Ex Darlow Smithson Productions md Emily Dalton and writer and producer husband, Tom Dalton have launched a new docs and drama indie, Factual Fiction, with the backing of investment group, Great Point Media.

The Yorkshire based couple have previously collaborated on Channel 5 Agatha Christie adaptations Agatha and the Truth of Murder and The Curse of Ishtar. The third in the series Midnight Murders, is scheduled for release soon.

The new indie will work across drama, documentary and specialist factual with two sister labels, Good Story Rory covering factual and Salted Bomb, covering drama.

Emily Dalton said: “Ishtar and Midnight Murders were shot back-to-back in Malta and went from idea to finished films in ten months. As the industry consolidates post lockdown, we aim to bring the same relentless energy and focus to our upcoming projects. We love delivering programmes that viewers are excited by, and our ability to thrive under pressure will be more useful now than ever.”

Jim Reeve, group chief executive at Great Point Media, said: “Tom and Emily represent the depth of talent that can be found across the country and we look forward to helping Factual Fiction become an outstanding producer of quality content in the UK and beyond. In spite of the current difficulties faced by the production community, it’s essential investment of this type continues. We must ensure that the UK’s creative industries thrive in the post-coronavirus era.”

The Fall producer Patrick Irwin has joined Factual Fiction as a consultant with Chamoun Issa in as a development executive.

Irwin added: “I have great respect for Emily and Tom and their ability to deliver fantastic shows. As a fellow regional producer, I welcome the shift in the centre of gravity away from the south of England. It’s a very exciting time for the regions and Factual Fiction will be at the heart of it.”

Jon Creamer