Beryl Vertue to receive new Lifetime Achievement Award at Edinburgh TV Festival

The owner of Hartswood Films – the production company behind the likes of Sherlock and Men Behaving Badly – will be honoured at this year's 40th annual festival

Beryl Vertue OBE, the founder and chairman of the production company behind TV sensation Sherlock is to be awarded a lifetime achievement award at this summer’s Edinburgh International Television Festival.


Vertue, who launched Hartswood Films in the 1980s, is to receive the brand new award on August 27th, as part of the annual festival’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

According to festival organisers, Vertue was chosen for the honour because of the “enormous impact she has made on the TV industry, both in the UK and around the world.”

“I am delighted to be honoured with such a prestigious award, and much looking forward to receiving it at the Edinburgh Television Festival, one of my favourite events,” she said in reaction to the news.

Festival goers will also be able to enjoy Vertue’s thoughts on her career and the future of independent production companies in the Lifetime Achievement Keynote address, which will form part of this year’s schedule.

For over three decades, Hartswood Films – which counts Vertue’s daughters Debbie and Sue among its team – has produced award-winning drama, comedy and documentary across BBC, ITV and Channel 4, with highlights including Men Behaving Badly, Coupling and Supernova. 

However, it is Sherlock – co-created by Steven Moffat (Beryl’s son-in-law) and Mark Gatiss – which has caused the biggest sensation in recent years, making global superstars of its two leads Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Beryl serves as an executive producer on the show – which has aired three series to date with a special expected this Christmas – while her daughter, Sue, is a producer. 

Next up from Hartswood is a six-part BBC adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, written and directed by Line of Duty’s Jed Mercurio, which is expected to be broadcast on BBC1 later in 2015. 


This year’s Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival will be held from 26th-28th August.