Creative England’s one-stop-shop service for television and film production companies will be showcased this weekend with the showing of The Making of a Lady on ITV1 on Sunday 16th December.

The one-off drama is an adaptation of a ‘forgotten’ classic novel by celebrated playwright and author Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy). It tells the story of the well born but penniless Emily who grew up hoping she would marry for love, but comes to realise that her priority must be survival.

Creative England assisted the Runaway Fridge production with finding crew and locations for the 25 day shoot, which filmed across Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Liverpool and West Yorkshire in August and September.

Julian Meers, Line Producer, The Making of a Lady, said: “Creative England’s involvement with the crewing process when we were setting up the show was instrumental in getting such an excellent crew together for the shooting of The Making of a Lady. This was a complicated crew brief as the drama was a one off period piece for ITV1 with limited funds for such an ambitious script. As I wanted to crew entirely from the north of England and didn’t know ‘the patch’, Creative England’s expertise and immediate understanding of my needs introduced me to at least half a dozen crew members who were simply the best in their fields, made the show happen and always had a good sense of humour at the trickiest of times.”

Creative England is committed to providing industry-focused support to encourage regional investment by the film and television industry, which can spend on average up to £32,000 per day filming on location. The organisation provides assistance in finding suitable locations and crew via its dedicated team and its national databases, which launched in September*. It also offers a local authority liaison service through its Film Friendly Partnership programme, smoothing the path for film production companies.

For crew members and facilities companies, Creative England offers a range of services to assist with training and development and the chance to find work. Regular networking evenings are held up and down the country, the next of which is to be held at Pinewood Studios on January 21st (to sign up, click on the link here )

And Creative England has recently joined forces with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the Creative Skillset Craft and Technical Academy to launch BAFTA Crew, a major new skills development and networking programme for experienced craft and technical crew working in film and television in England (for more information, click on the link here).

Laura Mackie, ITV’s Director of Drama, said: “The regional television production industry is going from strength to strength, producing quality dramas such as Mrs Biggs, Homefront, Scott & Bailey and DCI Banks, and The Making of a Lady is the latest in a long line of these. It’s great to know that England’s regions have the skilled crew base as well as the stunning locations to be able to support this kind of ambitious production, and Creative England is doing a great job in putting productions in touch with both the people and the places that can bring good drama to life.”

Kaye Elliott, Creative England’s Head of Production Services and Locations, said: “The Making of a Lady is a superb example of a production that Creative England supported in several different ways, from scouting the best locations to finding premium local crew. It is a testament to the strength of the industry in the English regions that the production was able to secure its crew regionally. We have new crew signing up every day to our national database which is searched daily by productions looking to crew up in the regions.”

The Making of a Lady will be screened on ITV1 on Sunday 16th December from 8 – 9:45pm.