Hardcash make documentaries and investigative films for all major UK and international broadcasters. Since the company was established by David Henshaw in 1992, we have made more than a hundred films and won a range of awards – including seven Emmys, three Baftas, the Prix Italia, five RTS awards, three Peabodys and two Griersons. In 2009 David was awarded a Fellowship by the Royal Television Society. The company was named after an exposé of tight fisted employers made by David for the BBC, but – for legal reasons – never transmitted. Hardcash Productions was set up to remake the programme for Channel 4, which led to the Undercover Britain and Countryside Undercover strands commissioned by the Channel over the next few years. In the thirty years since it began, Hardcash has filmed openly and undercover in some of the most dangerous places abroad – including North Korea, Iran, China, and Saudi Arabia. We have exposed both Islamic and far right extremism here in Britain, and have used covert filming to reveal the inhumane and often unfair examination procedures for disability benefits. Our investigations have often returned to the same burning issues – privately run children’s homes and domestic slavery in the UK, for example – because these are stories that still need to be told. Often challenged in the courts, we have never lost a case.
Recent films have exposed the Chinese persecution of Uyghur Muslims in Xingjiang, told the story of the uprising in Hong Kong, and gone undercover to show the dark side of the World Economic Forum in Davos. And we’ve caught celebrities Harry Redknapp and Caitlyn Jenner on camera, charging huge fees to promote good causes. Fearless: The Women Fighting Putin (ITV) won the 2022 BAFTA for Current Affairs, and our feature length investigation Rape: Who’s On Trial? (Channel 4) won the 2022 RTS Award for Best Single Documentary. In 2023 our film Rebekah Vardy: Jehovah’s Witnesses and Me made a huge impact across all media. “This harrowing documentary”, said the Guardian, “will totally surprise you.”
In September 2023, Hardcash’s joint investigation with the Times for Channel 4, ‘Russell Brand: In Plain Sight’ , won Dispatches its biggest audience share ever. The story dominated news headlines across all media for several days, with police investigations pursuing a series of allegations that emerged after transmission.
Further headline making projects are currently in production.