Company history

Company history

Reef Television is an award-winning independent television production company with an international reputation for making high-quality programmes.

Reef prides itself on producing innovative content for multiple broadcasters in both peak time and daytime slots and has made many hundreds of hours of factual programmes for clients including the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, ITV, Channel 5 and UKTV.

Reef creates format and develops ideas across a range of factual and entertainment programmes and also has an in-house facilities department that includes the latest camera technology and ten fully HD Avid suites.

Company history

Reef Television was set up in 2003 by Richard Farmbrough, who previously worked as a producer at the BBC and at Talkback Productions. The company’s Director of Production is Paul Hanrahan and Stuart Layzell sits on the company’s board as non-executive director. Ben Weston is Head of Specialist Factual and Chris Kelly runs our Popular Factual Department which also has Rachel Platt as executive producer.

The company is constantly in production for numerous broadcasters. Recent productions include a major landmark drama-documentary for BBC TWO titled ‘Messiah at the Foundling Hospital’ alongside ‘French Collection’ for Channel 4 and series 10 of BBC Daytime’s ‘Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is’; the company had a smash hit on Channel 5 in December 2013 with ‘Britain’s Craziest Christmas Lights’. Other successful shows include ‘Selling Houses with Amanda Lamb’ for More 4 and ‘The Story of Now’ for ITV that told the story of the global music brand that is Now That’s What I Call Music. Other credits include: ‘Britain's First Photo Album’ (BBC TWO); ‘The People’s Museum’ (BBC TWO); ‘Behind Closed Doors’ (Five); ‘Britain’s Hidden Heritage' for BBC ONE, ‘Thames Wildlife Superhighway’ (ITV).

The company’s shows have sold in multiple territories around the world. In addition to broadcaster-commissioned shows, Reef has pioneered alternative funding models, including AFP and sponsorship deals.