Hardy Pictures is an award-winning factual and drama indie specialising in telling true stories with authority and ambition.
As drama producers we work with acclaimed writers to breathe dramatic life into real stories from the past – from as distant as the eleventh century to as recent as yesterday.
As documentary makers we focus on strong narratives telling personal stories at the heart of iconic events.
Respecting original source material to shed new light on familiar icons, our acclaimed films immerse audiences in the past, whilst our innovative use of animation, graphics and interactive platforms attract new audiences to the factual genre.
We offer diversity, experience, passion and award-winning creative flair.»See what's in production
04 March 2014
BBC2 9pm Thu March 6th, Fri March 7th, Sat March 8th. A major new drama series, dramatising the extraordinary behind-the-scenes story of the final days before the outbreak of the world's first global war. “Historical drama at its best.” Andrew Marr, The Andrew Marr Show. Read more reviews.
16 October 2013
Major new drama series 37 Days, starring Ian McDiarmid, Tim Pigott-Smith, Sinead Cusack, Bill Paterson and James McArdle, will kick off the BBC's World War One centenary programming. Dramatising the extraordinary behind-the-scenes story of the final days before the outbreak of the world's first global war.
10 January 2012
Hardy Pictures' BBC2 documentary 'The Belfast Blitz' has been nominated in the Best Factual category at the 2012 Irish Film and Television Awards. The ceremony will be held in Dublin on February 11th.
13 August 2011
BBC2 will broadcast Hardy Pictures' feature-length original drama, 'The Man Who Crossed Hitler', starring Ed Stoppard and Ian Hart, on 21st August at 9pm. An accompanying documentary, 'Hans Litten vs. Adolf Hitler: To Stop a Tyrant' will transmit on BBC2 in the following week.
19 April 2011
BBC Two will broadcast Hardy Pictures' 60' documentary, The Belfast Blitz, at 8pm on Easter Saturday, 23rd April 2011 to mark the 70th anniversary of the deadliest WW2 bombing raids outside London. The documentary combines eye-witness testimony with unique graphic visualisations of the city under attack.
17 February 2011
Ice Emigrants, Hardy Pictures' first film for BBC Northern Ireland, will transmit on Monday 21st February. This co-production with Canada follows one Northern Irish family's extraordinary journey beyond the Irish Famine.
05 January 2011
Hardy Pictures' first broadcast in the Republic of Ireland, the documentary Ruby and the Duke presented by maverick musician Duke Special, will transmit on RTÉ One at 10.15pm on Tuesday 18th January 2011, as part of this year's Arts Lives strand. Accompanying live concerts are planned in Dublin and Cork in early February.
21 June 2010
Two Hardy Pictures films will transmit in Channel 4's upcoming Bloody Foreigners season. The Untold Battle of Trafalgar will lead at 9pm on Monday 28th June, with The Untold Great Fire of London following at 8pm on Wednesday 30th June.
01 March 2010
'1066 - The Battle for Middle Earth' has been shortlisted in the History category at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards 2009, marking Hardy Pictures' fifth RTS Nomination.
17 January 2010
BBC Northern Ireland have commissioned Hardy Pictures and Canadian indie Galafilm to produce a special documentary tracing one Armagh family's extraordinary famine ancestry.
20 November 2009
1066 won Best Online Game at the British Interactive Media Awards 2009! Huge congratulations and thanks to our partners at Preloaded; play the game here.
The History Channel will broadcast Hardy Pictures' True Horror series on successive Monday nights at 10pm, starting with Werewolf on 16th November 2009
27 October 2009
Preloaded and Hardy Pictures' hit online game for 1066 has received a Best Interactive nomination at the 2009 Children's BAFTAs, to be held in London in late November.
20 October 2009
BAFTA Scotland have named Bill Paterson one of their three nominees for Best Actor 2009, for his performance as Dr. James Niven in Spanish Flu - The Forgotten Fallen.
19 October 2009
1066 has been shortlisted for Best Online Game at the British Interactive Media Awards 2009. Congratulations to our partners at Preloaded and best of luck for November 19th.
03 May 2009
2 x 90' original drama, '1066 - The Battle for Middle-Earth' will be broadcast on successive evenings, Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th May, at 9pm on Channel 4. Watch out for trailers and play the game on www.channel4.co.uk/1066
Hardy Pictures' five part series City of Vice has been nominated Best Drama Series, to be decided at the Royal Television Society Awards on March 17th.
21 January 2009
The medieval crime caper Heist has been recognised for its visual and narrative innovation by the History Makers Awards 2009. The awards ceremony will be held in New York on January 29th.
05 December 2008
'Bow Street Runner', the City of Vice online game produced by LittleLoud for C4 Education, has won the Interactive Award at the Childrens BAFTAs 2008.
25 November 2008
City of Vice has won the Royal Television Society Judges' Award in recognition of the entire production team's special achievement.
12 November 2008
Channel 4 Head of Programmes Julian Bellamy launched original two-part drama 1066 as Justin Hardy's most daring film yet. Scheduled for February 2009.
09 November 2008
Hardy Pictures have openend a new office in Belfast for factual drama, specialist factual and regional content production.
18 October 2008
The Relief of Belsen has been nominated Best Drama-Documentary at the Grierson Awards for excellence in documentary film-making. The ceremony will be held on November 20th 2008.
23 October 2008
Writers Clive Bradley and Peter Harness have been recognized by the Writers Guild of Great Britain for their work on City of Vice, nominated in the Best Drama Series category. The ceremony will be held on November 23rd 2008.