Welcome to Transparent Television, set up in 2006 and based in London. We work with all major UK and international broadcasters to produce factual programming, documentaries, formats and features with wide global appeal.

2013 saw TTV expand into the Argonon group (Leopard Films, Leopard USA, Leopard Drama, Remedy Productions, BriteSparkfilms and Windfall Films), with a raft of new productions.

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'Bubble wrap' boy's race against time before tumours suffocate him
Our Extraordinary People film, The Bubblewrap Boy is receiving national press. Follow the link below to read an Exclusive interview in The Daily Mail and tune in tomorrow night at 9pm on Channel 5 www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4681870/Bubble-wrap-boy-s-race-against-time-tumours-kill.html
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MODERN BRITAIN: Channel 5 announces two major documentary commissions on social housing in the UK

• Housing Yorkshire (w/t) is a brand new, timely, observational documentary series following the team managing more than 18,000 social housing properties
• Estate Britain with Michael Portillo explores 50 years of council estates, and is the latest commission in the Modern Britain strand

LONDON 10 July 2017: Channel 5 today announces two topical commissions exploring social housing in the UK; a new intimate access series following the challenges and lives of people running social housing across Yorkshire, the UK’s largest geographic county, and a feature-length documentary on the history of the housing estate with Michael Portillo, as part of the Modern Britain strand.

Housing Yorkshire (w/t)
This brand new 3 x 60’ observational documentary series with exclusive access from Blast! Films, based in Brighton, follows the work of Yorkshire Housing, Yorkshire’s biggest, liveliest and most proactive housing association. With responsibility across multiple locations throughout Yorkshire, the housing association owns more than 18,000 properties and looks after thousands of tenants. As housing associations have replaced councils as the main providers of new social housing in recent decades, the teams at the sharp end now have a broad remit; not only do they build homes and collect the rent but they also act as ‘counsellors and constables’, interceding to help their residents with important aspects of their life, from helping them get a job to advising on their finances.

They take an active role to ensure that neighbourhoods thrive and this can mean close contact with residents and fractured families – and where necessary a dose of tough love over unpaid rent and other problems. For many families in Yorkshire, this is their last chance of a home – and Yorkshire Housing is there to both support them - and make sure they play by the rules. The series is executive produced by Ed Coulthard and Sarah Spencer. Commissioning Editor is Guy Davies.

Michael Portillo charts social housing in 90’ Modern Britain documentary
Channel 5 has commissioned Transparent TV to produce Estate Britain with Michael Portillo, a feature length documentary charting the history of the housing estate, which follows recent commission Slum Britain: 50 Years On and upcoming Modern Britain documentaries Black Britain: 50 Years On and Rape (w/t). With social housing once again at the forefront of fierce political debate, and against a backdrop of council house habitation falling from 42% in 1979 to less than 8% today, the former Defence Secretary and Minister of State for Local Government and Inner Cities meets the council tenants and residents who live on some of the UK’s most iconic estates. His journey sees him chart the changes in population, legislation and social attitudes that have seen a once utopian ideal become what many believe is a symbol of social injustice and urban decay. The film is executive produced by Jazz Gowans for Transparent TV. Guy Davies is the Commissioning Editor.

Guy Davies, Commissioning Editor, Factual at Channel 5, commented: “Right now, social housing is at the top of the political agenda and these timely, sensitive and insightful documentaries will paint a picture of the changing face of housing and our estates across the UK. Housing Yorkshire offers a true insight into those at the sharp end of managing modern day social housing, with first class access, heart-warming stories and compelling characters, all with a distinctly Yorkshire flavour. And twenty years after leaving government, I can’t wait to see Michael Portillo’s take on the history and debate over social housing in the UK. He’s the ideal presenter for this latest feature length commission in our Modern Britain strand.”

Michael Portillo commented on his forthcoming 90’ film: “The Grenfell tragedy has quite rightly focused attention on social housing. Public policy towards housing the nation has been through ups and downs over the years, with notable successes and deplorable failures. This seems, to me, a deeply appropriate time to discover how ideas and ideals evolved, and who benefited and suffered.”

Transparent TV’s MD & Creative Director, Jazz Gowans commented: “Michael’s passionate views about social housing, aligned with his background and insight, will help us to produce a thoughtful and thought-provoking film, offering history and context to a hugely important and topical subject.”

For further press information please contact:
Rich.turner@vimn.com
07711 021026

About Channel 5:
Since September 2014, Channel 5 has been owned by Viacom International Media Networks. It reaches 4 out of 5 UK adults each month with a broad mix of content ranging from observational documentaries to entertainment programmes, popular factual to factual entertainment, natural history to history series. Sister channels 5STAR, 5USA and Spike complement Channel 5 with a mix of original commissions, entertainment and U.S. drama. My5 is an on demand service available across multiple platforms and devices. In 2015, the Channel 5 portfolio was the only major commercial free-to-air network to grow share of all adults, and increased its share of the valuable 16-34 audience by 4%. Channel 5 launched as Britain's fifth public service channel in March 1997.

Modern Britain
Channel 5’s Modern Britain strands sees award-winning directors tackle important issues in a series of impactful feature-length documentary films at the heart of the schedule in peak time. The Abused and Rape (w/t) are the first two documentaries commissioned for the strand. The Abused is a new observational film from Brinkworth Films taking a terrifying and unprecedented look at domestic violence. With the consent of the victim, the film will use covert new technology to capture in real-time the horrifying effect of domestic violence as it happens. The Abused is produced by Brinkworth Films. Rape (w/t) is a compelling and brutally honest look at what happens in the aftermath of rape, exploring support for victims and how the perpetrators are brought to justice. It’s produced by Lambent Productions.
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We are all so excited for our newest Extraordinary People Film, The Bubblewrap Boy. Tune in on Wednesday 12th July at 9pm on Channel 5. In the meantime follow the link below to watch the promo youtu.be/-qwDVYEAjp4 ... See MoreSee Less

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