Content Creation

Factual Fiction

Factual Fiction is a new Yorkshire-based production business specialising in dual genres of premium factual and scripted television, led by Emily and Tom Dalton. Based on the edge of the Dales in North Yorkshire, Factual Fiction is the UK’s first fully off-grid production company. With sustainability at its heart, a collaborative approach and a commitment to diverse stories, it combines Emily’s experience as Managing Director of Banijay-owned Darlow Smithson, with Tom’s work as a commercials director and writer/producer of the hugely successful ‘Agatha’ series. Tom & Emily are joined by co-founders Patrick Irwin (‘The Fall’, ‘Bang’ and ‘Miss Scarlet and the Duke’) and award-winning writer/director, Chamoun Issa.

Why did we invest?

The company’s regional base and dual genre capabilities means it will enjoy a robust pipeline of commissioning opportunities. Both the BBC and Channel 4 are committed to commission at least 50% of all programming from regional producers. With Channel 4 relocating their headquarters to Leeds, Factual Fiction is well placed to offer premium production capability in Yorkshire that will be in growing demand.


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Key People

  • Tom Dalton | Producer
  • Emily Dalton | Producer

Initial Investment Made

  • 9 August, 2019