Since 2016, the British Army has provided assistance to a variety of TV productions both ‘under contract’ and ‘out of contract’.
What is Out of Contract?
Unlike ‘under contract’, the Army does not keep a comprehensive list of projects for out of contract TV productions.
They are programmes that are broader than Defence but present opportunities for messaging and reputation building that:
- Are low in risk;
- Do not entail filming on the Defence Training Estate; and
- Are not bespoke.
Information About Support Provided to TV Productions
Following an approach from a production company, and prior to agreeing to support a filming project, conversations will occur with said enquirer to understand the nature of the request and assess the opportunities for messaging and reputation building for the Army.
If it is decided to proceed, further conversations and meetings will occur, including, if appropriate, reconnaissance with the Army providing an insight into its activities in order to ensure the production company has a full understanding of the subject matter concerned.
If the production company secures a broadcasters commission, the Army’s communication branch will move towards contract support.
During the course of this stage, a project officer from the business area providing filming support will be appointed. It is this officer’s responsibility to provide further in-depth background briefs and recommendations for filming opportunities prior to the letting of a contract, plus post contract during filming.
In Contract Productions
The table below outlines the TV productions to which the Army has provided support under contract.
|2016||British Army Girls|
|2016||CBBC’s Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom|
|2016||Not the Grand Tour|
|2016||Guy Martin’s WW1 Tank|
|2017||Army: Behind the New Frontlines|
|2017||Women at War: 100 Years of Service|
|2018||Blue Peter: Tank Commander|
|2018||CBBC’s Deadly Dinosaurs with Steve Buckshall|
|2018||CBBC’s Beyond Bionic with Andy Torbet|
|2019||Raw Recruits 2|
|2019||The Para’s: Men of War|
|2019||Blue Peter: King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery|
|2019||Her Majesty’s Cavalry|
|2019||James Bond: No Time to Die|
|2019||Inside the Bomb Squad|
|2019||Gurkhas v Everest|
|2019||Jason Fox: Return to Afghanistan|
|2019||Goodbye Christopher Robin|
|2020||Guy Martin’s Battle of Britain|
|2020||Coldstream Guards (still filming as of January 2021)|
FOI 2020/13877 dated 20 January 2021.
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