BlackLight was formed in 2017 by Ben Bickerton and Phil Trethowan. Ben and Phil met when making the critically acclaimed film Ellen together and are backed by the Banijay Media Group, the world’s largest independent content creation Group for television and multimedia platforms. Ben and Phil both have over 20 years of experience making award-winning popular television drama and film such as Being Human and The Curse of Steptoe. In April 2019 Lisa Walters (former Development Executive for Channel 4 Drama), joined the BlackLight team. Lisa helped to create the 4Stories initiative and produced series I and II of On the Edge and is gearing up for series III. She’s passionate about writing and directing talent and will go to extreme lengths to find it!


  • Ellen

    Ellen follows a teenage girl, Ellen (Jessica Barden – The End of the F**king World, The Lobster, Penny Dreadful) trying to take control of her life in a world that would rather ignore her.

    Available to watch on All4


    She’s neglected by her mum (Jaime Winstone – Powder Room, Five Daughters), hardly sees her dad, and is at risk of falling through the cracks. The only adult who’s looking out for Ellen is the charming and harmless Jason (Joe Dempsie – Skins, Game of Thrones). But will anyone be able to save her? Winner of the Bafta Cymru for Best Film, Bafta Breakthrough, Broadcast Best Single Drama, Writers Guild Best Screenplay and Prix Italia for Best Drama.

  • Through the gates

    Aimee (Ria Zmitrowicz – Three Girls) has spent most of her young, chaotic life in and out of prison. Tessa (Wunmi Mosaku – Kiri, Luther, Damilola Our Loved Boy) is the disillusioned parole officer in charge of Aimee’s welfare after her release, living her own life of organised chaos. Although from different worlds, both are trapped in cycles they can’t escape. Aimee in her reoffending, Tessa in a destructive relationship with her boss Mark (Craig Parkinson – Line of Duty, Misfits). Can they help each other find a way out?


    Available to watch on All4 from Thursday 16th August 2018

  • That girl

    That Girl centres around the friendship between Ashley (Chanel Cresswell – This Is England) and Becca (Alexandra Roach – No Offence, Utopia). Free-spirited Ashley refuses to grow up, enabled by sensible flatmate Becca. But when she is forced to confront a reality she tried to bury in her past, Ashley’s life begins to unravel. Will their relationship be able to survive?


    Available to watch on All4 from Thursday 16th August 2018

  • A mother’s love

    The lives of single mum Josephine (Nadine Marshall – Save Me, National Treasure) and her 11 year old son Ishmael (newcomer Keajohon Jennings Dillon) are shattered when he witnesses a gangland crime on their estate and is asked to testify against the killer. Under threat, they find sanctuary in the middle class home of Josephine’s sister Claudia (Carryl Thomas) and her disapproving husband Patrick (Cyril Nri – Cucumber). When Josephine starts to have doubts about her son’s account, she is torn between wanting to believe him and the facts she is confronted with – as the investigating officer DI Nolan (Richard Harrington – Requiem, Hinterland) watches on. Will she speak out, or will she be lulled by the promise of a better life, in exchange for Ishmael’s key testimony?


    Available to watch on All4 from Thursday 16th August 2018


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