True North Productions

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True North Productions
Industry Television production
Founded 2002 (2002), Leeds, United Kingdom
Founder Jess Fowle
Glyn Middleton
Andrew Sheldon
Headquarters Leeds, United Kingdom
Number of locations
Leeds UK, Reyjavik Iceland,[1] Milwaukee Wisconsin,[2] Davie Florida [3]
Key people
Jess Fowle
Glyn Middleton
Andrew Sheldon
Carol McKenzie
Fiona O'Sullivan
Julie Heselgrave
Andrew Lurcuck
Nigel Augustine

True North Productions is an independent British television production company based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom.[4] The company creates factual programmes and series in a wide variety of genres, including observational documentary, crime, current affairs, history, wildlife, food, property, and children's for broadcast by television networks in the UK, US and China.

Its programmes have been sold via distributors to broadcasters throughout the world and as a result have been screened in numerous countries, including but not limited to the United States, Australia, Russia, and Africa.[5][6][7]

The company was established in 2002 by Jess Fowle, Glyn Middleton and Andrew Sheldon, three producers and directors who had previously worked for Yorkshire Television's documentaries department. They chose the company name as a way of highlighting its northern roots.[8]

In June 2011, True North won three prizes at the Royal Television Society Yorkshire Awards, for Best Terrestrial Programme (Stealing Shakespeare[9]), Best Non-Terrestrial Programme (Britain’s Underworld[10]) and for Independent Production Company of the Year – the latter for the third year in a row.[11]


Current productions[edit]

  • The Valleys: Series 3 for MTV in pre-production;
  • Junior Vets: Series 2 for CBBC - ten half-hour episodes in editing;
  • Animal Frontline: Series 2 for BBC One - ten half-hour episodes in pre-production;
  • Designed In China - three hour-long episodes for CCTV-9 China and France O in production;
  • My Derelict Dream Home: Series 2 for UKTV Home - fifteen hour-long episodes in production;
  • Building The Dream Series Two - in production for More4.


NOTE: Source for this section as follows:[12]


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  7. ^ "DRG Distribution". DRG. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  8. ^ "Northern Vision". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  9. ^ "Stealing Shakespeare Programme Page". True North Productions. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  10. ^ "Britain's Underworld Programme Page". True North Productions. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  11. ^ "Royal Television Society Yorkshire Awards". Royal Television Society. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  12. ^ "True North Productions: Programmes". True North Productions. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  13. ^ 25 October 2001 (2001-10-25). "True North explores life of lottery Liar | News | Broadcast". Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  14. ^ 16 May 2002 (2002-05-16). "True north to make down's syndrome doc | News | Broadcast". Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  15. ^ "Bloody Tales Of The Tower - National Geographic Channel - UK". Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  16. ^ Brooke, Chris. "Channel 4 Dispatches funeral firm: Families horror as Co-op funeral firm 'piled naked bodies like TVs' | Mail Online". Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  17. ^ "BBC One - Panorama, Life and Debt: A Greek Tragedy". 2012-07-04. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  18. ^ "BBC One - Panorama, How Safe is Your Hospital?". 2012-12-09. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  19. ^ "Shows". Crime and Investigation. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  20. ^ "Compare Your Life". Channel 4. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  21. ^ "The Valleys | MTV UK". Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  22. ^ "BBC One - Animal Frontline". 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  23. ^ "Bloody Tales - National Geographic Channel - UK". Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  24. ^ "BBC One - My New Hand". 2013-02-26. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  25. ^ [1][dead link]

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