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"As good as TV can be… a life shown with stunning artistry."
Radio Times on ‘Jago – A Life Underwater’
"Immersive and poetic: let it wash over you."
The Guardian on ‘Jago – A Life Underwater’
"Natural History’s first political drama."
The Guardian on ‘Rise of the Warrior Apes’
"As good as TV can be...a life shown with stunning artistry."
Radio Times

Underdog Films make high quality documentaries, generally in the natural history genre but always character driven and often with a strong human element. We also write and develop dramas, which tend towards true stories. For us the two genres share the same essential elements and go hand in hand with one another.

Our priority is always storytelling. Whether it’s doc or drama, we know that story and character are the keys to making the best and most engaging films – films that enthral, inform and entertain.

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Underdog was started by Academy Award-winning director James Reed in 2015 to produce his multi-award winning film ‘Jago – A Life Underwater’. Since then, James and the company have gone on to make multiple commercially and critically acclaimed films in partnership with the BBC, Netflix, Discovery and others.

We are based in Bristol in the UK – an internationally renowned hub for natural history and factual TV but we have partners and collaborators worldwide.

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Meet The Underdog Team

The day to day Underdog team is kept small and streamlined but when we go into production we recruit the best and most experienced professionals in the industry across all creative and technical aspects of filmmaking.

James Reed
Managing Director
Matt Houghton
Development Producer
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