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WFTV Event: Red Production Company | In Conversation With Russell T Davies & Nicola Shindler with Screening

19th February 2020 18:15

Wednesday 19 February | 18:15 – 22:00

White City House | 2 Television Centre | 101 Wood Lane | London | W12 7FW


Hosted by television journalist and broadcaster Boyd Hilton, the ‘In Conversation with’ writer Russell T Davies OBE and producer Nicola Shindler OBE will look back over their partnership, which has produced some of the most ground-breaking and enthralling programmes to date.

Celebrating their 21st anniversary, the multiple BAFTA-award winners will discuss the work they have created through Shindler’s RED Production Company, which includes the seminal drama Queer As Folk, Casanova, Bob & Rose, trilogy Cucumber, Banana, Tofu and the most recent critically acclaimed drama, Years and Years.

Also joining is special guest, actor Ruth Madeley, who’ll discuss working with Davies and Shindler on the BBC One drama Years and Years, which will be screened ahead of the Q&A.

Join us to hear from one of TV’s most prolific partnerships, it’s an evening not to be missed.

Host, Boyd Hilton, Journalist, Author, Critic and Broadcaster. He is the Entertainment Director of Heat magazine, where he has worked since its launch in 1999, and Deputy Editor of Pilot TV magazine.  He has been a weekly contributor to BBC Radio 5 Live, reviewing television, books and films for over a decade. He is also a regular TV critic on Radio 4’s Front Row, has written for The Guardian and Observer, hosts the weekly Arsenal Podcast and the Pilot TV podcast. He also frequently hosts events for Bafta, the RTS and the BFI, among many others.

Russell T Davies, Writer and Executive Producer, he was awarded the 2006 Dennis Potter Award at BAFTA for his writing services to television and an OBE in the Queen’s 2008 Birthday Honours list for services to drama. He started writing whilst working in the Manchester department of Children’s BBC and has gone on to create several award-winning series including Bob & Rose, The Second Coming, the revival of the classic British science fiction series Doctor Who, and the trilogy Cucumber, Banana and Tofu for which he won the BAFTA for Best Drama Writer. In 2016 Russell was awarded the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award for his Outstanding Contribution to Writing and the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Edinburgh TV Festival in 2017. Russell is a long-term collaborator with RED Production Company and Nicola Shindler, working together on ten dramas over 21 years.

Nicola Shindler, Producer at RED Production Company, which she set up in 1998 to work with the best writers on original television drama.

The Manchester-based indie has since produced some of the UK’s most popular and award-winning series, working with esteemed writers including Russell T Davies, Harlan Coben, Sally Wainwright, Matt Greenhalgh, Tony Marchant, Danny Brocklehurst and Dan Sefton.

Nicola’s inaugural drama, written by Russell T Davies, was the seminal series Queer As Folk.  Setting the bar for creating original and boundary pushing dramas, Nicola’s credits include Happy Valley, Last Tango In Halifax, Ordinary Lies, Clocking Off, Come Home, Trust Me, Cucumber, Banana, Tofu, Safe, Butterfly and Traces.  Recent shows include Russell T Davies’ critically acclaimed drama Years and Years and The Stranger.

In 2019, Nicola received the Special Award at the BAFTA Television Awards, which recognised her outstanding contribution to television. Nicola is also the CEO of StudioCanal UK overseeing their in-house film production arm to develop British films. RED Production Company is part of STUDIOCANAL’s international production network.

Ruth Madeley, Actor, is one of the UK’s rising stars, known for her roles in Don’t Take My Baby, Katy, Five by Five, The Level, Cold Feet and most recently for BBC One’s Years and Years, written by Russell T Davies.

She was nominated for Best Actress at 2016 BAFTA Awards for her role in BBC Drama Don’t Take My Baby, and was included on the 2016 BAFTA Breakthrough Brit list of the brightest future talent.

Ruth is a passionate advocate for actors with disabilities. She has fronted a documentary, Spina Bifida & Me for BBC Two, in which she explores why she suffers from the condition and examines common British attitudes about how we see disability.  Forthcoming projects include The Light for Channel 4 and Hulu, Save Me Too for Sky Atlantic and The Watch for BBC America.

Event Schedule

18:15 – 19:00: Cocktails & Canapes Reception

19:00 – 20:00: Years and Years episode screening

20:00 – 21:00: Panel discussion with Q&A

21:00 – 22:00: Post Q&A drinks reception


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