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. (BBC Two) and Him & Her (BBC Three) 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 (BBC Two) – 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 BBC One.
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 six-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.
Living The Dream is a comedy-drama about a British family, The Pembertons, who decide it’s time to leave grey, old England for good, and move themselves lock, stock and barrel to the Sunshine State of Florida. Mal’s bought a decaying RV Park for his business, Jen’s getting involved with the local desperate housewives, and the kids are plunged into High School.
THURSDAYS AT 9PM ON SKY ONE
Timewasters is a half-hour comedy about a struggling four-piece South London jazz band who travel back in time to the 1920s via a urine-sodden lift in a dilapidated block of flats. Stuck in the past after their ‘time machine’ malfunctions, our gang decide to explore Edwardian London, before quickly discovering that being young and black in the Jazz Age is a lot less genteel and a lot shadier than Downton Abbey had led them to believe.
MONDAYS AT 10PM ON ITV2