Company history

Company history

Reef Television is an 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 Reef’s Popular Factual Department has Rachel Platt as executive producer.

The company is constantly in production for numerous broadcasters and is currently making a major landmark drama-documentary for BBC TWO titled ‘Messiah at the Foundling Hospital’ alongside ‘French Collection’ for Channel 4. Series 9 of BBC Daytime’s ‘Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is’ is currently on air and series 10 is in production; the company had a smash hit on Channel 5 in December with ‘Britain’s Craziest Christmas Lights’. 2013 productions include ‘Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses’ for Channel 4, ‘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.