Big Talk Productions is one of the UK’s leading television production companies, having just been nominated for ‘Production Company of the Year’ at the 2018 Edinburgh TV Awards. In 2017, Big Talk was named Broadcast’s ‘Indie Production Company of the Year’ as well as one of the ‘Best Places to Work in TV’ in both 2017 and 2018. Over the last twenty years Big Talk has enjoyed an exceptional output of outstanding original scripted television comedy and drama with a track record of nurturing talent; the company began with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Edgar Wright and Nira Park’s cult television series ‘Spaced’.
Big Talk is led by Chief Executive Kenton Allen, Managing Director Matthew Justice and Founder Nira Park, who have pioneered award-winning output including three series of ‘Rev.’ and four of ‘Him & Her’, both BAFTA winners for situation comedy in 2011 and 2014 respectively. BAFTA-nominated and Rose d’Or-winning ‘Friday Night Dinner’, written by Robert Popper, became Big Talk’s longest running comedy when it aired its fifth series in May 2018.
With its roots in comedy, Big Talk has produced a huge amount of output including shows such as ‘Cockroaches’ for ITV2, three series of ‘The Job Lot’ for ITV and ‘Brotherhood’ for Comedy Central. Rose d’Or winner ‘Raised By Wolves’, written by Caitlin and Caroline Moran, ran for two series on Channel 4, with a US version being created by Oscar-winning writer Diablo Cody.
Big Talk stormed into 2016 with ‘Crashing’ for Channel 4, written by and starring multi-award-winning actress and playwright Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve). This was followed by ‘Mum’ for BBC Two – the continuing collaboration between Big Talk and ‘Him & Her’ creator Stefan Golaszewski and starring Oscar-nominated Lesley Manville – which made its critically-lauded debut, winning BAFTA, Broadcast and BPG awards before being recommissioned for not one, but two more series.
2017 saw the launch of ‘Back’, written by the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-award-winning Simon Blackwell. Starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb, the 6 x 30′ series for Channel 4/Sundance, aired in autumn to huge critical praise. Six-part comedy series ‘Just A Couple’, written, created and directed by Sebastian Thiel, streamed on BBC Three’s online platform in spring 2017. Daniel Lawrence Taylor won the RTS Breakthrough Award for writing and starring in his debut comedy ‘Timewasters’ for ITV2. Timewasters has since been nominated by BAFTA for Best Scripted Comedy and Daniel received a further nomination for Best Breakthrough Talent at the Edinburgh TV Awards.
Big Talk has continued to make its mark in drama programming after ‘A Young Doctor’s Notebook’, starring Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe for Sky Arts, won a Broadcast Award for Best Multi-Channel Programme. Alongside this were two series of ‘Youngers’ for E4 and ‘Mr Sloane’ from Emmy-award-winning writer and director Robert Weide for Sky Atlantic. ‘Our Zoo’, a period family drama written by Oscar-nominated Matt Charman, aired on BBC One and ‘Houdini and Doyle’, from House creator David Shore, aired on ITV Encore.
After a thirteen-year hiatus, Big Talk relaunched the much-loved, BAFTA-winning ‘Cold Feet’, which became ITV’s biggest drama launch of 2016 with an audience of 8.4 million and a 33% total audience share, prompting another two series to be commissioned. In 2017, Jeremy Brock’s 90’ single drama ‘Diana & I’ premiered on BBC Two, followed by ‘Living The Dream’, a 6 x 60′ U.S.-set comedy-drama starring Phil Glenister and Lesley Sharp, aired on Sky One.
2018 will see much of 2017’s slate returning. Recommissions include ‘Cold Feet’, ‘Living The Dream’, ‘Back’, ‘Timewasters’ and ‘Mum’. New comedy-drama ‘Bliss’, written and directed by acclaimed US writer/director/performer David Cross and starring Stephen Mangan, Heather Graham and Jo Hartley, aired on Sky Atlantic in February. BBC Two commissioned ‘Defending The Guilty’, a new courtroom comedy written by Kieron Quirke (Cuckoo) and starring Will Sharpe and BAFTA-winner Katherine Parkinson. Big Talk’s new comedy panel show, ‘The Imitation Game’, hosted by Alexander Armstrong, sees Rory Bremner and Debra Stephenson go head-to-head as team captains in a game of celebrity impressions for ITV.
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.
Friday Night Dinner returns to Channel 4 with a fifth helping of six tasty new episodes. Once again, brothers Adam (Simon Bird) and Jonny (Tom Rosenthal) return to Mum and Dad’s house (Tamsin Greig and Paul Ritter) for a Friday night dinner of soup, chicken and crimble-crumble – plus massive side-orders of wind-ups and bickering.
FRIDAY 4 MAY AT 10PM ON CHANNEL 4
Mum is a sitcom following Cathy, a woman rebuilding her life after the death of her husband.
Set across a year, starting with her sixtieth birthday and ending on Bonfire Night, the second series sees Cathy’s relationship with her friend Michael grow and her son plan to move out as a decision needs to be made.