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 both emerging and established 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 seven years. Highlights of this award-winning output include ‘Rev.’ (BBC2) and ‘Him & Her’ (BBC3) both winning the BAFTA for situation comedy in 2011 & 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; ‘Ambassadors’ with David Mitchell & Robert Webb on BBC Two; ‘Chickens’ with Simon Bird, Jonny Sweet and Joe Thomas on Sky1 and two hit series of ‘Threesome’ on 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, and ‘Raised By Wolves’ written by Caitlin and Caroline Moran which premiered on Channel 4 in March to rapturous reviews and very strong ratings, culminating in it being re-commissioned for a second series. This year also saw Big Talk’s first foray into studio sitcoms with new writers Patrick Carr and Paul McKenna which aired in June on Comedy Central. E4 ordered ‘Crashing’ from Big Talk & multi-award-winning actress and playwright Phoebe Waller-Bridge. ‘The Job Lot’ (starring Sarah Hadland and Russell Tovey) will be back on ITV2 for a third series this October and next year will see another exciting collaboration between Big Talk and award winning writer Stefan Golaszewski with ‘Mum’ for BBC Two.
Big Talk Productions 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 in 2014 for Best Multi-Channel Programme for its second series. ‘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 the major BBC1 drama series ‘Our Zoo’ garnered huge support from the viewers and received an excellent share of audience from the outset.
Most recently ITV Encore has commissioned a new 10-part supernatural crime drama, ‘Houdini & Doyle’, from Big Talk and its co-producing Canadian partner, Shaftesbury Films, which will premiere in the UK in 2016 distributed by Sony Pictures and released in the US by Fox. Big Talk is thrilled to be working on the project with House creator David Shore, his long-time collaborator David Hoselton, and leading Canadian screenwriter David Titcher. The series stars Stephen Mangan and Michael Weston.
This series sees the arrival of Ash, the new District Work Psychologist, Trish attempts fertility treatment, and Karl tries to appease a disgruntled jobseeker- cum-cowboy. There’s also a fake fire, a real fire, a strike, a kidnapping, a sex scandal, a theft, a hot Mediterranean and a death in Brownall. Teamwork makes the dream work!