Boundless is headed up by Neil Smith who leads the team to deliver some of the biggest factual entertainment series for all the main broadcasters including: the BAFTA award winning series The Apprentice (BBC One); Love in the Countryside (BBC Two); An Hour to Save Your Life (BBC One); Escape to the Country (BBC One); Escape to the Perfect Town (BBC One), Sarah Beeny’s Four Rooms (Channel 4); Great British Railway Journeys (BBC Two); Great American Railroad Journeys (BBC Two); Great Australian Railway Journeys (BBC Two); Grand Designs (Channel 4); Grand Designs: House of the Year (Channel 4), Grand Designs: The Street (Channel 4) and 60 Days on the Streets (Channel 4).Visit the Boundless website
BAFTA winning Grand Designs is widely recognised as the pre-eminent series on modern architecture and design in Britain.
The series follows the first 10 ground breaking pioneers as they build very individual homes to form a street and ultimately a community, like no other in Britain.
The brand-new series shines a light on how Britain’s desirable market towns are fast becoming hotspots for home seekers, from first time buyers and young families feeling priced out of major cities, through to country-based baby boomers who want to move closer to the action. Presenters Steve Brown, Sonali Shah, Jonnie Irwin and Nicki Chapman cover the length and breadth of the UK, from Abergavenny to Woodbridge and Tunbridge Wells to Ayr.
Today, more people are sleeping rough than at any time since WW2. Now, self-shooting former soldier Ed Stafford will spend 60 winter days and nights on the street with no money, no food and no shelter to get a first-hand view of Britain’s growing homelessness crisis.
Michael Portillo embarks upon a six-nation, 2,500 mile journey across South East Asia following a 1913 Bradshaw’s guidebook. Published at the height of European imperialism, his 100-year-old guidebook leads him on a spectacular railway adventure through six countries.
The Apprentice is one of the most successful factual entertainment formats on television. The BAFTA winning series gives a unique insight into the competitive world of business.
Michael Portillo follows in the footsteps of the father of the train timetable in this revealing portrait of Britain through the eyes of the cartographic genius that was George Bradshaw.
Britain’s most competitive dealers are all on standby to spend their personal fortunes in edge-of-seat deals, if the right item comes through their doors.
Love in the Countryside is a six part series for BBC Two, following a group of men and women who are struggling to find a partner with whom to share their rural lives.
Presented by Kevin McCloud, this four-part series explores some of Britain’s most contemporary and cutting edge homes, all of them in the running for the coveted RIBA House of the Year Award
Michael Portillo crosses the Atlantic to ride the railroads of America, armed with Appleton’s General Guide to the United States, published in 1879.
Escape to the Country is a hugely popular series helping prospective buyers find their dream home in the country.
Building on the success of Great British Railway Journeys, Michael Portillo embarks on a series of railway journeys across Europe.
You’re Fired is the companion show to The Apprentice. Hosted by Tom Allen, business experts and celebrities appear weekly to discuss the outgoing candidates’ performance. It airs immediately after The Apprentice on BBC Two.
A series celebrating the house buying success stories of people who purchased a rural property they were introduced to on their original Escape to the Country journey.
Managing Director Boundless
Neil joined Boundless as Managing Director in December 2017. Neil oversees the Boundless programme slate, and is responsible for ensuring the growth of the label over the coming years.
Head of Production
Susanne has been Head of Production since August 2019 with overall production management responsibility across all Boundless titles, including Escape to the Country (BBC1); Great British Railway Journeys, (BBC2); The Apprentice (BBC1), companion show You’re Fired (BBC2); Love in the Countryside (BBC2); Grand Designs (Channel 4), and 60 Days on The Streets (Channel 4).
Head of Boundless West and Factual Features
John heads up Fremantle’s Boundless West label and Boundless Factual Features. Boundless West’s productions include Great British, Continental and American Railway Journeys (BBC Two), Escape to the Country (BBC One), Grand Designs (C4), and Four Rooms (C4). He divides his time between the London and High Wycombe offices.
Jack Kennedy is Creative Director for Boundless. He was previously Creative Director at Fresh One, and prior to that was Head of Formats and Factual for Lime Pictures, where he worked on commissions including Celebs Go Dating, Too Posh to Parent, Young Free and Single, Game Changers: Inventing the World. He began his career at BBC Studios and then ITV Studios.
Director of Programmes
Ben Mitchell joined Boundless in January 2018 as Director of Programmes.
Head of Popular Factual
BAFTA nominated Executive Producer Cal Turner is Head of Popular Factual.
Director of Development
Damian Pitman joined Boundless in January 2018 as Director of Development.
Talkback is part of Fremantle, UK and is focused on creating ‘talked about television’. Producing shows including the acclaimed QI, multi-award winning Celebrity Juice (for ITV2), Through the Keyhole (for ITV), Virtually Famous (for E4), Your Face or Mine (for Comedy Central), and The Keith and Paddy Picture Show (for ITV). Talkback attracts millions of viewers every year and continues to feature and develop some of the UK’s leading comedy entertainment.Visit the Talkback website
An affectionate and humorous tribute to some of Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness’s favourite movies of all time.
A two-part special in which Harry Redknapp takes on the weightiest challenge of his career. Can he get a team of unfit England football legends from the 1990s back in shape and back on the pitch ready to take on their old rivals Germany in one last grudge match?
Obsessive worrier and organiser Jon Richardson hosts a new comedy format where he attempts to analyse, assess and log every single one of his many, many worries.
Having reached the top of the game in the UK – in his eyes at least – Keith Lemon wants to become famous in America and he’s taking some of his best-known characters along with him for the ride.
Shopping With Keith Lemon sees the chat show format move away from the constraints of a studio setting with Keith and his celebrity guests taking to the streets and hitting the shops.
Last year, BBC Three commissioned Talkback to produce three pilots fronted by comedian Luke McQueen in a bid to nurture him as a future face of the channel. However, the pilots did not go to plan and Luke has been protesting the decision to broadcast them ever since.
Comedy quiz show full of quirky facts, in which contestants are rewarded more if their answers are ‘quite interesting’.
Multi award-winning Celebrity Juice is the outrageous comedy panel show hosted by the irrepressible Keith Lemon.
Keith Lemon takes us on a unique guided tour of the houses of the rich and famous, as he goes ‘Through The Keyhole’…
The show that celebrates the weird and wonderful online sensations that have got millions of us talking and sharing.
The Keith Lemon Sketch Show consists of a fast paced blend of hilarious sketches and character comedy from the multi-talented Leigh Francis.
Comedy Central comedy game show about looks and relationships. Stars Jimmy Carr and Katherine Ryan.
Rufus Hound invites a guest to read extracts from their teenage diaries.
Laura joined Talkback in 2016 from Los Angeles-based indie 44 Blue Productions, where she was Vice President of Unscripted Development.
Director of Development
Charlie joined the Talkback team in 2016, from Zeppotron.
Head of Production
Thames is headed up by Managing Director Amelia Brown. Broadcasting and producing programmes in every conceivable genre since 1968, the Thames label plays a prominent role in the history of the British television industry. As the entertainment arm of Fremantle, Thames has emerged as Britain’s leading entertainment label and continues to produce Britain’s biggest and best entertainment programmes. With shows including The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, The Greatest Dancer, Take Me Out, The Price is Right and Blankety Blank, Thames continues to set the standard for the British entertainment genre.Visit the Thames website
Britain’s Got Talent is the number one entertainment show of the last decade, and the Got Talent format holds the Guinness World Record title for the world’s Most Successful Reality TV Format.
Ever wanted answers after a relationship has broken down? This is the show that reunites ex-couples over a meal to ask some very awkward questions and have an honest conversation about where their relationship went wrong. Some exes want an apology, others want closure – but could they get back together? Find out as we eavesdrop on these tense, confrontational, flirty and often emotional reunions.
The Greatest Dancer is a dazzling new entertainment dance format that celebrates all styles from ballet to jazz, hip hop to Bollywood. Expect dramatic auditions, incredible challenges and remarkable live performances as dancers from across the nation swing, swirl and sashay onto the stage each week in the hope of being crowned the winner.
The cult quiz show has undergone a comedy reboot and is set to bring a new generation of viewer to the show as well as satisfy fans of the classic version. Blockbusters, hosted by Dara O’Briain sees players crossing a hexagonal board by answering quiz questions correlating to a letter, for a chance to win an experiential prize.
Confetti is an interactive gameshow on Facebook Watch which challenges viewers to answer pop culture trivia questions for a chance to win a cash prize. Given Facebook’s social nature, participants can play on their own, but can also bring friends and family along on the fun by engaging in gameplay together throughout the show.
A new dating show with a sunshine twist, Baewatch tests unsuspecting couples who not only think they have the perfect relationship, but also believe that they’re away on a romantic break just for two. Unbeknown to them, this is a couple’s holiday like no other, as they will be secretly observed by their in-laws, who will be hiding out watching and setting challenges behind-the-scenes to see what the relationship is really like, all before they have even met for the first time.
Supermarket Sweep is back, fronted by the one and only Ryan Clark-Neal on ITV2. The 20 x 60-minute series is a remake of the much-loved gameshow, returning to screens as a prime-time nightly show.
Whilst giving a respectful nod to the history of the original fronted by the late Dale Winton, the reboot will also inject the cheekiness and downright silliness fitting of an ITV2 prime-time slot with new games, challenges and a sprinkle of celebrity stardust, all culminating in teams taking on the unforgettable trolley dash to win a cash prize.
Rob Beckett’s Savage Socials is a brand-new series looking at the world of celebrities and social media. The 10-part series (8×45’ and 2×60’) sees funny man Rob Beckett diving head-first into a pool of social media’s most topical, hilarious and outrageous content, all while offering the most savage commentary on TV.
Dating show Take Me Out features 30 single women from across the UK seeking the right single guy to ‘take them out’ on a hot date to the sizzling Isle of Fernandos!
The UK’s most talked about TV show, The X Factor is now in its 14th season, and returns to TV in the Autumn. Last year’s series saw the return of Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell and was hosted by the nation’s favourite Dermot O’Leary.
It’s the world’s longest running game show and spawned one of TV’s most iconic catchphrases. Alan Carr is at the host of The Price is Right full of those iconic ‘Come On Down’ moments. Packed with amazing prizes and hysterical pricing games, this is set to be a classic entertainment extravaganza.
Presented by Stephen Mulhern the show is packed full of backstage news and gossip from Britain’s favourite entertainment show, offering viewers’ exclusive access to the Britain’s Got Talent judging panel and Ant and Dec with regular interviews, fun and games with all of them.
Presenters Mark Wright and Laura Jackson share all the gossip as they welcome the Take Me Out dating couples to reveal all at Villa Fernando’s..find out what goes on behind the scenes and after dark on the Island of Fernando!
The iconic game show Blankety Blank returned to ITV for a one off Christmas special hosted by David Walliams.
Amelia is MD of Thames and Executive Producer on Britain's Got Talent and The X Factor.
Director Of Production, FMUK Unscripted
Dean Jones is Director of Production, FMUK Unscripted.
Director of Development
Shona Baldwin is Director of Development, Thames
Head of Digital
Athena is Head of Digital, Thames
Hare and Tortoise takes up the baton from Retort, Fremantle’s former scripted comedy label, in developing scripted and unscripted comedy and irresistible entertainment.
Jon was most recently Managing Director of Retort, Fremantle's specialist Scripted Comedy label. He Executive Produced all of Retort’s multi award-winning shows, including Count Arthur Strong, Chewing Gum, Birds of A Feather, The IT Crowd, Henry IX, and The Rebel. Prior to joining talkbackThames from BBC Comedy Commissioning in 2011 as Head of Scripted Comedy, Jon produced, commissioned, directed and occasionally wrote hundreds of hours of broadcast comedy and comedy entertainment.
Claire’s varied career started out in marketing before setting up The BBC New Comedy Awards and moving to a life in TV. She’s worked across many genres from shiny-floor entertainment shows to formatted reality programmes but can always find the funny side in everything. With credits ranging from Britain’s Best Home Cook to Bratz Design Academy, The Taste to The Oscars Red Carpet Live, The Big Painting Challenge to The Biggest Loser she can turn her hand to anything.
A prestige label with an international reputation for ground-breaking, iconic drama, Euston Films was relaunched in Autumn 2014, with Kate Harwood as Managing Director and Noemi Spanos as Executive Producer. Hard Sun was Euston Films’ inaugural production, a 6-part drama series for BBC One written by Neil Cross (Luther). Euston Films has two further ambitious drama series currently in production – Dublin Murders, an 8-part series for BBC One from writer Sarah Phelps (The ABC Murders), and Baghdad Central, a 6-part series for Channel 4 from writer Stephen Butchard (The Last Kingdom).Visit the Euston Films website
Hard Sun is a six-part drama for BBC One and Hulu written by internationally acclaimed, BAFTA and Emmy-nominated Neil Cross, creator of Luther. Coming to BBC One in January and the whole series is available on BBC iPlayer.
Baghdad Central is a 6-part crime thriller for Channel 4, written by BAFTA-nominated writer Stephen Butchard (The Last Kingdom, House of Saddam) based on the novel by Elliott Colla.
Dublin Murders is an eight-part series for BBC One, written by Sarah Phelps based on the work of Dublin’s leading crime novelist, Tana French and drawn from French’s first two novels – In the Woods and The Likeness.
Managing Director, Euston Films
Kate Harwood is Managing Director of Fremantle's UK drama label Euston Films. Kate was previously Head of Drama (England) at BBC. Her early career began in in-house BBC drama production starting as script editor and then producer and executive producer. Her career includes BAFTA-winning shows such as Holding On and Charles II and she was producer and executive producer on titles such as Twenty Thousand Streets, Cranford amongst many others.
In 2014 she started up the rebooted Euston Films and their first commission, Neil Cross’s Hard Sun is currently in post production. A new commission Baghdad Central by Stephen Butchard for Channel 4 has recently been announced.
Creative Director, Euston Films
Noemi Spanos is Creative Director at Euston Films. In recent years, Noemi has worked both within the BBC and independent sector; undertaking development exec roles for BBC Drama Production, Kudos Film & Television and BBC Wales. Noemi started her career in BBC drama commissioning, before moving into production script editing on EastEnders.
Castlefield’s distinctive and dynamic development slate gravitates towards edgy and emotionally compelling contemporary drama series. We would love Castlefield to be a home for creatively brave and emotionally truthful storytellers to come and do their best work.Visit the Castlefield website
Hilary, Simon and Tracy launched Castlefield in June 2019. Hilary joined Fremantle in 2017 as Head of Drama for Euston North. Previously, Hilary established BBC Drama North where she developed and produced a wide range of impactful shows including BAFTA-winning In the Flesh, James Herbert’s The Secret of Crickley Hall and BBC One crime series From Darkness and In the Dark. She also Executive Produced South Riding, the RTS-winning Good Cop and the finale series of The Musketeers. Hilary has also worked in the commissioning department at Sky, as Producer at ITV Studios and Script Edited No Angels, Linda Green and A & E.
Simon joined Fremantle in 2017 as Head of Development at Euston North. Previously, at BBC Drama North he developed a wide range of shows including BAFTA-winning In the Flesh, James Herbert’s The Secret of Crickley Hall and BBC One crime series From Darkness and In the Dark. Simon started his career at BBC Comedy before joining ITV Studios.
Tracy joined Fremantle in 2017 as Team Assistant for Euston North. Previously, at BBC Drama North, Tracy was Department Coordinator & PA to Hilary and Simon. In her former life Tracy was a freelance Production Coordinator on numerous drama productions including Cracker, Prime Suspect, Queer As Folk, Cutting It and Life On Mars.