Blakeway Productions was set up by Denys Blakeway in 1994. Ten years later, the company was bought by Ten Alps PLC. Since the company’s foundation the Blakeway team has produced hundreds of hours of prestigious programming for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Channel 5 and Sky in the UK, as well as numerous co-productions with USA broadcasters. As part of Ten Alps PLC the company has grown further, expanding its current affairs output, opening a regional company Blakeway North. Blakeway is also now commissioned to make programmes directly for international broadcasters, most notably CCTV in China.
Recent critical and ratings successes include Lucian Freud - Painted Life for BBC2 (Winner, RTS Arts Programme Award and BAFTA Nomination), and Smithsonian Freud’s Naked Truths (Emmy nominated). Queen Victoria's Children also for BBC2, and the BBC’s official 90 minute obituary of Lady Thatcher, Margaret Thatcher: Prime Minister, which was transmitted on the day of her death.
Blakeway’s current affairs output, under Karen Edwards’ guidance, has been growing rapidly with numerous productions for Channel 4’s investigative strand, Dispatches, including Plebs, Lies and Videotape, Nuclear War Games and Murdoch, Cameron and the £8 Billion Deal. BBC’s Panorama, Secrets of Britain’s Sharia Councils and a 60 minute documentary for BBC2, Frank Gardner’s Return to Saudi Arabia.
Blakeway Productions also produces many radio documentaries about social issues and contemporary history for the BBC. Recent work has included Signing up at Sixteen for BBC Radio 4 about the experience of young recruits entering the army, and a continuing examination of the international aid industry by Edward Stourton also for Radio 4. Inside the Aid Industry and Syria: Can Aid Meet the Challenge.