We are pleased to announce that Loving Miss Hatto, written by Victoria Wood for BBC1, has been nominated for a Broadcasting Press Guild award for Best Single Drama.

BBC drama is assured two BPG awards, with a clean sweep of nominations in the single and series/serial categories. The full list of nominations for Best Single Drama include:

Best Possible Taste: the Kenny Everett Story (BBC4)
The Hollow Crown: Richard II (BBC2)
Loving Miss Hatto (BBC1)
Murder (BBC1)

The BPG awards, which are voted for by journalists who write about TV and radio, will take place at One Whitehall Place in central London on 14 March.


E4 sketch show Cardinal Burns won two categories at the Broadcast Awards 2013 last week.

The Left Bank comedy, which debuted in 2012, fought off more established shows to be named Best Comedy and Best Multichannel Programme, following a win for Best Sketch Show at the British Comedy Awards last month.

The judges hailed it for reinvigorating the sketch show format.

Best Multichannel Programme
WINNER: Cardinal Burns (E4)
Celebrity Juice (ITV2)
Dynamo: Magician Impossible (Watch)
Him And Her (BBC Three)
Hunderby (Sky Atlantic)
Threesome (Comedy Central)

Best Comedy Programme
WINNER: Cardinal Burns (E4)
Fresh Meat (Channel 4)
Hunderby (Sky Atlantic)
Mrs Brown’s Boys (BBC One)
Rev (BBC Two)
Twenty Twelve (BBC Two)

Loving Miss Hatto, a single drama by Victoria Wood, received good ratings and strong reviews following its BBC1 airing at Christmas:

“Loved Loving Miss Hatto… This drama is better [than the Channel 4 documentary]. Because Victoria Wood, who wrote it, clearly sees it not just as a fraud. A devoted man gives his dying wife the success he feels she always deserved but never had… that’s also a grand act of love.” Sam Wollaston, The Guardian. Read Full Review

“The script had sly flashes of Wood’s wit….Rory Kinnear and Maimie McCoy were sweetly excellent as the young lovers….Molina was magnificent, doing most of his acting with his eyes, which went from twinkly to calculating to softly sad within a single scene….He poured two drinks, stopped, then slowly decanted one back into the bottle. Never can orange squash have been used so poignantly. It was a quietly compelling, moving drama. Bravo, ducky.” Michael Hogan, The Daily Telegraph Read Full Review

“Victoria Wood’s drama Loving Miss Hatto cast a new and gently moving light on a bizarre story….this marvellous drama touched on the connection between “genius” and Read more →

Well done to Cardinal Burns for winning Best Sketch Show at the British Comedy Awards 2012 recently.The breakthrough comedy duo were nominated for 3 awards in total, including Best New Comedy Programme and Best Breakthrough Artist.

WATCH Cardinal Burns at The British Comedy Awards 2012



The Emmy nominated hit action series STRIKE BACK will return to Sky1 HD in 2013 for a fourth series of ten brand new episodes, shot on location in South Africa and Hungary.

The fourth series will once again be a co-production between Sky and CINEMAX/HBO and will be produced by Left Bank Pictures. The series was commissioned and will be Executive Produced by Sky’s Huw Kennair-Jones, Commissioning Editor, Drama. Left Bank’s Andy Harries will return as Executive Producer along with Series Producer Michael Casey and Head of Production Marigo Kehoe.

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The Lady, directed by Luc Besson and produced by Andy Harries has been listed in Variety Magazine’s European Overview of Toronto Film Festival:

The Lady (France / UK)
“Gallic helmer and EuropaCorp majordomo Luc Besson ventures into new territory withn his latest feature. Titled ‘The Lady’, the French-Anglo co-prod is a study of long-imprisoned Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, played by Malaysian-born H.L star Michelle Yeoh (best known to Western auds for her martial arts prowess).
Based on interviews conducted over more than 18 months by scribe Rebecca Frayn after she and her husband, producer Andy Harries, first visited Burma (now known as Myanmar) in the early 1990s, a dragt of the script found its way to the star, who immediately adopted it as a personal project, enlisting EuropaCorp to finance and Besson to direct.
The title comes from the nickname by which Suu Kyi is known to her country’s people, who are banned from speaking her real name aloud. Yeoh traveled to Myanmar to meet with the pro-democracy activist shortly after her Nov. 2010 release from an almost 15-year term of house arrest. In doing so, it seems, she earned her the enmity of the Burmese junta, who in June of this year deported her from the country, claiming she was now blacklisted.

Filming was divided between Oxford and Bangkok, with production duties split between EuropaCorp and Harries’ own shingle, Left Bank Pictures.”

Televisual’s annual ranking of the top 100 broadcast production companies in the UK has been released, and we are pleased to announce that Left Bank have placed 11th in this year’s rankings, up from 12th in last year’s poll.

Televisual Magazine said: “Leading drama indie Left Bank was reported to be in the process of being acquired by Sony Pictures Television as Televisual went to press. It’s easy to see why Wallander producer Left Bank is an attractive buy. Annual turnover has risen significantly from £32m to £45m, and it enjoys good business with all the key broadcasters. Left Bank is also in the business of popular long running, returning series – like Strike Back for Sky 1 and DCI Banks for ITV1.

Business, says md Marigo Kehoe, is tough but promising. With licence fees static or falling, Left Bank is having to stitch together more and more co-productions and to film abroad for tax credits. An alliance with a deep pocketed studio like Sony would help it to fund dramas much more easily.”

Article in Broadcast Magazine 28th August 2012:

ITV has ordered a three-part drama series starring Lorraine Burroughs based a best selling novel by Dorothy Koomson.

Left Bank Pictures is to adapt The Ice Cream Girls, which will become the first drama to be distributed by Sony Pictures Television since acquiring the indie in July.

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Article in Broadcast Magazine, 23rd August 2012:

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) plans to turn Left Bank Pictures into a global scripted powerhouse after sealing a £40m takeover of the Strike Back indie.

SPT has taken a majority stake in Left Bank for a double-digit multiple of the company’s £4m EBITDA forecast for 2012.

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The third series of the crime drama starring Kenneth Branagh as the Swedish detective trounced the competition in the primetime slot.

The Left Bank Pictures hit show managed to top BBC1’s slot average of 5.38m (21.84%) for the past 12 months.

The second series debuted with 5.35m (19.6%) in 2010, while the first ever episode arrested 6.2m (23.96%) in 2008.