Kudos (production company)

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Kudos Film and Television
Production company
Industry film, television
Genre Children, and drama
Founded 1992
Headquarters 12–14 Amwell Street, London, United Kingdom
Key people
Executive Chairman:
* Stephen Garrett
Managing Directors:
* Simon Crawford Collins
* Daniel Isaacs
Creative Director:
* Jane Featherstone
Head of Film:
* Paul Webster
Products Broadcasting
Owner CPL Productions
Parent Shine Group
Divisions Kudos Film and Television, Kudos Pictures
Subsidiaries Kell
Website http://www.kudosproductions.co.uk/

Kudos Film and Television is a British independent film and television production company. It has produced television series for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, and its productions include Spooks (US:MI5), Hustle, Life on Mars and its spin-off Ashes to Ashes, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard and M.I. High. In 2007 it was voted Best Independent Production Company by Broadcast magazine. Formed in 1992, since 2007 it has been part of the Shine Group. In 2007 it also set up the film unit, Kudos Pictures.


The company was proimant in 1990, tested in 1991 and formed in 1992. It came to international attention with the BAFTA Award winning spy drama Spooks, which debuted on BBC One on 13 May 2002.

In late 2006, the company was sold to Shine Limited for around £35m.[1] Shine also bought Princess Productions and Firefly Production to create the Shine Group, although all four divisions retained their individual identity.

With three British films already in production, and ten in development, in June 2007 the company announced plans to set up a film unit, with Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) expected to be its first release.[1] It planned to mix and match actors, writers and directors between the units, and already had Hollywood deals for film remakes of Hustle, Spooks and Tsunami: The Aftermath.[1]





  • Broadchurch, one series (from 2013) for ITV - total 8 episodes. Series that explores what happens when the residents of a coastal town become the centre of a police investigation and media frenzy when a child’s body is discovered. the series stars David Tennant and is written & created by Chris Chibnall.[4] Second series commissioned for 2014.[5]
  • Death In Paradise : three series (from 2011) for BBC One and France Televisions - total 24 episodes with a fourth series commissioned for 2015.[6]
  • The Tunnel[7] remake of the Swedish/Danish crime thriller The Bridge for Sky Atlantic and French broadcaster Canal+ [8]
  • Utopia: two series (from 2013) for Channel 4. A conspiracy thriller about a group of people forced to go on the run from a shadowy organisation after discovering the manuscript of a cult graphic novel.[9] Total 12 episodes.
  • Vicious, one series and Christmas special (from 2013) for ITV - total 7 episodes. Renewed for second series to be broadcast in 2015.



Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Broadcast Magazine Supplement, The Indies - peer poll
  • Televisual Bulldog Award - Best Indie
  • Televisual Bulldog Award - Best Indie
  • Broadcast Magazine Supplement, The Indies - peer poll
  • Broadcast Awards - Best Independent Production Company - 2007

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Gibson, Owen (18 June 2007). "British star of the small screen that wants to be a Hustler in Hollywood". London: Kudos. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Neilan, Catherine (2011-11-21). "Kudos to adapt Swedish drama Real Humans". Broadcast. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  3. ^ "Atlantic heads into the mountains". C21Media. 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  4. ^ "Tennant joins ITV drama". C21Media. 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  5. ^ "Broadchurch recommissioned for second series". ITV. 2013-04-22. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  6. ^ "Call the Midwife and Death in Paradise renewed for new series by BBC One". Digital Spy. 2014-04-13. Retrieved 2014-09-18. 
  7. ^ Frost, Vicky (2013-01-10). "The Bridge becomes the Tunnel in Anglo-French crime thriller remake". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  8. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (2012-05-10). "'The Bridge' to be remade by Sky Atlantic". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  9. ^ Kanter, Jake (2012-04-19). "Kudos to make C4 conspiracy thriller". Broadcast. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  10. ^ "BBC announces new drama commissions following BAFTA success". BBC. 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  11. ^ "BBC Two drops newsroom drama The Hour". BBC News. 12 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Hustle creator calls time on BBC show". BBC News. 6 May 2011. 
  13. ^ Love, Ryan (14 March 2011). "BBC confirms 'Outcasts' axe". Digital Spy. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  14. ^ BBC - Press Office - BBC Drama announces Occupation, a three-part drama for BBC One from Kudos Film and Television
  15. ^ 73rd Annual Peabody Awards, May 2014.