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’ (Channel 4), now in its fourth series which aired in July 2016.
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 recommissioned 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 and was recommissioned for another series to be released in 2017.
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). Big Talk also relaunched the much loved, BAFTA award-winning ‘Cold Feet’ for ITV, with creator Mike Bullen and the original cast returning. To date the show is ITV’s biggest drama launch of 2016 with an audience of 8.4 million and a 33% total audience share and has been recommissioned for another series which goes into production this spring.
Alongside Big Talk’s recommissioned successes, 2017 promises brand new comedy and drama including ‘Back’, an acerbic new comedy written by Emmy-award winning Simon Blackwell (Veep, In The Loop, Peep Show). Starring the inimitable and award-winning David Mitchell and Robert Webb (Peep Show, That Mitchell and Webb Look) ‘Back’ has been commissioned for a full 6 x 30 series for Channel 4. Big Talk is also co-producing a new 6-part comedy series with Merman for Sky Atlantic called ‘Bliss’, written and directed by acclaimed US writer/director/performer David Cross (Arrested Development) starring Stephen Mangan, Heather Graham and Jo Hartley.
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.
It’s been over ten years and although many things have changed, deep down they haven’t. Older, but not necessarily wiser, the gang are reunited when Adam returns from Singapore to announce his impending marriage to Angela Zubayr. Adam hopes to chivvy his friends together to attend his wedding but not everyone is as thrilled as he is. Without his friends’ blessing is there a chance that Adam could get COLD FEET…?