Big Talk Productions is one of the UK’s leading film and 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, and multi-award nominee ‘Friday Night Dinner’ which has just completed production on its fourth series.
In 2015, Big Talk produced ‘Cockroaches’ (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 returned to ITV2 for a third series, and ‘Brotherhood’, from new writers Patrick Carr and Paul McKenna was broadcast on Comedy Central.
Another big hit from 2015 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’ returned to screens in March 2016 on Channel 4. A US version is being created by Oscar winning writer Diablo Cody.
Big Talk also 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. And in May, ‘Mum’ (BBC2) – the continuing collaboration between Big Talk and ‘Him & Her’ creator Stefan Golaszewski – made its critically-lauded debut.
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 saw 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). The crime series starred Stephen Mangan and Michael Weston, and was 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 in 2016.
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.
MUM is a family sitcom seen through the eyes of Cathy. We follow a year in her life as she moves on from the death of her husband. Starting with the family gathering for the funeral in January and ending on New Year’s Eve, we watch them through the major and minor events of a year. It’s the story of a woman finding who she is again and maybe, if she could only see it, finding love second time around.