RED Production Company was set up by Nicola Shindler in 1998 to work with the best writers on modern, innovative and entertaining programming. The Manchester-based indie has since produced some of the UK’s most popular drama series working with esteemed writers including Russell T Davies, Bill Gallagher, Sally Wainwright, Danny Brocklehurst and Sean Conway.
This year looks set to be the busiest yet for RED with 11 shows in production including Sally Wainwright’s new drama Happy Valley (BBC), a third series of her award-winning Last Tango in Halifax, and a fourth series of Scott & Bailey (ITV). In addition, RED are working on two new Danny Brocklehurst-penned series for the BBC - The Driver and Ordinary Lies, and Prey starring John Simm for ITV - as well as working with comedian Lenny Henry for the first time on his debut screenplay Danny and the Human Zoo (BBC). This year also sees the return of RED’s partnership with Russell T Davies on an ambitious trilogy of shows for Channel 4, E4 and online. Cucumber (C4), Banana (E4) and Tofu (online) are an in-depth fictional and factual exploration of gay life in today’s society. RED’s previous TV credits include Russell T Davies’ award-winning cult hit Queer as Folk for Channel 4, Paul Abbott’s Clocking Off for the BBC, romantic comedy Bob and Rose for ITV, Burn It written by Matt Greenhalgh for BBC Three and the critically acclaimed dramas Unforgiven by Sally Wainwright and Mick Ford’s Single Father. RED Production Company has continued to amass a slate of award-winning and critically acclaimed drama and comedy programming in recent years. Highlights include Hit & Miss - Sky Atlantic’s first UK commission, BBC One dramas Blackout and two series of BAFTA-winning Last Tango in Halifax as well as Bedlam (Sky Living), long-running series Scott & Bailey (ITV1) and new comedy Pat & Cabbage (ITV). Last Tango in Halifax, Sally Wainwright’s original drama for BBC One, proved to be a huge ratings hit for the channel pulling in more than 6 million viewers a week in series one and two - leading to an instant commission for a third series which is due to air later this year. The series won two coveted BAFTAs in 2013 for Best Drama and Best Writer. RED’s growing success was recently recognised by Broadcast Magazine when the company won the hotly contested Indie of the Year 2013 accolade. Nicola Shindler was also honoured at the Women in Film & TV Awards in December 2012 when she won the coveted Female Indie of the Year prize. In addition to TV content, RED has also produced a series of short films for BBC Learning and two series of acclaimed Woman’s Hour Radio 4 drama, Craven, starring Maxine Peake. The ambitious indie also recently made its first venture into feature films, working with Bill Gallagher on an adaptation of their 2004 hit Conviction called Blood, with Neal Street Productions. The film premiered at the 2012 London Film Festival. Last year RED announced a partnership deal with StudioCanal, giving the company access to an extensive library of film titles, international distribution and a growing network of production companies across Europe.