"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 premium documentaries, both series and features, across a range of genres. We also write and develop scripted content, specialising in 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 scripted or unscripted, story and character are the keys to making the best and most successful films – films that connect with an audience and entertain and inform in equal measure.

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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
Creative Director
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