Available Light was established by David Parker in 1994 and run jointly since 1997 with Wendy McLean. We make high-rating and award-winning factual series and single documentaries for network and digital broadcasters.
Our archive-led social history documentaries for the BBC have included The Golden Age of Steam (2 x 60’), Shooting the War (3 x 60’), The Golden Age of Canals (1 x 60'), Health Before the NHS (2 x 60’) and Mud, Sweat & Tractors: The Story of Agriculture (4 x 60’).
We’ve worked with presenters like amateur wildlife film-maker Johnny Kingdom in over twenty five hours of programmes for the BBC and ITV, historian Lucy Worsley in The Lost World of Dorothy Hartley (1 x 60’ BBC) and artisan baker Tom Herbert, In Search of the Perfect Loaf (1 x 60’ BBC).
Our observational series have included neurosurgery in Brain Doctors (6 x 30’ ITV) and life inside a prison in Banged Up (6 x 30’ ITV).
At the heart of our programmes are strong, personal stories told with warmth, wit, imagination and insight.
A combination of Robert Winston’s authoritative narration, archive footage and first-class research in tracking down real stories turn this into a model of good documentary-making.The Times
This fascinating and affecting film looks back at the years during which health provision in the UK vanquished darkness and edged towards light.Time Out
There are some terrifying stories in this new two-parter - including a midwife who worked part-time as a chimney sweep… universal healthcare is a remarkable privilege.Daily Mail
A star is born.The Times
Priceless a worthy addition to the natural history world.Daily Mirror
Johnny is endearingly bonkers.Evening Standard
Johnny Kingdom might yet become a hero of our time.Daily Telegraph
This admirable new three-part series offers a unique view of the Second World war.The Times
Evocative humanising stuff - family stories which happen to document the build up to war rather than visa versa.Time Out
Stories like this leave you with a patchwork view of history, more confusing but ultimately more true.The Daily Express
This series on the history of modern agriculture is the surprise of the week. Fascinating and wonderful.The Times
Strange but true - in the 1950's, strawberries were virtually the size of apples. It is a fact you can verify for yourself in this excellent series.The Guardian
This is a brilliant documentary series: with its use of archive home-movie it is both a loving and moving memorial to farming days long gone The Times
The story of the preservation of little narrow gauge railways that once served British industries is told in the first episode of this enjoyable two parter.Daily Telegraph
This charming film.The Times
One magnificent eccentric goes in search of another.The Guardian
Available Light Productions Ltd.
11 Alma Vale Road,
Bristol, BS8 2HL
Tel: 0117 373 1958