2 Sides TV has been making children's programmes since 1995 and has received two BAFTA nominations. We are a versatile production office, making everything from studio-based puppet dramas, to factual entertainment, game shows and top-notch animation, for audiences ranging from pre-schoolers to teens and beyond.
Catherine Robins - Managing Director
Catherine set up 2 Sides TV Ltd in 1995. She has been responsible for a wide variety of children's and educational programmes for all the major broadcasters, ranging from the twice BAFTA-nominated wildlife series 'Animal Antics', to the comedy puppet drama 'Bug Alert', the animated series 'The Fantastic Flying Journey' based on Gerald Durrell's celebrated children's book, and the animated special 'Pumpkin Moon', which received accolades from press and viewers alike and was compared by The Guardian to the Oscar-winning 'Spirited Away'.
As well as having the role of Executive Producer on the company's productions, Catherine has also sat on the BAFTA Children's Jury, and has been a speaker at the Edinburgh Television Festival, The Bristol Animation Festival and the annual Showcomotion Children's Conference. She has also been the Creative Head of Random House Children's Screen Entertainment.
Prior to forming 2 Sides TV, Catherine spent seven years with Winchester independent, Workhouse Productions, where she was Head of Production, responsible for producing and directing programmes for broadcast and corporate clients, including Channel 4's science series 'Equinox', which she also presented.
A graduate in modern languages, she began her career at the BBC, where she produced and directed education programmes as well as presenting shows for Radio 4, Schools Radio and the World Service.
Patrick Fleming – Producer/Director
Patrick began his career as a Film Editor, working on iconic series such as The South Bank Show. But his love of storytelling soon led him to become a multi award-winning Producer/Director. His credits include productions for the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, Channel 5, ITV, National Geographic and TLC. He has filmed all over the world and is especially familiar with China, where he filmed ‘Equinox – Bamboo’, about the importance of bamboo to ancient Chinese technology, ‘History’s Turning Points –The Great Wall of China’, and ‘Secrets of the Great Wall’, about the history and technology of the world’s largest engineering project (Gold Award, Houston Worldfest). Patrick is also familiar with Tibet: ‘Guge: The Lost Kingdom of Tibet’ also won Gold at the Houston Worldfest.
Patrick has also worked with Peter Gillbe’s former company, Optomen, on documentaries for Discovery’s ‘Science Frontiers’ and Channel 4’s Equinox, with other production companies on feature-length drama documentaries, and on a number of 2 Sides TV’s factual and studio-based series for children, such as ‘BallooniVille’ and ‘Up4It’. He also directed ‘i Science’ for BBC Learning - ten exciting science stories for GCSE level students, which won a Royal Television Society Education Award.
Recently, he has also been working with the Media Trust on a training programme for disadvantaged teenagers, and has set up a new company, 1 Minute Walks, which offers free online walking tours, which can be previewed in one minute.
Peter Gillbe – Executive Producer
After 13 years in the BBC, in 1990, Peter founded Optomen Television Ltd. The company grew into one of the UK’s leading independent production companies making award winning documentary, factual entertainment and children’s programming, including Old Bear Stories; ground breaking food series including The Naked Chef, and Two Fat Ladies, and the long running Police, Camera, Action! – still the UK’s highest rating independent factual series.
Optomen’s programmes have won several BAFTAS and a clutch of RTS awards and by the time Peter sold the company in 2005 it had grown into an international operation with over 100 employees with its own distribution arm, and a subsidiary company based in New York and Los Angeles producing programmes for numerous US broadcasters including HBO, Fox, Discovery, TLC and PBS.
Lydia Layton – Production Co-ordinator
After studying Film Studies at Kings College London, Lydia worked in several production assistant roles in film, TV and animation companies including Lumiere Studios and New Moon Productions, where she worked on the official Olympic Documentary ‘First’ in 2012. She then went on to study 3D Animation at Escape Studios and occasionally works as a freelance animator for small businesses and charities.
Having a passion for young adult and children’s narratives she reads for a YA and children's literary scout (clients include Film4 and Channel 4) and advises them on which stories should be adapted for the screen.
She previously worked at 2 Sides TV in 2014, acting as production assistant and runner on Design Challenge and Seaside Antics. Now she works alongside Catherine as the Production Co-ordinator.