

‘Pick of the Day’

- The Observer

In the Line of Fire

2 x 60’

UK Premiere 9pm 10th, 17th February 2009 on ITV1

Gun and gang crime is now part of life in Britain’s major cities and London has been hit the hardest with on average, two people shot every day. For the first time, Wild Pictures exclusively films on the frontline with CO19, the firearms division of the Metropolitan Police, the unit charged with tackling London’s gun criminals.

At a time when CO19 was still awaiting the inquest into the shooting of Jean Charles De Menezes, In the Line of Fire’s producers gained unprecedented access to the unit. They follow its officers for four months at close quarters to provide a rare and compelling insight into one of the most dangerous jobs in Britain, where split second decisions can mean the difference between life and death. We see the use of heavy force to tackle those CO19 believe to pose a threat and watch as they address pressures from media scrutiny.

In the Line of Fire provides a unique perspective on the sheer scale and nature of gun crime in London today.

Executive Producer: Paul Hamann

Series Producer: Tom Anstiss

Producer/Director: Jamie Berry

Editors: Jamie Hay, Mark Senior & Fred Hart

Director of Photography: Steve Organ

Composer: Ernie Wood

Narrator: Ken Stott

 

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‘A moving, uplifting account, which reveals the younger woman to be a brilliant artist and suggests that Russians are made of much sterner stuff than the rest of us…’

- The Sunday Times

‘Pick of the Day’

- The Observer

‘Critic’s Choice’

- The Sunday Times

Slaves in the Cellar

1 x 60’

UK Premiere 10pm 30th October 2008 on Channel Five

A new crime wave is stalking the world. Many young girls are being kidnapped and held hostage as the sex slaves of depraved men. Many are murdered, some survive, but few ever tell their story. Now two Russian girls, Lena Simakhina and Katya Martynova, break that silence and tell the story of how they were abducted and held for nearly 4 years as ‘The Slaves in the Cellar’ of a 53 year old factory worker called Viktor Mokhov.

In a 2×3 metre bunker, they survived, gave birth to two children and eventually managed to smuggle out a desperate plea for help. They were finally rescued after 3 years, 8 months and 5 days. Their story is shocking, their courage is inspiring and their recovery is extraordinary.

Executive Producer: Paul Hamann

Written, produced & filmed by: Richard Denton

Editor: Julie Buckland

Composer: Glen Keiles

 

Distributed by: ITV Studios Global Entertainment

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Distribution Title: Our Lives: The Slaves in the Cellar

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‘This incredible documentary follows one of the UK’s leading specialists to help save the life of the world’s tallest man.’

- Sunday Times

World’s Tallest Man

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UK Premiere 10pm 7th December 2006 on Discovery Channel

Being tall can be very lonely. Being very tall indeed can be life-threatening. Leonid Stadnyk, from Ukraine, is 36 and 8 feet 4 inches tall. He is currently the world’s tallest man. He is tall because he suffers from Pituitary Giantism – but he has never been treated and his life is in danger.

For more than 20 years Leonid has been too fearful to seek help but recently he did have medical tests and we sent the results to one of the world’s leading specialists in Giantism, Harley Street’s Professor Michael Besser. Professor Besser travelled to Ukraine to meet and examine Leonid. He discovers Leonid’s life may have been saved by something little short of a miracle.

Executive Producer: Paul Hamann

Producer/Director: Richard Denton

Editor: Richard Fretwell

Director of Photography: Alex Hansen

Composer: Glen Keiles

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‘One of the best documentaries of the year and one of the most important.’

- The Observer

The film opts for a disconcertingly elegant, almost lyrical style, making the central outrage all the more haunting.’

- Financial Times

‘The film is a sobering indictment of male-run religious culture.’

- The Independent

‘Pick of the Day’

- The Observer, The Independent

Execution of a Teenage Girl

1 x 60’

UK Premiere 9pm 27th July 2006 on BBC Two

Atefah Sahaaleh was just sixteen when Iranian authorities hanged her in public for ‘crimes against chastity’.

As with the other fourteen young women currently on death row in Iran for charges of sex outside marriage, the Iranian authorities tried to cover up the real and shocking facts of her case. But some in Iran were determined to get the truth out, despite great risk to themselves.

This film uses witness testimony and drama reconstruction from eyewitness accounts to piece together a story the Iranian regime never wanted you to hear…

Executive Producer: Paul Hamann

Producer/Director: Monica Garnsey

Editor: Frank Burgess

Director of Photography: Simon Ffrench

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‘Film-maker Richard Denton is given access to the Kremlin in a way that would have been unheard of ten years ago.’

- The Times

‘Critic’s Choice’

- The Sunday Times

‘Pick of the Day’

- Daily Mail

Putin’s Palace

1 x 60'

UK Premiere 9pm 11th May 2006 on BBC Two

Twenty years after documentary maker Richard Denton first went to Russia, he returns to film inside the Kremlin as Putin nears the end of his controversial Presidency.

From the urbane spin doctor, Dimitri, all the way down to Konstantin, a soldier in the Presidential Regiment, Denton meets the people who work for the President at a time when there are scandals inside the Russian army. British diplomats are accused of spying and Putin himself prepares for the biggest press conference in history. Meanwhile Russians are beginning to ask the question: after Putin, who will be the next President of Russia?

Executive Producer: Paul Hamann

Producer/Director: Richard Denton

Editor: Richard Fretwell

Director of Photography: Simon Ffrench

 

Distributed by: BBC Worldwide

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Distribution Title: Secrets of the Kremlin

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