ABOUT
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WELCOME TO ELEMENT, one of the most experienced and successful independent companies in Wales.

Element is a small company with a big reputation for editorial excellence and sound financial management. Founded in 1989, our name is a byword for quality. Our output includes contemporary documentary, the arts, history and culture, long-running magazines and outside broadcasts.

The hallmark of Element’s approach is the creativity and craftsmanship which we bring to our programmes. We are perfectionist in our approach and apply the highest standards at every stage of production.

History programming is a speciality. Recent series include The Welsh in London presented by Huw Edwards (BBC) which looked at the role of the Welsh in the life of the capital from the Tudor period to the present day: Border Country with Iolo Williams and historian Tessa Dunlop, about the history of Offa’s Dyke, the boundary between Wales and England (BBC): Star Spangled Dragon (BBC), narrated by John Humphreys about the history of the Welsh in America. Another landmark production was The Big Picture, about the history of art in Wales, which used virtual reality technology to create a National Gallery of Welsh art (BBC). Our latest in this genre is Hidden Histories (BBC, narrated by Huw Edwards), which celebrates the centenary of the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic monuments in Wales with a new and refreshing take on how history is investigated.

Contemporary documentary is another of our specialities, particularly those which relate character to landscape. We have evolved a dynamic way of shooting and editing which fuses feature film techniques with TV documentary. An example is Valleys (BBC), narrated by Huw Edwards, a modern take on how the South Wales valleys are changing: Land of Dreams (BBC) about the people and landscape of Pembrokeshire: and Mountain (BBC 2 Wales and BBC 4), six programmes about life on Cader Idris, one of the best-known mountains in Wales.

Increasingly, the company is producing for the international market. We have recently produced landmark arts programmes such as Art of the Cross (Y Groes), an international co-production for S4C and S4C International which looks at the great paintings of the Crucifixion from the earliest times to the present day. Shot in HD, this was filmed on location throughout Europe and in the Middle East. Another recent international co-production was The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross (S4C , distributed by Euroarts), a performance of Joseph Haydn’s masterpiece conducted by Jordi Savall with Le Concert des Nations which was shot in its original location in Cadiz, Southern Spain. Presented by Aled Jones, this will shortly appear in a DVD version with a commentary on the text specially written for the project by Jose Saramago, the Nobel prize-winning novelist.

In terms of returning series, we have produced a wide range of leisure, wildlife, rural and health programmes, many at peak times, several of which also transmit on Discovery UK and other cable channels. The company has extensive experience in Outside Broadcasts.