An independent production company established to create beautifully crafted television, film and digital content for the UK and beyond.

Our broadcast series, digital content and feature documentary work has won broad critical acclaim and several major awards.






Our popular heritage format was devised by Marcus Stephenson and commissioned as a 6 x 60 minute series by Channel 4 and first aired on More 4 in 2016 (click the image to view on Channel 4 catch up).


The series explores the creation of Britain's priceless historic homes to reveal how they were built - and how much they cost in today's money, and with unprecedented access to the archives - and historic bills - of the very finest buildings in Britain from Longleat House and Castle Howard to Woburn Abbey and Blenheim Palace.

Taking each house back to the drawing board, Phil is given unprecedented access into fascinating stately home archives, to reveal the incredible ambition of the house’s creators, as well as the monumental quantities of materials, labour - and money - involved in turning their flights of fancy into bricks and mortar.

The series received excellent reviews and rated well above slot average and following this success we were delighted to have been recommissioned by Channel 4 to make a second series which aired on More 4 in early 2018 and in a prestigious Sunday evening prime time slot on Channel 4 in the Autumn. 


This year Channel 4 ordered a third season currently in production in 2019 which will air in early 2020, which will feature some of the most exceptional stately homes yet...

Our first feature documentary Children of the Snow Land tells the story of children born in the High Himalayas of Nepal who have to leave their families behind for a chance of a better life through education.

Spending up to 12 years at a residential school in the capital Kathmandu, the children can not see nor speak to their parents, due to the remoteness of their villages.

Upon graduation, aged 16, the children trek home, an arduous and lengthy journey across mountains that takes them to the highest inhabited place on the planet; a faraway, off-grid land where the way of life has not changed for thousands of years, and where their parents are waiting to see their children.  


Children of the Snow Land documents their moving and humbling journey home.

The film is produced and directed by Mayfly's Marcus Stephenson and Zara Balfour (Picture on the Wall). The film highlights the plight of children who pay a very high price for education and hopes to improve their situation.

Having received critical acclaim at international film festivals with many 'Best Film' awards, the film premiered at the Curzon Soho in London on March 14, followed by other cinemas.  A one hour version for broadcast television was bought by Arte in France as well as channels in Taiwan and Poland and was recently shortlisted for the prestigious Grierson Award for Best Cinema Documentary 2019.   

The film is also touring schools in both the UK and Nepal as part of the project's social goals to help Nepalese children to have an education without sacrificing all contact with family; and providing inspiration and perspective for children at school in the UK.

Bear Grylls says: "An incredibly inspiring story from the roof of the world where families struggle and sacrifice everything to help their children…"

Joanna Lumley says: "This is a stunning film: and I hope it will prompt generous donations towards a better system of pastoral care in this awesome Himalayan region.”

Sir Chris Bonington says: "Congratulations on your wonderful film. I greatly appreciate how valuable your work is and do hope your film leads to generous donations for the wonderful work you are doing to promote better pastoral care in these remote himalayan areas."

Our original food format, celebrating the diversity of British home cooking and revealing relationships in the heat of the kitchen and family life around the dinner table.  Devised by Marcus Stephenson, commissioned by Channel 4 Television in May 2014, the format was licensed internationally to Fremantle Media and Network Ten Australia.

Mayfly also has several, innovative new series in development and a pilot of a brand new show for Channel 4 about to hit the screens this autumn!...



Marcus Stephenson

Creative Director

Marcus is a multi award winning Creative Director with 19 years experience in broadcast television and branded communication and a passion for innovative, well crafted and entertaining factual television. Several of his original broadcast concepts have been commissioned by major broadcasters and there are lots more in the pipeline.


This year Marcus completed a feature length documentary ‘Children of the Snowland’ co produced /directed with Zara Balfour.  The film took 4 years to complete and follows the heart rending homecoming stories of a group of children from the upper Himalayas who have spent their entire childhood away from home for an education in the city. The film has won many 'Best Film' awards and had a cinema premiere at Curzon Soho in spring 2019, followed by excellent reviews in the mainstream press; recently the film was shortlisted for the prestigious Grierson Award for Best Cinema Documentary.


 Email  |  marcus@mayflytv.com

Richard Batty

Managing Director

Richard has 30 years experience production experience as an AD, PM  & Producer encompassing TV commercials, Features and Factual.  In 2005 he set up Wilder an award winning, Televisual Top 50 corporate and branded content production company with clients including UCL, Visit Britain, Microsoft, Premier League, Network Rail, and Cancer Research.


Since joining Mayfly Television as MD, Richard and the team at Wilder have been working with Marcus and Ruby developing a slate of new format ideas for UK and US commissioners.

Email  |  richard@mayflytv.com

Victoria Phelan

Senior Production Manager/Line Producer

Victoria is an experienced Snr Production Manager/Line Producer in Fact Ent, Features, Documentary and Observational Documentary, 


Credits includes Series Two - Phil Spencer Stately Homemaking, Britain’s Spending Secrets, Filming My Father:In Life and Death, Trauma Doctors, World’s Maddest Job Interview.


Victoria is adept at creating and running complex schedules, recruitment, risk assessing, insurance, copyright, legal and compliance and runs a brilliantly tight ship on Mayfly productions!

Email victoria@mayflytv.com




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