From 1968


From 1968


Transatlantic Films was founded in 1968 by Revel Guest and her American lawyer husband, Robert Albert. She was one of a small group of experienced and innovative documentary filmmakers in Britain who pioneered the development of an independent film making industry in the UK. 

Under her leadership she gathered together a team of young talented film makers and was able to convince the BBC and ITV that independent film companies could make important films for broadcast on their channels. Prior to that time, almost all films were made in-house. 

Since its creation 47 years ago, Transatlantic has produced over one hundred and fifty films and series, working in co-production with the BBC, Channel 4 and other major U.K. broadcasters, as well as with leading TV networks in the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe – Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, A&E, Group W, Metromedia, PBS, ABC, TVNZ, TF1, La Cinquieme, NDR, etc.

Transatlantic Films has been a family oriented company. Revel and Rob's son Justin, and daughter, Corisande, are key members of the team and the current Directors.


Our Films

Our Films

Some of Transatlantic’s films:

  • London Rock and Black, White and Blues co-productions with the BBC, Group W and Metromedia.
  • One Pair of Hands narrated by Humphrey Burton which won the highest ratings of any BBC documentary in the year of its production.
  • In Search of Paradise a co-production with TF1 in France, Channel 4 in the U.K. and TV Ontario in Canada, which became one of the major successes of Channel 4’s debut season.
  • 4 American Composers, a series of four one-hour films directed by Peter Greenaway.
  • Placido Domingo, A Year in the Life of an Opera Singer, which achieved the highest viewing figures of the year for an arts documentary when it was broadcast on Channel 4.
  • The Horse in Sport series co-produced with Channel 4 and ABC in Australia.
  • Greek Fire narrated by Juliette Stevenson and featuring George Steiner in co-production with Channel 4, A&E, Teleac, ERT and Hellenic TV 1.
  • History's Turning Points® an award winning 26 part series that took over three years to produce and was shot on location around the world using ‘docu-image’ to bring decisive moments in world history to life.
  • Trailblazers was the highest-rated series on the Travel Channel in the USA, was a co-production with Discovery Channel Europe and the Travel Channel in the USA.
  • Horse Tales a 26 part series of bareback adventures from around the globe, was co-produced with Animal Planet in the States, TVNZ Natural History, Sleeping Giant and Life in Canada and was the first UK/Canadian Treaty Co-Production of a factual documentary television series.
  • Three Gorges was the Discovery Channel award winning  special which followed the construction and completion of the largest dam in the world.
  • Lost Treasures of the Ancient World, documenting the efforts of the Chinese government to save their antiquities from the rising waters.
  • The Science of Love and Extreme Body Parts and  Sleep and Dreams co-produced with Discovery Health in the States, Great North and Alliance Atlantis in Canada, S4C in Wales and NDR in Germany. 
  • Legends of the Living Dead was a co-production with the Travel Channel , S4C and  S4C International.
  • Return to the Three Gorges a Discovery  Channel special made in co-production with West Beach Productions. 

Transatlantic Films was also the production arm of Covent Garden Pioneer FSP, - a joint venture between the Royal Opera House and the Japanese electronic company, Pioneer – which produced fifteen full length opera and ballet productions in co-production with the BBC, Channel 4 and NHK.