Brook Lapping, one of the UK's most renowned production companies, has been making high-end documentaries for over 20 years. Originally famous for its landmark series on international politics, its output now spans Current Affairs, Observational Documentary, History, Science and Culture.
The first of the company’s major international series, The Second Russian Revolution, was shown in 31 countries. Watergate, first broadcast on BBC2 in the UK, won for Discovery US its largest audience ever for a documentary series. The Death of Yugoslavia, was a six-part series in which Slobodan Milosevic, the other Yugoslav presidents and 60 of their generals, ministers, and rivals each told their part in how he rose to power and gave the world the term ‘ethnic cleansing’. It was broadcast all over the world and repeated in most countries during the Kosovo war.
More recent international series have included Iran & The West, Putin, Russia & The West, The Iraq War, Inside Obama's White House and, most recently, Inside Europe which broadcast across the world during the UK's Brexit Negotiations.Other political programmes have included three BBC ONE documentaries with Jeremy Paxman, most recently Trump's First 100 days.
Working closely with the BBC, we have made programmes across the genres - from Evita:The Making of a Superstar to the BAFTA Award Winning Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley and The Trans Women Athlete Debate with Martina Navratilova.
In work for US broadcaster, The Flight That Fought Back, a docudrama about United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed on 9/11 won Discovery US the third highest audience in its history at the time, and led to commissions for two ambitious docudramas for the Channel’s annual Shark Week season including Blood in the Water and Ocean of Fear which gave Discovery its highest-rated premiere Shark Week episode for over 20 years. Other US commissions have included Hunting the Edge of Space for PBS’s Nova science strand and a four part series Space: Back to the Future for Smithsonian Networks.
We have also made blue-chip programmes for National Geographic Channel - most recently China Megatomb with Albert Lin and the six-part series Buried Secrets of World War II.
Brook Lapping Radio has made a number of award-winning features for BBC Radio 4. In 2006 Lennon: The Wenner Tapes won a Sony Gold, as did its profile of Margaret Thatcher, Archive on 4: Working for Margaret in 2010. The 2012 series Black is a Country - which chronicled the music and politics of the Black Power movement - took a Sony Silver for Best Music Documentary. A number of other programmes have also received international awards, including Falklands: War at the White House, Not No-One: The Story of the Unknown Soldier, The Politics of Dancing: How Disco Changed the World and The Day Before 9/11, all for BBC Radio 4. The Secret History of Bossa Nova in 2013 and The Map That Made Manhattan in 2015 were both Gold winners at the International Radio Broadcasting Awards held in New York.