Happy times indeed at Landmark Films with two recent projects proving highly succesful and two really interesting and engaging productions currently underway.
We are nearing the end of editing a new six part police series for ITV1. We're enormously excited about it: it has been a real treat to make with lovely central characters and unusual access. It should start transmitting on ITV1 in July.
We're also just starting work on a new 10.35 BBC1 single documentary - following on from the success of some our recent productions for that slot - Hedge Wars and Litter Wars.
We're still hearing lovely things said about a wonderful series of one hour films called Brain Doctors which went out on BBC2 in February. The series shows the astonishing work of the brain surgery team at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital. The films show some remarkable brain surgery but it is the truly humbling courage and stoicism of patients - often facing nightmare dilemmas - which impresses most.
The series was received extraordinarily well. The Mail on Sunday says: "Far more involving than any medical drama you've ever seen - you'll hardly be able to blink for fear of missing a moment," which is certainly going it a bit. The Daily Mail calls the series "fascinating and moving" and the Sun says "prepare to be mesmerised." The Daily Telegraph wrote "another rollercoaster episode in this short but superb series." The Sunday Times calls the series "life affirming."
There has also been an amazing tidal wave of positive comment on social media which you can see on Twitter under #braindoctors or storify.com/nicholasodwyer/brain-doctors-final-episode which shows some of the comments about the last part of the series.
The BBC have posted up a lovely scene which wasn't included in the series at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p014jy3z. Have a look - it is one of those truly wonderful moments.
This is the second series of hospital films we have made here in Oxford: our earlier series, about the work of the Craniofacial Surgery Department at the JR, was highly praised, with The Sunday Times calling it "this dazzling series" and The Times describing the series as "astonishing." The Guardian praised it as "compulsive viewing"; the Glasgow Herald called it "heart-rending but uplifting".
Our affectionate BBC1 film about litter vigilantes transmitted in February under the title of Litter Wars. This one was very much in the style of our Hedge Wars film for BBC1 last year - lively and likeable characters and about a Great British issue which people can get mighty heated about - litter dumping and dog fouling. The new production is along the same lines.
All three projects are exactly the sort of people-based, inspiring projects which we love making.
Excellent reviews, too, for The Guest Wing, Landmark's recent six-part, glossy series for Sky Atlantic about stately homes and their sometimes eccentric - and often hard-up - owners. The series repeats often on Sky Atlantic: do keep an eye out for it. The Sunday Times wrote: "This fantastically enjoyable documentary has unearthed some fabulously telegenic characters.... a hilarious series." The Daily Telegraph called the first film: "An exquisite treat: I'm already looking forward to the next episode." We're really proud of it: it was a joy to make - great people, truly beautiful photography in stunning locations and the whole thing warmed with a generous spirit.
We're always on the lookout for new director and AP talent so, if you're new and bright and you have a belting docco idea that's sharply focused - about specific people, places and events - feels funny and fresh then get in touch.
We're especially keen to meet people who live in or around Oxford or who are thinking of moving to this part of the world.
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