Silverlining secures rights to NPL Media series

Realscreen, Jillian Morgan 22 September 2020 Silverlining secures rights to NPL Media series Bristol-based specialist factual distributor Silverlining TV has secured the rights to the six-part Sky Original series Rankin’s 2020 from NPL Media. The 6 x 30-minute series, to … Continued

Golden age of docs

Golden age of docs 07-09-2020 Clive Whittingham Clive Whittingham examines what’s trending in documentaries, whether Covid-themed projects are in or out and what the big concerns are for distributors heading into 2021. Once the doyen of independent cinemas, film festivals … Continued


Silverlining Press Release, 17 July 2020 Bristol distributor celebrates a bumper second quarter of sales Specialist factual and documentary distributor, Silverlining Rights Limited has made the most of three months in lockdown by securing a host of sales to channels … Continued

Bumper Q2 sales for UK distributor Silverlining

TBI Vision, Mark Layton 17 July 2020 UK-based factual distributor Silverlining Rights has reported “bumper” Q2 sales with particular uptake for its crime programming in Asia, the Nordics and New Zealand. “We really didn’t know what to expect when the … Continued


Silverlining Press Release 2 July 2020 Bristol funding expert turned ‘Farm’ dreams into a reality for Blakeway. Specialist production finance broker, Silverlining, will see the fruits of its funding labour take to screens in July as Wild Tales from the … Continued

Sky Nature, Smithsonian, Arte prep for Farm launch

TBI Vision, Richard Middleton 29 May 2020 The UK’s Sky Nature, Smithsonian Channel in the US and Arte in France are preparing to air a four-part docuseries about life on a farm. Wild Tales From The Farm documents the struggles of … Continued


Silverlining Press Release 28 May 2020 Bristol funding expert turned ‘Farm’ dreams into a reality for Blakeway Specialist production finance broker, Silverlining, will see the fruits of its funding labour take to screens in July as Wild Tales from the … Continued

Distributors draw up ‘virtual’ strategies after MIPTV Axe

Broadcast, John Elmes, 5th March 2020 Distributors are pulling together “virtual markets” for buyers via videoconferencing in the wake of Mip TV’s cancellation. In light of last night’s confirmation that concerns over coronavirus had led organisers to scrap the annual … Continued


C21Media, Nico Franks Thursday 27th February 2020   Broadcasters from around Europe, plus one in Australia, have acquired a documentary about the female orgasm from the UK’s Silverlining. TV2 in Denmark, SVT in Sweden, DPG Media in Belgium and NRK … Continued


Silverlining Press Release Thursday 27th February 2020   Quintet of channels pick up ‘How to Have a Better Orgasm’   Boutique factual distributor, Silverlining, has signed multiple deals with channels globally to acquire an intimate new documentary ahead of its … Continued

Silverlining’s first annual pledge to charity

19th December 2019 We have been so moved by the story behind local Bristol charity Little Hero, it has inspired us to donate to a different cause each year. Little Hero are currently raising £100,000 to fight childhood brain tumours in memory … Continued


Silverlining Press Release, 8th November 2019   Secrets of the Mega Resort draws strong buyer interest ahead of UK premiere The latest in a series of successful behind-the-scenes documentaries on boutique distributor Silverlining’s programme slate has had buyers lining up … Continued


Silverlining Press Release, 29th November 2019   International buyers clued up ahead of Channel 5 premiere Specialist factual distributor, Silverlining, is fielding intense interest from acquisitions executives globally for a new documentary on mystery novel doyen, Agatha Christie. Inside the … Continued


Silverlining Press Release, 13 September 2019   Great Model Railway Challenge Season 2 premieres on Channel 5 tonight Bristol-based distributor, Silverlining, will be full steam ahead with the second season of Great Model Railway Challenge following its first broadcast on … Continued

Silverlining to Expose Prince Albert to the World

Silverlining Press Release, 23 August 2019   Access documentary premieres on Channel 4 tomorrow   After more than a year in the making, Silverlining Rights Limited is thrilled to be able to offer Prince Albert: A Victorian Hero Revealed to … Continued

Silverlining Set To Clean Up With Dirty Doccie

Silverlining Press Release, 5 August 2019   ‘The Secret World of Your Rubbish’ premieres on Channel 5 tonight   Audiences in the UK will get a fascinating insight into the lifecycle of their rubbish in a new documentary series from … Continued

C5’s Student Sex Workers heads to Europe

Jesse Whittock, Broadcast, 13 June 2019, Silverlining secures deals for Knickerbockerglory ob-doc series Channel 5 ob-doc Student Sex Workers has been picked up by a trio of European territories and Australia. Knickerbockerglory’s 2 x 60-minute series, which opened last night to … Continued

C5’s Student Sex Workers goes global

Richard Middleton, C21, 13 June 2019, Knickerbockerglory’s Student Sex Workers debuted on Channel 5 Broadcasters in the Nordics, Benelux and Australia have struck pre-sales deals for a two-part show that explores the prevalence of sex work among students. Student Sex … Continued

BBC Examines Gatwick Drone Attack

C21Media, Clive Whittingham, April 12th 2019 UK pubcaster the BBC has greenlit a one-off documentary examining the drone sightings that caused chaos at London’s Gatwick Airport earlier this year. London- and Yorkshire-based indie Attaboy TV is working on The Gatwick … Continued

World’s Busiest Train Stations, Channel 5

Broadcast, Monday 8th April 2019 Having insider knowledge of the railway industry helped keep our series on track, says Tim Pritchard Gaining behind the scenes, documentary filming access to one-stop institutions like Claridges, Libertys or a hospital is difficult but … Continued

C5 Train Show Steams Into Oz, NZ

Richard Middelton, C21 Media Monday 8th April 2019 MIPTV: Broadcasters in Australia and New Zealand have picked up a show about train stations around the world from UK-based financier and distributor Silverlining. World’s Busiest Train Stations is produced by Tim … Continued

Critical Condition, Channel Five

Broadcast, 27th February 2019 For a truly different take on this crowded genre, we focused on critical cases and drew up a long list of clichés to be avoided, says Michael Tuft TV isn’t short of top-quality hospital docs, so if you’re … Continued


22nd November, 2018 Channel 4 Factual has commissioned from Sundog Pictures (1×60 mins) Training Teachers to Kill.  This timely and shocking documentary will witness the heated debate playing out in real time where school boards in America are seriously considering … Continued

A+E believes in Twisted Faith

C21 Media 4th October 2018 John Elmes A+E Networks is to launch a special programming strand focused on cults and zealous belief systems globally across its Crime+Investigation (C+I) network. Twisted Faith will launch in November as a seven-day programming block … Continued

Silverlining links with Mustang Films

C-21 Media, Nico Franks. 8th October 2018 UK indie prodco and sales outfit Silverlining TV has signed a first-look distribution deal with a fledgling company set up by a former BBC Earth executive. Bristol-based Mustang Films has been set up … Continued

Married to a Paedophile

‘Using innovative techniques blending documentary and drama to protect the identity of those involved, this powerful film reports on the impact this has on the families of the men involved’ The Sunday Mirror The unusual format and queasy subject matter … Continued

Emporium and Spun Gold win royal US orders

Broadcast Now, Manori Ravindran 9th May 2018 Original article Emporium Productions and Spun Gold have struck commissions around this month’s royal wedding for US cable channels Lifetime and Nat Geo. WW2 Treasure Hunters indie Emporium is producing one-off doc Harry … Continued

Int’l nets examine MH370 mystery

C21 Media, Nico Franks 3rd April 2018 Original article Broadcasters in Australia, France and the UK have pre-bought a documentary about the missing Malaysian Airlines passenger jet from Silverlining TV. Nine Network in Australia, RMC Découverte in France and Channel … Continued

European nets go Long Haul with Silverlining

C21 Media, John Elmes 6th November 2017 Original article M6 in France is among the networks to have picked up Brinkworth Films’ airline documentary Secret Life of the Long-Haul Flight from UK distributor Silverlining TV. The 1×60’ series, which originally aired on … Continued

Silverlining lands Brinkworth flight doc

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 8th June 2017 UK-based distributor Silverlining Rights has picked up a one-off special about the truth behind long-haul flights. The Secret Life of the Long-Haul Flight follows Australian operator Qantas’s A380 plane as it flies from … Continued

E4 returns to Stage School

Knickerbockerglory heads back to D&B Academy Broadcast Now, Miranda Blazeby 24th May 2017 Knickerbockerglory TV’s structured reality drama series Stage School is to return to E4 for a second 30-part run. The series, which follows the lives of students and … Continued

Silverlining plays Ivanka Trump card

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 16th May 2017 UK-based Silverlining Rights has picked up a fast-turnaround doc that explores the influence of US president Donald Trump’s eldest daughter.  Ivanka Trump: America’s Real First Lady? (1 x 60′) has been produced by … Continued

Silverlining snaps up Age Gap format

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 8th May 2017 UK-based distributor Silverlining Rights has picked up a new social-experiment format that sees two groups of people from opposite ends of the age spectrum living together. Mind the Age Gap (5×60’) has been … Continued

The Accused, Channel 5

Broadcast Now, Rob McCabe 6th February 2017 I was sold on The Accused within five minutes of meeting Malcolm Brinkworth, executive producer at Brinkworth Films. His idea was ambitious and compelling: a documentary that, for the first time, took the … Continued

Silverlining catches E4’s Polterguest

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 3rd November 2016 UK-based Silverlining Rights has picked up distribution of a hidden-camera gameshow format that debuted on E4 in the UK yesterday. Polterguest (1×60′) is from UK prodco Knickerbockerglory and uses remote cameras to film a … Continued

Stage School – Radio Times Review

Radio Times, Sarah Carson 6th September 2016 “I saw Stage School, and realised what TOWIE, Made in Chelsea, and all the others had been missing all these years: musical numbers. Because when TOWIE-meets-Glee-meets-Fame-meets-High School Musical-meets a can of L’Oreal Casting … Continued

Silverlining drives Sky’s Taxi

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 1st July 2016 Silverlining Rights has picked up a Sky1 show featuring former Pineapple Dance Studios star Louie Spence for distribution. Louie Spence: Taxi Driver (1×60’) debuts tomorrow and sees Spence launch himself onto an unsuspecting … Continued

E4 greenlights stage school reality series

Broadcast 30th June 2016 E4 has ordered a long-running structured reality series described as “the real life Glee”. Based at the prestigious D&B Academy of Performing Arts in Kent, the 30 x 30-minute series is produced by GPs Behind Closed … Continued

Silverlining gets Therapy

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 28th June 2016 UK-based Silverlining Rights has picked up distribution rights to a show about celebrities in therapy which is set to air on Channel 5 in the UK. Celebrities In Therapy (5×60’) is from UK … Continued

Silverlining’s Scotsman steams overseas

C21 Media, Andrew Dickens 22nd April 2016 Broadcasters in Australia and Ireland have pre-bought ITV special Flying Scotsman with Robson Green from UK distributor Silverlining Rights. The Available Light-produced programme has been picked up by SBS in Australia and UTV … Continued

Silverlining plumps for Trump doc

C21 Media 30th March 2016 UK distributor Silverlining Rights has picked up a doc set to air on Channel 4 (C4) in the UK that explores whether Donald Trump could become US president. President Trump: Can He Really Win? is … Continued

Silverlining swims UK waters

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 24th March 2016 UK distributor Silverlining Rights has acquired sales rights to a forthcoming two-parter about whales and sharks living in UK waters. The two episodes, titled Britain’s Whales and Britain’s Sharks respectively, have been produced … Continued

Silverlining comes up trumps with Donald Doc

C21 Media 9th February 2016 UK distributor Silverlining Rights has picked up the rights to ITNP’s latest topical doc The Mad World Of Donald Trump, which premiered on C4 on Tuesday 26 January at 9pm, attracting an audience of 1.75 … Continued

Silverlining Crowns Bloody Queens

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 1st February 2016 UK distributor Silverlining Rights has picked up rights to a BBC docu-drama that has already been sold to Foxtel in Australia. Bloody Queens: Elizabeth and Mary has been produced by Pioneer Productions and … Continued

Silverlining takes Testimony’s Nazi doc

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 20th January 2016 UK-based distributor Silverlining Rights has added a one-off doc about survivors of the Auschwitz concentration camp to its sales slate. The Girl Who Forgave The Nazis (1×60′) was produced by Testimony Films for … Continued

Silverlining Downs C5 Alcohol Doc

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 13th January 2016 UK-based distributor Silverlining Rights has expanded its sales slate after picking up a one-off doc produced for Channel 5 (Channel 5) that explores alcoholism. My Name is… and I’m an Alcoholic is produced … Continued

Silverlining to shop doctors doc

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 14th October, 2015 Silverlining Rights has picked up international distribution rights to a show from UK prodco Knickerbockerglory about doctors. GPs: Behind Closed Doors (40×60’) will start airing on Channel 5 in the UK this evening … Continued

Pioneer reconstructs royal doc for BBC2

Broadcast, Matthew Campbell 24th September 2015 Pioneer Productions will explore the explosive relationship between Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots in a one-off docu-drama for BBC2. The 60-minute Bloody Queens: Elizabeth and Mary will use dramatic reconstruction to bring … Continued

Pioneer Unmasks Rival Queens for BBC

C21 Media, Clive Whittingham,24th September 2015 BBC2 in the UK has commissioned a one-off factual drama about the lives of Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots. Tinopolis-owned UK prodco Pioneer Productions is working on Bloody Queens: Elizabeth and … Continued

Blink’s Biggest Beasts Go Global

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 27th August 2015 National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) has linked up with Channel 5 (C5) in the UK and Smithsonian Channel on a two-hour special exploring some of the largest creatures ever to have lived on … Continued

Ben Fogle to front ITV ‘whale-fall’ experiment

Broadcast, Matthew Campelli 21st August 2015 Ben Fogle will front an ambitious ‘whale-fall’ experiment for ITV which will lure large sea creatures – including sharks – to the carcass of a whale. The natural history series, produced by Sussex-based indie … Continued

ABC Oz, Euro Nets Find Lost Hero

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 18th August 2015 ABC in Australia and networks across Europe have picked up a documentary about a little-known hero of the 9/11 attacks in the US. 9/11: The Lost Hero has been produced by UK-based Testimony … Continued

Destination America finds the “Lost Hero”

Realscreen, Daniele Alcinii 14th August, 2015 The Testimony Films-produced doc reveals a firsthand account from Jason Thomas (pictured), a former Marine Corps sergeant, on the events surrounding his rescue of two New York City police officers – Will Jimeno and … Continued

Smithsonian’s Quake hits UK

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 13th August, 2015 A UK broadcaster has picked up Smithsonian Channel’s one-hour doc about the earthquake in Nepal that killed more than 8,000 people in April. Channel 4 has acquired rights to Nepal Quake: Terror on … Continued

Smithsonian visits Emporium for Nepal doc

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 2nd June, 2015 Smithsonian Channel in the US has ordered a one-off documentary about the earthquakes that struck Nepal in April from a fledgling UK production outfit. Nepal Quake: Terror on Everest (1×60′) tells the story … Continued

C4 orders fast-turnaround Germanwings film

Broadcast Now – Matthew Campelli 30 March 2015 Channel 4 has ordered a fast-turnaround documentary about the safety of flying following last week’s Germanwings air disaster. ITN Productions’ How Safe Are Our Planes? is an hour-long film which will investigate … Continued

‘Shark Girl’ wins top film at Blue Ocean Film Festival

The Daily Fray, JOHN HOWELL, 9th November 2014 Madison Stewart wanted to get one thing straight before production began on “Shark Girl,” a film that depicts global misunderstanding and a man-made attack against sharks. “I made them put it in the contract … Continued

Animal Planet goes ape in Borneo

C21Media, Richard Middleton 22nd October, 2014 Discovery Networks Western Europe has ordered an eight-part factual show for its Animal Planet channel in the UK from indie Blink Films. Meet the Orangutans (8×30) reveals the comical and sometimes tragic stories of … Continued

C4 orders fast-turnaround on flight MH17 tragedy

BroadcastNow 18 July 2014 Channel 4 has commissioned a fast-turnaround Dispatches investigating the tragedy of the Malaysia-bound flight shot down in Ukraine. Murder In The Sky – Flight MH17 will TX on Monday night (21 July) in the broadcaster’s 8pm … Continued

Shark girl

Smithsonian Newsdesk 7th May 2014 Madison Stewart is an inspiring young woman with a passion to protect the creatures most people fear: sharks. Known to many simply as “shark girl,” she’s been diving with sharks since the age of 12. … Continued

Smithsonian, Discovery en Español order Flight 370 docs

Realscreen, Kevin Ritchie 3rd April, 2014 U.S. cable networks Smithsonian Channel and Discovery en Español are to air one-off specials about the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 mystery. Smithsonian Channel will air Malaysia 370: The Plane That Vanished on April 6 … Continued

Discovery, Smithsonian probe Flight 370

C21Media, Nico Franks 3rd April, 2014 Discovery Networks International (DNI) and Smithsonian Channel in the US have both commissioned one-hour investigations into the disappearance of Flight 370. DNI has ordered Flight 370: The Missing Links, which attempts to gather the … Continued

Discovery, PBS partner on doc

C21Media, Clive Whittingham 22nd January, 2014 Discovery Networks International (DNI), Discovery Canada and PBS have commissioned a four-part series on the relationships forged between humans and animals. My Wild Affair (4×60’) is being produced by Blink Films and Newroad Media … Continued

C5 orders Ohio Slave Girls doc

C21 Media 16 May 2013 Channel 5 (C5) in the UK has ordered a fast-turnaround doc about the three women imprisoned in a cellar in suburban Cleveland, which is being coproduced with Investigation Discovery (ID) in the US. Ohio Slave … Continued

ID & C5 to co-produce Cleveland kidnappings doc

Realscreen 16 May 2013  U.S. net Investigation Discovery (ID) and British broadcaster Channel 5 (C5) are co-producing a quick turnaround doc on the Cleveland kidnappings, made by ITN Productions and set to air in the UK next Wednesday (May 22). … Continued

Shark Girl swims to US

C21Media, Nico Franks 26th February, 2013 A US broadcaster has picked up natural history special Shark Girl from its Australian distributor. Smithsonian Channel has acquired the 57-minute film, which tells the story of Madi Stewart, who left school at 14 … Continued

PBS profiles Hawking, Holmes

C21Media, Nico Franks 15th January 2013 PBS has ordered an “intimate portrait” of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking as well as a documentary on Sherlock Holmes. A Brief History of Mine (working title) doc features exclusive access to Hawking’s life story, … Continued