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, two series (from 2013) for ITV - total 16 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.[5] Third series commissioned for 2016.[6]
  • Death In Paradise : four series (from 2011) for BBC One and France Televisions - total 32 episodes with a fifth series commissioned for 2016.
  • Humans: An adaptation of the Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans. Set in a parallel present day where technology has enabled robots to become so human it is nearly impossible to tell them apart from people. A co-production with original makers Matador Films and AMC.[7] Created by two of the writers and producers of the Swedish Wallander series.
  • The Tunnel one series (from 2013) for Sky Atlantic and Canal+ - total 10 episodes [8] remake of the Swedish/Danish crime thriller The Bridge with a second series to air in 2016 [9]
  • 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. ^ "BBC1 Greelights Peter Bowker’s adaption of Capital". Kudos. 2014-08-27. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  3. ^ "BBC One announces brand-new drama series River, by Emmy award-winning writer Abi Morgan". BBC. 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  4. ^ "Atlantic heads into the mountains". C21Media. 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  5. ^ "Tennant joins ITV drama". C21Media. 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  6. ^ "ITV commissions a third series of Broadchurch". ITV Press Centre. 23 February 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Neilan, Catherine (2011-11-21). "Kudos to adapt Swedish drama Real Humans". Broadcast. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  8. ^ Frost, Vicky (2013-01-10). "The Bridge becomes the Tunnel in Anglo-French crime thriller remake". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  9. ^ Plunkett, John (2015-02-16). "'Sky Atlantic's The Tunnel to Return for Second Series". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  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.