Big Talk Productions is one of the UK’s leading television production companies. It has enjoyed an exceptional output of outstanding original scripted television comedy and drama, and a track record of nurturing talent since the company began with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Edgar Wright and Nira Park’s cult television series ‘Spaced’. Big Talk has enjoyed many successes over the years, including being named ‘Production Company of the Year’ at the 2014 Edinburgh TV Festival Awards.
Led by Chief Executive Kenton Allen, Managing Director Matthew Justice and Founder Nira Park, the company has expanded significantly over the last eight years. Highlights of this award-winning output include ‘Rev.’ (BBC2) and ‘Him & Her’ (BBC3) both winning the BAFTA for situation comedy in 2011 and 2014. Big Talk has an exceptional roster of comedy shows including multi-award nominee ‘Friday Night Dinner’ with three series on Channel 4 to date and a fourth in production; ‘Ambassadors’ with David Mitchell and Robert Webb (BBC2); ‘Chickens’ with Simon Bird, Jonny Sweet and Joe Thomas (Sky1) and two hit series of ‘Threesome’ (Comedy Central).
2015 launched ‘Cockroaches’ on ITV2, a comedy series set in a post-apocalyptic world, written by Freddy Syborn (co-writer of Bad Education) and starring Daniel Lawrence Taylor, Esther Smith and Jack Whitehall. ‘The Job Lot’, starring Sarah Hadland and Russell Tovey also returned to ITV2 for a third series, and ‘Brotherhood’, from new writers Patrick Carr and Paul McKenna broadcast on Comedy Central.
Another big hit from last year was ‘Raised By Wolves’, written by Caitlin and Caroline Moran, which was re-commissioned for a second series after it premiered to rapturous reviews and ratings. The family from ‘Wolvo’ will return to screens in March 2016 on Channel 4.
Big Talk stormed into 2016 with ‘Crashing’, written by and starring multi-award-winning actress and playwright Phoebe Waller-Bridge, which aired on Channel 4 to rave reviews. ‘Mum’, the wonderful collaboration between Big Talk and award-winning writer Stefan Golaszewski for BBC Two will also make an exciting debut. The next few months will continue to be a hugely exciting time as Big Talk have two new comedy pilots currently in production.
Big Talk also continues to make its mark in drama programming. ‘A Young Doctor’s Notebook’ (Sky Arts), starring Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe won a Broadcast Award for Best Multi-Channel Programme. ‘Youngers’ (E4) proved to be a big hit and also returned for a second series. ‘Mr Sloane’ starring Nick Frost and Olivia Colman launched on Sky Atlantic from Emmy-award winning writer and director Robert Weide, and from the Oscar nominated Matt Charman came the drama series ‘Our Zoo’, which broadcast on BBC1.
2016 sees the launch of 10 x 60 supernatural detective series ‘Houdini and Doyle’ from House creator David Shore, his long-time collaborator David Hoselton and leading Canadian screenwriter David Titcher, directed by Stephen Hopkins (Californication, 24). This crime series stars Stephen Mangan and Michael Weston, and is an Anglo Canadian co-production for ITV, Fox (USA) and Shaw (Canada). Big Talk is also bringing back the much-loved and BAFTA award-winning drama series ‘Cold Feet’ to ITV with creator Mike Bullen and the original cast for broadcast later this year.
Big Talk continues to work with some of the most exciting voices in both the UK and the US to bring fresh, dynamic, authored stories to screen.
London, turn of the last century.
For the first time in human history, everything is changing and there’s a growing belief that science can explain it all, including the mysteries of death itself. Enter two of the great characters of the last 100-odd years – Harry Houdini, master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker – and Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the greatest detective of all time, a man who brought to life the ultimate rationalist and a man who believes in faeries. They grudgingly join forces to investigate crime; specifically crimes that appear to have, and may indeed have, a supernatural slant.