World Productions Limited
  • Ashloft Limited (Mar–Sep 1990)
  • Island World Productions Limited (1990–1994)
Company typeSubsidiary
FoundedMarch 20, 1990; 33 years ago (1990-03-20) in London, England
ParentITV Studios
Footnotes / references

World Productions Limited[1] is a British television production company, founded on 20 March 1990 by acclaimed producer Tony Garnett, and owned by ITV plc following a takeover in 2017.[2][3]


The company's first major series was the police drama Between the Lines (BBC1, 1992–94), and throughout the decade they went on to produce a succession of drama series. The most notable of these include This Life (BBC2, 1996–97), about a group of young law students in London; vampire-based thriller Ultraviolet (Channel 4, 1998); and a police series for the BBC, The Cops (BBC2, 1998–99), which was so controversial in its depiction of the police force that official police advice was withdrawn for the second series[citation needed].

More recently, the company has made the series No Angels (2004–2006), a drama based around the lives of young nurses, and Goldplated for Channel 4. For Channel Five, it produced the Perfect Day trilogy and Tripping Over, a co-production with Network Ten in Australia. It also co-produced a one-off This Life + 10 reunion special with BBC Wales, transmitted in early 2007.

Marcus Evans takeover

It was announced in February 2012 that the company had been taken over by Marcus Evans Entertainment owned by billionaire businessman and owner of Ipswich Town F.C., Marcus Evans. Evans's company had been looking to get involved with television and film production for a number of years beforehand, and in 2010, set up its own production operation, Marcus Evans Entertainment.[4]

Takeover by ITV plc

ITV plc announced in May 2017 that they had taken over World Productions. As a result of the deal, World Productions became a unit of ITV Studios and ITV Studios Global Entertainment began distributing all future series internationally.[5][6]

In 2018, the series Bodyguard which World Productions produced, become the most-watched TV show in the UK since 2008, achieving approximately 10.4 million viewers throughout the programme.[7]


Year(s) Television title Television channel
2024 Lockerbie Netflix & BBC One[9]
2024 Delia Balmer ITV
2024 The Gathering Channel 4
2023 Malpractice ITV
2023 Fifteen Love Prime Video
2023 The Hunt For Raoul Moat ITV
2022 The Suspect ITV
2021 The Diplomat Alibi
2021 Karen Pirie ITV
2021 Showtrial BBC One
2021–present Vigil BBC One
2021 The Pembrokeshire Murders ITV
2019 Anne ITV
2018 Bodyguard BBC One
2018–2019 The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco ITV, City
2018–2020 Save Me Sky Atlantic
2017 Born to Kill Channel 4
2016 In Plain Sight ITV
2016 Dark Angel ITV
2016 The Secret Agent BBC One
2015 Code of a Killer ITV
2014 Playhouse Presents: Nightshift Sky Arts
2013 The Great Train Robbery BBC One
2012 The Fear Channel 4
2012–2014 The Bletchley Circle ITV
2012–2021 Line of Duty BBC Two/BBC One
2011 United BBC Two
2010 Pulse BBC Three
2008 Hancock and Joan BBC Four
2008 Never Better BBC Two
2007 Saddam's Tribe: Bound by Blood Channel 4
2007 Rough Diamond BBC One
2007 Party Animals BBC Two
2007 Lilies BBC One
2007 This Life + 10 BBC Two
2006 Goldplated Channel 4
2006 Perfect Day: The Funeral Channel 5
2006 Perfect Day: The Millennium Channel 5
2005 Perfect Day: The Wedding Channel 5
2005 Ahead of the Class ITV
2004 Murder Prevention Channel 5
2004 Outlaws BBC Three
2004–2006 No Angels Channel 4
2003 Love Again BBC Two
2003 Buried Channel 4
2002 Trance Sky
2001 Table 12 BBC Two
2001 Men Only Channel 4
2000 Black Cab BBC Two
2000–2002 Attachments BBC Two
2000 Rough Treatment ITV
1998–2000 The Cops BBC Two
1998 Ultraviolet Channel 4
1997 The Heart Surgeon BBC One
1997 Hostile Waters HBO & BBC
1996 Sharman Carlton
1996–1997 This Life BBC Two
1996–2001 Ballykissangel BBC One
1995 Christmas Channel 4
1995 Guardians Channel 4
1995 Holed Channel 4
1995 Beautiful Thing Film4
1995 The Turnaround Carlton
1995 The Caribou Kitchen CITV
1994–1996 Cardiac Arrest BBC One
1993 Wide-Eyed and Legless BBC One
1992–1994 Between the Lines BBC One
1992 JUICE Paramount [10]
1991 Reconstructed Heart


-Royal Television Society – Midlands (2012) -Winner – Best Drama – Line of Duty -Winner – Best Acting Performance (Male) – Lennie James -Winner – Best Newcomer (Acting Performance) Gregory Piper

-United -Prix Europa Nomination Best Drama

-Hancock and Joan -BAFTA Nomination – Best Single Drama -BAFTA Nomination – Best Actor – Ken Stott -BAFTA Nomination – Best Actress – Maxine Peake -Broadcast Awards Finalist – Best Single Drama

-Party Animals -Broadcast Press Guild Nomination – Best Drama Series

-Perfect Day -Rose D'Or Nomination – Best Comedy

-Outlaws -BAFTA Nomination – Best Drama Serial

-Ahead of the Class -Broadcast Awards Nomination – Best Single Drama -RTS Awards Nomination – Best Actress – Julia Walters -RTS Awards Nomination – Best Single Drama

-No Angels -Indie Awards Nomination – Best Drama Series

-Murder Prevention -RTS Craft and Design Award – Best Sound

-Love Again -RTS Awards Nomination – Best Single Drama -BANFF Awards Nomination – Best Single Drama

-Buried -BAFTA Award – Best Drama Series

-Men Only -BAFTA Nomination – Best New Writer

-The Cops -BAFTA Nomination – Best Drama Series

-World Productions -won BAFTA Television Craft Award Special Achievement Award

-The Cops -BAFTA TV Award – Best Drama Series

-The Cops -BAFTA TV awards – Best Drama Series -RTS Awards – Best Drama Series

-Ballykissangel -Broadcasting Press Guild – Best Actor – Tony Doyle

-This Life -RTS Television Award – Best Drama Series -BAFTA TV Award – Best Actress – Daniela Nardini

-This Life -The Writers' Guild of Great Britain – Best Original TV Drama Series -South Bank Show Award for TV Drama

-Ballykissangel -Royal Television Society – Best Drama Series -National TV Awards – Most Popular Actress – Dervla Kirwin

-Cardiac Arrest -BAFTA Nomination – Best Editing

-Between The Lines -BAFTA Award – Best Drama

-Between The Lines -Writer's Guild of Great Britain Award – Best Drama Series

-Between The Lines -Broadcasting Press Guild – Best Drama Series


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  2. ^ Productions, World. "About World Productions - World Productions". World Productions. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  3. ^ "WORLD PRODUCTIONS LIMITED - Overview (free company information from Companies House)". Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  4. ^ Mark Sweney (16 February 2012). "This Life and Party Animals producer bought by Ipswich Town owner |". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  5. ^ "ITV Studios acquires Line of Duty Producer World Productions". Press Centre. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  6. ^ Mitchell, Robert (2 May 2017). "ITV Studios Takes Over World Productions". Variety. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Bodyguard most watched BBC drama in 10 years". BBC News. 25 September 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  8. ^ Productions, World. "Productions". World Productions. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  9. ^ "BBC and Netflix commission new six-part factual drama Lockerbie". BBC. 31 July 2023. Retrieved 29 October 2023.
  10. ^ Bard Entertainment. "About Us". Retrieved 2024-01-09.