One of Scotland's leading television production
companies, Ideal World, has just secured commissions
The Glasgow-based company, which was established
over 10 years ago by broadcaster and author
Muriel Gray and her husband Hamish Barbour,
has been commissioned by the BBC and Channel
4 to produce a series of programmes ranging
from factual to drama.
This substantial financial gain for Ideal World
comes only a month after Barbour spoke about
the market in Scotland being insufficient to
support the growing number of independent media
Sue Oriel, managing director of Ideal World,
agrees that many companies have suffered recently
due to budget cuts, but claims there is still
a lot of work out there to be gained.
She said: "There is a lot of work still to
be done that is very much needed.
"We have been fortunate in that we have been
constantly producing good ideas broadcasters
have really taken to in a big way."
In addition to Force 10 Rescue,
described as "999 meets Police, Camera, Action",
the BBC has also commissioned two 30-minute
films based on Scottish football songs.
Hampden Roar and Downhill
all the Way will also be aired on the
channel later next year.
Channel 4 has ordered a number of programmes
from the independent company, including a fourth
series of The Other Side, which
in this case will go behind the camera to look
at the role of film directors.
A new series of property show Location,
Location, Location, as well as a new
series of car show Driven will
both be aired in January next year.
The company, which employs 57 staff between
its offices in Glasgow and London, are gearing
up for a busy year ahead.
"It is going to be an extremely busy, hectic
time but everyone is looking forward to the
challenge, we're definitely not complaining,"