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 Matt Greenhalgh.
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 & 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 recently enjoyed its most successful year to date. Last year (2012) alone saw six RED Production Company projects on screen including new dramas like Bill Gallagher’s Love Life and Tony Marchant’s drama Leaving for ITV1, Hit & Miss - Sky Atlantic’s first UK commission - and BBC One dramas Blackout and BAFTA-winning Last Tango in Halifax as well as Bedlam (Sky Living) and long-running series Scott & Bailey (ITV1).
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 and led to an instant commission for a second series which is due to air this Autumn. The series won two coveted BAFTAs earlier this year for Best Drama and Best Writer.
2012 also saw the company make its first venture into feature films, again 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.
This year is proving to be equally fruitful for the indie with four commissions announced so far including Sally Wainwright’s new drama Happy Valley (BBC), new Danny Brocklehurst series Ordinary Lies (BBC), Prey starring John Simm for ITV and a fourth series of Scott & Bailey (ITV).
RED have also produced three new comedies this year - most recently Pat & Cabbage for ITV and earlier in the year BBC Two broadcast Sue Perkins’ first sitcom Heading Out (a co-production with Square Peg TV), and Sky Living broadcast A Nice Arrangement by Sanjeev Kohli, for their LOVE MATTERS romantic comedy season.
RED’s growing success was recently recognised by Broadcast Magazine at this year’s prestigious annual awards ceremony where the company won the hotly contested Indie of the Year accolade. Nicola Shindler was also honoured at last year’s Women in Film & TV Awards in December when she won the coveted Female Indie of the Year 2012 prize.
RED has also produced a series of short films for BBC Learning and are currently producing the sixth series of acclaimed Woman’s Hour Radio 4 drama, Craven, starring Maxine Peake.