The Mill

Lead actors Kerrie Hayes and Matthew McNulty dressed in costume


Production Company: Darlow Smithson Productions

Channel: Channel 4

Date: 04/2013–07/2013 & 04/2014–07/2014

Based on historical archive, The Mill is a historical drama set in rural England at a time when the industrial revolution was changing the country beyond recognition. The story is told from the perspectives of young apprentices.


tpr media organised press screenings at the BFI in London and at Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire, engaging with stories from its exhaustive National Trust archive. We also designed a media campaign which positioned the drama as a refreshing antidote to costume drama, and promoted its pool of young talent. The first series was the highest rating Channel 4 drama series since Shane Meadows’ This is England.