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Shindler likes the idea of a producer winning the Special Award acting as an inspiration, even if she flinches at the reality of it being her. However, when asked what advice she’d give to aspiring producers, her natural enthusiasm quickly returns. “Even though it’s very difficult for indies at the moment, if you have an idea that feels different and cutting edge there is a way forward,” she says. “There’s so much around now that you have to make things that punch through. Shows that aren’t easily summed up are hard to sell. Even something like Last Tango In Halifax – it’s hard to put your finger on what it is, other than a family saga, which made it tough to get it commissioned. It would be even harder now. There isn’t much room for beautiful small work, unless you frame it in something else. Like Butterfly, which we did last year for ITV: essentially a small family story, but because it had the hot topic of a transitioning child, it felt bigger.” Shindler’s true gift is balancing those two key components, practicality and creativity. She is adamant that a producer must keep

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Happy Valley – Drama Series, with Sally Wainwright, Juliet Charlesworth, Neasa Hardiman Happy Valley – Drama Series, with Sally Wainwright, Karen Lewis, Euros Lyn, Last Tango in Halifax – Drama Series, with Sally Wainwright, Karen Lewis, Euros Lyn The Mark of Cain – Single Drama, with Tony Marchant, Lynn Horsford, Marc Munden Clocking Off – Drama Series, with Ann Harrison-Baxter, Paul Abbott Hillsborough – Single Drama, with Charles McDougall, Jimmy McGovern, Katy Jones

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Below: Last Tango in Halifax. Overleaf: Enjoying that winning feeling, 2017

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Prey – Mini Series, with Chris Lunt, Tom Sherry, Nick Murphy Clocking Off – Drama Series, with Juliet Charlesworth, Paul Abbott

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