Patrick Spence

Creative Director, ITV Studios & Former Head of Drama, Tiger Aspect and Former Managing Director, Fifty Fathoms


Patrick Spence is Director of Drama, Tiger Aspect and Managing Director, Fifty Fathoms.

Current productions out of Tiger include PEAKY BLINDERS, a co-production with Caryn Mandabach Productions, written by Steven Knight and starring Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory and Paul Anderson; and GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL, written by Dan Sefton, starring Amanda Redman and Amrita Acharia.

And out of Fifty Fathoms, upcoming and recent productions include THE EDDY for Netflix, written by the Bafta Award winning Jack Thorne and directed by the Academy Award winning Damien Chazelle, about a jazz club in contemporary Paris; ADULT MATERIAL, a four part serial for C4 by the award winning playwright Lucy Kirkwood, starring Sheridan Smith; GUERRILLA for Showtime and Sky Atlantic, written and directed by the Academy Award winning John Ridley (12 Years A Slave), starring Idris Elba, Freida Pinto, Babou Ceesay, Rory Kinnear, Denise Gough and Danny Mays; THE A WORD Seasons 1 and 2, Peter Bowker’s 6-part drama for BBC1 and Sundance, starring Chris Eccleston, Lee Ingleby and Morven Christie; FORTITUDE Seasons 1-3, Simon Donald’s horror story set in the Arctic for Sky Atlantic and Amazon, starring Stanley Tucci, Dennis Quaid, Michael Gambon, Sofie Grabol and Richard Dormer; and MARVELLOUS, Peter Bowker’s 90′ film for BBC2, starring Toby Jones and directed by Julian Farino, which won three Baftas in 2015 (Best Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress), and two Bafta Nominations (Best Writer and Best Actor) as well as several RTS, BPG and Writers Guild Awards.

Patrick was until 2010 Head of Drama, BBC Northern Ireland, where he commissioned and executive produced the Bafta, RTS, WGA, BPG and Prix Europa Award winning serial OCCUPATION (Pete Bowker) and the Bafta, RTS and Sundance Film Award winning single film FIVE MINUTES OF HEAVEN (Guy Hibbert), as well as the Bafta nominated dramas HANCOCK AND JOAN (Rik Cottan), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (David Nicholls) and MURPHY’S LAW (Russell Lewis). Credits from his earlier career include launching and executive producing WAKING THE DEAD, executive producing SILENT WITNESS; and his first job was as script editor on CRACKER.