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Shed Productions
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryTV Production
Founded1998
Defunct2015
HeadquartersLondon (UK)
Key people
Eileen Gallagher
Brian Park
Maureen Chadwick
Ann McManus
Liz Lake
Ros Taylor
Lee Mason
Spencer Campbell
Products
ParentWarner Bros. Television Productions UK
(Warner Bros. Discovery)
Websitewww.shedproductions.com

Shed Productions, part of Warner Bros. Television Productions UK, was an independent UK television production company, specialising in contemporary, original drama programming and content. It was established in 1998 by Eileen Gallagher, Brian Park, Ann McManus and Maureen Chadwick, who previously worked together at Granada Television. As of October 2015 it no longer exists as a company with all properties folded into Wall to Wall.[1]

Company history

Shed's first major production, the hit drama Bad Girls was commissioned by ITV in the summer of 1998 and proved to be a huge success with viewers, becoming one of the UK's most consistently successful dramas during its eight series run.

In 2000, following the success of Bad Girls, Shed won a major new commission for primetime ITV, Footballers' Wives. During the five series it was on air, Footballers' Wives became probably the most talked-about UK drama of recent times and spawned the popular ITV2 spin-off Footballers' Wives Extra Time, and factual entertainment series Footballers' Wives TV which aired on ITV2 in 2005.

2005 also saw Shed's first foray into the realms of children's television when seven-part drama The Fugitives was commissioned by CITV. Starring Maureen Lipman, Jack Ellis and Melanie Hill, the show centred on two runaway teenagers and tackled head-on the serious subject of human cloning.

In 2006, Shed received its first commission from BBC One, Waterloo Road, a drama series about a failing comprehensive school in Rochdale. After proving to be a huge hit with viewers, especially the valuable 16- to 24-year-old audience, Waterloo Road was immediately re-commissioned by the BBC for a second series. Remaining consistently popular with the viewers, seven series of Waterloo Road have so far been aired (as of 2012). In November 2011, it was announced by the BBC and Shed Media that production on the show would be relocating from Rochdale to a new location in Greenock, Scotland as part of the BBC's aim to produce more programming in the country. A further 50 episodes were commissioned for broadcast between 2012 and 2014, with the first to begin airing from September 2012. Filming on the eighth series began in April 2012 at the shows new location, the former Greenock Academy, and began airing from August 2012. Production on a ninth series began on 1 April 2013. It was announced on 2 April 2014 that series 10 will be the final series of the show.[2] On 23 September 2021, it was announced that Waterloo Road would return with a new series.[3][4]

One-off drama Catwalk Dogs – written by Men Behaving Badly creator Simon Nye and starring Kris Marshall and Georgia MacKenzie – aired on ITV1 in 2007 and introduced viewers to the world of dog shows. This was followed in 2008 by Rock Rivals, another ITV commission that starred Michelle Collins and Sean Gallagher as Karina and Mal Faith – the bickering judges on a phenomenally successful TV talent show.

In 2008, BBC One commissioned Hope Springs, a new eight-part drama from Shed Productions through BBC Scotland. The show, which will star Annette Crosbie and Alex Kingston,[5] is about four female ex-cons who find themselves in hiding in a remote Scottish village called Hope Springs after their plans to start a new life in Barbados go awry. Filming has begun in summer 2008 in the Lowland village of Wanlockhead. The series began airing on BBC One on Sunday 7 June 2009.

Following on from Hope Springs will be Dirty Something, a drama series set around the lives and loves of Notting Hill Tories.[6][7]

Productions

Television productions

Programme Series Episodes Duration Network
Bad Girls 8 107 1999–2006 ITV1
Footballers' Wives 5 42 2002–2006 ITV1
The Fugitives 1 7 2005 CITV
Footballers' Wives TV 1 8 2005 ITV2
Footballers' Wives: Extra Time 2 32 2005–2006 ITV2
Bombshell 1 7 2006 TV One
Waterloo Road 10 200 2006–2015
Rock Rivals 1 8 2008 ITV1
Hope Springs 1 8 2009 BBC One
1.^ Bombshell has never been broadcast in the UK. It was produced in 2004 and initially intended to air on ITV1 in February 2005; however, it never did. The series first premiered in New Zealand on TV One in 2006.

Other productions

US remakes

Football Wives

After Footballers' Wives proved such a hit with US viewers when it was broadcast on BBC America, US network ABC commissioned a pilot for an American version of the show, named Football Wives. Although based on the UK original and using similar plots, the pilot featured American football rather than association football, and a completely new cast, including Lucy Lawless, Gabrielle Union, Eddie Cibrian, Kiele Sanchez, and James Van Der Beek.

The pilot was not picked up due to budget reasons, however a number of websites have speculated that Football Wives was shelved due to potential conflicts with the National Football League.[8]

Bad Girls - The Musical

Bad Girls - The Musical is an original British musical that was developed by the creators of the television series, Maureen Chadwick and Ann McManus, in collaboration with composer and lyricist Kath Gotts, and director Maggie Norris.

Bad Girls – The Musical takes as its starting point the original core characters from the first series of Bad Girls on TV, and loosely follows the storyline of the first series, most notably, the suicide of Rachel Hicks and the relationship between Wing Governor Helen Stewart and inmate Nikki Wade.

Following a successful workshop production in November 2004 at the New Players Theatre, London, the musical went on to premiere at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds in 2006. The subsequent West End production began previews at the Garrick Theatre in August 2007 and officially opened in September 2007. Despite positive reviews, the musical closed less than two months later due to poor ticket sales, with the final performance staged on 17 November 2007.

Reception

Viewing figures

Title Series Episodes First aired Last aired Ratings peak
(millions)[9]
Ave. viewers
(millions)[9]
Rank
Bad Girls 1 10 1 June 1999 3 August 1999 7.99 (S1E1) 7.29 #15
2 13 4 April 2000 4 July 2000 9.49 (S2E9) 8.75 #10
3 16 20 March 2001 3 July 2001 9.42 (S3E1) 8.63 #11
4 16 28 February 2002 13 June 2002 7.56 (S4E1) 7.05 #14
5 16 8 May 2003 21 August 2003 8.36 (S5E1) 6.88 #13
6 12 14 April 2004 23 August 2004 8.25 (S6E2) 7.21 #12
7 13 10 May 2005 19 December 2005 7.16 (S7E13) 5.60 #15
8 11 13 July 2006 20 December 2006 5.40 (S8E1) 4.72 #16
Footballers' Wives 1 8 8 January 2002 26 February 2002 6.49 (S1E1) 5.79 #24
2 8 8 January 2003 26 February 2003 7.44 (S2E5) 6.84 #19
3 9 11 February 2004 7 April 2004 7.37 (S3E9) 6.68 #19
4 9 31 March 2005 26 May 2005 6.85 (S4E1) 6.30 #17
5 8 23 February 2006 14 April 2006 4.98 (S5E6) 4.63 #24
Waterloo Road 1 8 9 March 2006 27 April 2006 5.03 (S1E1) 4.60 #23
2 12 18 January 2007 26 April 2007 5.09 (S2E10) 4.30 N/A
3 20 11 October 2007 13 March 2008 5.47 (S3E20) 5.00 #19
4 20 7 January 2009 20 May 2009 4.95 (S4E12) 4.70 N/A
5 20 28 October 2009 15 July 2010 5.97 (S5E2) 4.80 N/A
6 20 1 September 2010 6 April 2011 5.67 (S6E17) 4.90 #15
7 30 4 May 2011 25 April 2012 6.20 (S7E6) 5.10 #14
8 30 23 August 2012 4 July 2013 4.75 (S8E20) 4.40 N/A
9 20 5 September 2013 12 March 2014 N/A 4.10 N/A
10 20 15 October 2014 9 March 2015 N/A 3.60 N/A
Rock Rivals 1 8 5 March 2008 23 April 2008 4.12 (S1E1) N/A N/A
Hope Springs 1 8 7 June 2009 26 July 2009 6.25 (S1E1) 3.78 N/A

Awards and nominations

Bad Girls
Year Association Category Recipient(s) Result
2000 National Television Awards Most Popular Actress Debra Stephenson Nominated
Most Popular Drama Bad Girls Won
TV Quick Awards Best Loved Drama Bad Girls Won
2001 EMMA Awards TV Actress Alicya Eyo Nominated
National Television Awards Most Popular Actress Debra Stephenson Nominated
Most Popular Drama Bad Girls Won
TV Quick Awards Best Actress Debra Stephenson Won
Best Loved Drama Bad Girls Won
2002 National Television Awards Most Popular Drama Bad Girls Nominated
TV Quick Awards Best Actress Claire King Won
Best Loved Drama Bad Girls Won
2003
Inside Soap Awards Best Drama Bad Girls Won
National Television Awards Most Popular Drama Bad Girls Nominated
TV Quick Awards Best Actress Claire King Won
Best Loved Drama Bad Girls Won
2004 National Television Awards Most Popular Drama Bad Girls Nominated
TV Quick Awards Best Actor Jack Ellis Won
2005 Inside Soap Awards Best Drama Bad Girls Won
National Television Awards Most Popular Drama Bad Girls Nominated
2006 National Television Awards Most Popular Drama Bad Girls Nominated
Wins: 12 • Nominations: 20
Footballers' Wives
Year Association Category Recipient(s) Result
2004 National Television Awards Most Popular Actress Zöe Lucker Nominated
Most Popular Drama Footballers' Wives Nominated
TV Quick Awards Most Popular Actress Zöe Lucker Won
2005 Most Popular Actress Zöe Lucker Nominated
Best Loved Drama Footballers' Wives Won
Wins: 2 • Nominations: 5
Waterloo Road
Year Association Category Recipient(s) Result
2006 TV Quick and TV Choice Awards Best New Drama[10][11][12] Maureen Chadwick Won
2007 TV Quick and TV Choice Awards Best Actress[13][14] Jill Halfpenny Won
Best Loved Drama[15] Waterloo Road Nominated
2008 Digital Spy Soap Awards Best Serial Drama[16] Waterloo Road Nominated
TV Quick and TV Choice Awards Best Loved Drama[17] Waterloo Road Nominated
Best Actress[18][better source needed] Denise Welch Nominated
2009 TV Quick and TV Choice Awards Best Family Drama[19][20][21] Waterloo Road Won
Best Actress[22][19][20] Denise Welch Won
Best Actor[23] Neil Morrissey Nominated
2010 Inside Soap Awards Best Drama[24] Waterloo Road Won
Royal Television Society North West Awards Best Script Writer[25] Ann McManus Won
TV Quick and TV Choice Awards Best Actress[26] Denise Welch Won
Best Family Drama[27] Waterloo Road Nominated
2011 16th National Television Awards Most Popular Drama[28][29] Waterloo Road Won
Inside Soap Awards Best Drama[30] Waterloo Road Won
TV Quick and TV Choice Awards Best Family Drama[31] Waterloo Road Nominated
Best Actress[31] Amanda Burton Nominated
British Academy Television Awards Continuing Drama[32][33] Waterloo Road Nominated
Broadcast Awards Best Soap or Continuing Drama[34] Waterloo Road Nominated
2012 Inside Soap Awards Best Drama[35] Waterloo Road Won
TV Quick and TV Choice Awards Best Family Drama[36] Waterloo Road Nominated
Best Actress[36] Jaye Jacobs Nominated
17th National Television Awards Most Popular Female Drama Performance[37] Jaye Jacobs Nominated
Most Popular Drama Series[37] Waterloo Road Nominated
2013 Inside Soap Awards Best Drama[38] Waterloo Road Won
TV Quick and TV Choice Awards Best Drama Series[39] Waterloo Road Nominated
2014 Inside Soap Awards Best Drama[40] Waterloo Road Won
TV Quick and TV Choice Awards Best Drama Series[41] Waterloo Road Nominated
Best Actress[41] Laurie Brett Nominated
British Academy Scotland Awards Best Actress - Television[42][33] Laurie Brett Nominated
2015 Inside Soap Awards Best Drama[43] Waterloo Road Nominated
Wins: 12 • Nominations: 31

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