Charlotte Surtees

Producer

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Nick Barron
Assistant: Nicole Schivardi

Film, TV & Theatre

After 15 years producing documentaries on subjects as diverse as terrorism, time travel…and David Hasselhoff…Charlotte moved genres into scripted,  becoming in-house Development Executive at Darlow Smithson Productions. Tasked with growing their scripted drama and comedy slate from scratch, she quickly won script commissions from BBC, ITV and Channel 4.

She went on to executive produce two of her comedy-drama commissions; DAVE ALLEN AT PEACE and the critically acclaimed, ratings hit, WE’RE DOOMED! THE DAD’S ARMY STORY both written by Stephen Russell. Another of her drama projects, about skating legends TORVILL & DEAN, was written by Billy Ivory and produced by DSP for ITV Drama.

After going freelance, Charlotte oversaw the scripting of a new six-part Netflix series for Nutopia and helped develop several drama and comedy projects with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost at Stolen Picture. She then produced CODE 404, an ambitious new comedy series with Kudos and Water & Power for Sky One. Charlotte is currently in post-production for TWO WEEKS TO LIVE, whcih she produced for Kudos and Sky One, starring Maisie Williams and will then move on to produce the second season of CODE 404.

In Development

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CODE 404 SR 2

Kudos / Water & Power for Sky One

Producer

Television

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TWO WEEKS TO LIVE

2019 - 2020

Kudos for Sky One

Producer – 6 x 30’ comedy series about a misfit on the run from a murderous gangster, the police…and her Mum - written by Gaby Hull, Phoebe Éclair-Powell and Lucy Montgomery, directed by Al Campbell and starring Maisie Williams.

CODE 404

2019

Kudos / Water & Power for Sky One

Producer – 6 x 30’ police comedy series set in the near future - written by Daniel Peak, directed by Al Campbell, starring Daniel Mays and Stephen Graham.

TORVILL & DEAN

2018

Darlow Smithson Productions for ITV

Development Executive - 2x90' episodes drama written by Billy Ivory. The moving true story of how two kids from Nottingham became the world’s most famous ice-dancers at the Winter Olympics 1984.

THE LAST CZARS

2018 - 2019

Nutopia for NETFLIX

Development Executive – 6x60’ series written by Sasha Hails, Dana Fainaru & Christopher Bell
Overseeing the writing room, script editing and delivery of six ambitious, historically-based scripts.

DAVE ALLEN AT PEACE

2018

DSP for BBC2 & RTE

Executive Producer - 1x60’ comedy drama written by Stephen Russell, directed by Andy de Emmony. Inspired by the true story of how the controversial Irish comedian’s career was shaped by the tragic loss of his father, his brother…and his finger.

WE'RE DOOMED: THE DAD'S ARMY STORY

2015

DSP for BBC2

Executive Producer - 1x60 ’comedy drama written by Stephen Russell, directed by Stephen Bendelack.
The true story of how Jimmy Perry and David Croft overcame BBC resistance, focus groups and Arthur Lowe’s constipation to get the legendary sitcom onto air. The show received universally wonderful reviews and became the highest rating single drama on BBC2 that year.

Factual Entertainment

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NAZI DEATH CAMP: THE GREAT ESCAPE

2013

NGCI & PBS

1 x 60’ drama documentary – For the 70th anniversary, this brutally honest film tells the true story of the Jewish prisoners who fought back to escape Sobibor death camp during WW2.

HASSLEHOFF vs. THE BERLIN WALL

2014

NGCI

1 X 60’ specialist factual documentary – David Hasselhoff commemorates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall by taking viewers on an incredible personal journey, back to Berlin.

FALKLAND'S MOST DARING RAID

2012

DSP for Channel 4

1 x 60’ drama documentary about the incredible true story of how the RAF mounted the longest-range bombing mission in history with little more than good luck, guts and superglue.

HOW TO BUILD A BIONIC MAN

2013

Channel 4 & Smithsonian Channel

1x 60’ specialist factual science documentary following Dr. Bertolt Meyer as he attempts the ultimate engineering challenge; to build an entirely manmade human. Grierson Award for Best Science/Natural History Programme, 2013

BRICK BY BRICK: REBUILDING OUR PAST

2012

BBC2

3 x 60’ architectural history series presented by Dan Cruikshank and Charlie Luxton following historic buildings snatched from the jaws of demolition and lovingly rebuilt brick by brick.

CONCORDE'S LAST FLIGHT

2010

DSP for Channel 4

1 x 90’ drama documentary special revealing the untold story behind the crash of the world’s first and last supersonic passenger jet. TX 2011. CINE Special Jury Award, Science & Technology, 2012

FIGHTING THE RED BARON

2010

DSP for Channel 4

1 X 90’ drama documentary special following two former RAF Red Arrows pilots as they embark on a mission to discover the origins of aerial warfare in World War I.

ROME WASN’T BUILT IN A DAY

2011

Channel 4

6 x 60’ living history series following six modern builders’ attempt to construct an authentic, life- sized Roman villa for English Heritage using only Roman building methods and tools.

MIRACLE OF THE HUDSON PLANE CRASH

2009

DSP for Channel 4

1 x 60’ fast turnaround drama documentary about Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenburger’s plane landing on the Hudson River; the first and definitive documentary broadcast just after the accident.

SECONDS FROM DISASTER: US EMBASSY BOMBINGS

2006

National Geographic Channel

1 X 60’ drama documentary exploring the 1998 Al-Qaeda terrorist attack on the US embassy in Kenya, movingly told by its survivors.

THE WORLD'S FIRST TIME MACHINE

2003

TLC for Channel 4

1 x 60’ documentary - after the tragic death of his father, American physics professor Ron Mallet takes on the biggest challenge in modern science – to build a working time machine.