Shed Productions

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Shed Productions
Type Independent
Industry TV Production
Founded 1998
Headquarters London (UK)
Key people Eileen Gallagher
Brian Park
Maureen Chadwick
Ann McManus
Liz Lake
Ros Taylor
Lee Mason
Spencer Campbell
Products Hope Springs
Waterloo Road
Rock Rivals
Catwalk Dogs
Bad Girls
Bad Girls - The Musical
Footballers' Wives
Footballers' Wives Extra Time
Footballers' Wives TV
The Fugitives
Bombshell
Parent Warner Bros. Television Productions UK
(Time Warner)
Website www.shedproductions.com

Shed Productions, part of Warner Bros. Television Productions UK, is an independent UK television production company, specialising in contemporary, original drama programming and content. It was established in 1998 by Eileen Gallagher, Brian Park, Ann McManus and Maureen Chadwick, who previously worked together at Granada Television.

Company history[edit]

Shed’s first major production, the hit drama Bad Girls was commissioned by ITV in the summer of 1998 and proved to be a huge success with viewers, becoming one of the UK’s most consistently successful dramas during its eight series run.

In 2000, following the success of Bad Girls, Shed won a major new commission for primetime ITV, Footballers' Wives. During the five series it was on air, Footballers’ Wives became probably the most talked-about UK drama of recent times and spawned the popular ITV2 spin-off Footballers' Wives Extra Time, and factual entertainment series Footballers' Wives TV which aired on ITV2 in 2005.

2005 also saw Shed’s first foray into the realms of children’s television when seven-part drama The Fugitives was commissioned by CITV. Starring Maureen Lipman, Jack Ellis and Melanie Hill, the show centred on two runaway teenagers and tackled head-on the serious subject of human cloning.

In 2006, Shed received its first commission from BBC One, Waterloo Road, a drama series about a failing comprehensive school in Rochdale. After proving to be a huge hit with viewers, especially the valuable 16-24 year old audience, Waterloo Road was immediately re-commissioned by the BBC for a second series. Remaining consistently popular with the viewers, seven series of Waterloo Road have so far been aired (as of 2012). In November 2011, it was announced by the BBC and Shed Media that production on the show would be relocating from Rochdale to a new location in Greenock, Scotland as part of the BBC's aim to produce more programming in the country. A further 50 episodes were commissioned for broadcast between 2012 and 2014, with the first to begin airing from September 2012. Filming on the eighth series began in April 2012 at the shows new location, the former Greenock Academy, and began airing from August 2012. Production on a ninth series began on 1 April 2013. It was announced on 2nd April 2014 that series 10 will be the final series of the show. [1]

One-off drama Catwalk Dogs – written by Men Behaving Badly creator Simon Nye and starring Kris Marshall and Georgia MacKenzie – aired on ITV1 in 2007 and introduced viewers to the world of dog shows. This was followed in 2008 by Rock Rivals, another ITV commission that starred Michelle Collins and Sean Gallagher as Karina and Mal Faith – the bickering judges on a phenomenally successful TV talent show.

In 2008, BBC One commissioned Hope Springs, a new eight-part drama from Shed Productions through BBC Scotland. The show, which will star Annette Crosbie and Alex Kingston,[2] is about four female ex-cons who find themselves in hiding in a remote Scottish village called Hope Springs after their plans to start a new life in Barbados go awry. Filming has begun in summer 2008 in the Lowland village of Wanlockhead. The series began airing on BBC One on Sunday 7 June 2009.

Following on from Hope Springs will be Dirty Something, a drama series set around the lives and loves of Notting Hill Tories.[3][4]

Programming[edit]

Current productions[edit]

The following is a list of programmes currently showing:

Programme Series Episodes Duration Channel
Waterloo Road 10 182 (as of 22 October 2014) 2006–2015 BBC One

Previous productions[edit]

The following is a list of former programmes produced by Shed Productions that have ended:

Programme Series Episodes Duration Channel
Hope Springs 1 8 2009 BBC One
Rock Rivals 1 8 2008 ITV1
Catwalk Dogs Film - 2007 ITV1
Bad Girls 8 107 1999–2006 ITV1
Footballers' Wives 5 42 2002–06 ITV1
Footballers' Wives Extra Time 2 32 2005–06 ITV2
Footballers Wives TV 1 8 2005 ITV2
The Fugitives 1 7 2005 CITV
Bombshell 1 7 2004 ITV1 (Unaired in the UK)
Bad Girls Most Wanted - 1 2004 ITV2
Footballers' Wives Exposed - 1 2004 ITV2

US remakes[edit]

Football Wives[edit]

After Footballers' Wives proved such a hit with US viewers when it was broadcast on BBC America, US network ABC commissioned a pilot for an American version of the show, named Football Wives. Although based on the UK original and using similar plots, the pilot featured American football rather than Association football, and a completely new cast, including Lucy Lawless, Gabrielle Union, Eddie Cibrian, Kiele Sanchez, and James Van Der Beek.

The pilot was not picked up due to budget reasons, however a number of websites have speculated that Football Wives was shelved due to potential conflicts with the National Football League.[5]

Bad Girls - The Musical[edit]

Bad Girls - The Musical is an original British musical that was developed by the creators of the television series, Maureen Chadwick and Ann McManus, in collaboration with composer and lyricist Kath Gotts, and director Maggie Norris.

Bad Girls – The Musical takes as its starting point the original core characters from the first series of Bad Girls on TV, and loosely follows the storyline of the first series, most notably, the suicide of Rachel Hicks and the relationship between Wing Governor Helen Stewart and inmate Nikki Wade.

Following a successful workshop production in November 2004 at the New Players Theatre, London, the musical went on to premiere at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds in 2006. The subsequent West End production began previews at the Garrick Theatre in August 2007 and officially opened in September 2007. Despite positive reviews, the musical closed less than two months later due to poor ticket sales, with the final performance staged on 17 November 2007.

Awards[edit]

Waterloo Road
British Academy Television Awards - Nominated Best Continuing Drama 2011
National Television Awards – Winner Best Drama 2011
Inside Soap Awards – Winner Best Drama 2010
TV Quick Awards – Winner Best Family Drama 2009
TV Quick Awards – Winner Best Actress (Denise Welch) 2009
TV Quick Awards – Nominated Best New Drama 2008
TV Quick Awards – Nominated Most Popular Actress (Denise Welch) 2008
TV Quick Awards – Winner Best New Drama 2006
TV Quick Awards – Winner Most Popular Actress (Jill Halfpenny) 2007

Bad Girls
National Television Awards – Winner Best Drama 2000, 2001
TV Quick Awards – Winner Most Popular Drama 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Inside Soap Awards – Winner Best Drama 2003, 2005

Footballers' Wives
TV Quick Awards – Winner Most Popular Drama 2005
TV Quick Awards – Winner Most Popular Actress (Zöe Lucker) 2004


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Waterloo Road ending after series 10". BBC. 2 April 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Alex Kingston & Annette Crosbie To Star in BBC One's New Scottish Drama", Official Shed Productions site.
  3. ^ "Talent by the shedload ", Scotland on Sunday.
  4. ^ Writers
  5. ^ "ABC drops US ‘Footballers’ Wives’ ", Digital Spy.

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