Big Talk Productions is one of the UK’s leading television production companies, achieving an exceptional output of original scripted comedy and drama and maintaining its strong track record of nurturing talent over the last 25 years. The company began with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Edgar Wright and Nira Park’s cult television series Spaced. Since then, Big Talk has been named Broadcast’s ‘Indie Production Company of the Year’ and listed among their ‘Best Places to Work in TV’ in both 2017 and 2018, and was nominated for ‘Production Company of the Year’ at the 2018 Edinburgh TV Awards.
Big Talk is led by Chief Executive Kenton Allen and Managing Director Matthew Justice, who have pioneered BAFTA-winning output including three series of Rev. and Mum, and four of Him & Her. With the release of the first series of Back in 2017, Big Talk continued its collaboration with David Mitchell and Robert Webb following Ambassadors in 2013. Written by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning Simon Blackwell, Back is now back for a second series.
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. The series’ strong return, achieving the highest ratings since the pilot, secured a recommission for a sixth.
Big Talk’s commitment to the discovery and cultivation of new talent produced Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s debut TV series Crashing in 2016, written by and starring the now multi-award-winning writer. The launch of Daniel Lawrence Taylor’s debut comedy Timewasters in 2017 won him the RTS Breakthrough Award and a BAFTA-nomination for Best Scripted Comedy. The second series, which aired in March this year, has already garnered multiple nominations at the RTS North West Awards, MViSAs and Screen Nation Awards.
Big Talk continues to make its mark in drama programming, following A Young Doctor’s Notebook, Mr Sloane, Our Zoo, Houdini and Doyle, Bliss and two series of Youngers. In 2016, Big Talk achieved ITV’s biggest drama launch of the year with the relaunch of much-loved, BAFTA-winning Cold Feet following a thirteen-year hiatus. A subsequent three series have been commissioned: the second series won the RTS North West Award for Best Drama in 2018 and the third, which aired in January this year, achieved widespread critical acclaim. A second series of Living the Dream, a 6 x 60 U.S. set comedy-drama for Sky One, starring Phil Glenister and Lesley Sharp also aired January 2019. In September 2018, the company also forayed into entertainment with new comedy panel show, The Imitation Game, hosted by Alexander Armstrong, highly popular on ITV. Most recently a new BBC One drama with Stephen Merchant was announced, due to be filmed in Bristol next year.
In September 2019 Defending the Guilty, a new courtroom comedy written by Kieron Quirke and starring Will Sharpe and BAFTA-winner Katherine Parkinson, aired on BBC Two and was quickly recommissioned for a second series. Also announced was The Goes Wrong Show, Big Talk’s new commission from the BBC in partnership with Mischief Theatre involving a live audience, many a complex set and a lot of choreographed chaos.
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.
Defending The Guilty follows idealistic young pupil barrister Will Packham and his cynical boss Caroline as they navigate their way through the idiosyncrasies of the legal system. It’s bad enough having to deal with criminals, but when the overstretched crown prosecution service also conspires to trip you up, it’s hard to retain your sanity. And that’s without counting a barrister’s worst enemy: other barristers. Because when your reputation and salary depend on winning and winning alone, justice sometimes takes a back seat.
TUESDAYS AT 10PM ON BBC TWO
The Timewasters gang are back for more time-busting adventures. This time, the South London jazz band are transported back to the 1950s. They certainly make the most of post-war London. Nick starts his own jazz club and Jason discovers he’s a father – to a 32-year-old son, who Lauren is desperate to sleep with. Meanwhile Horace is developing romantic feelings too, for a woman who turns out to be a Russian spy. In an era of Cold War paranoia, the gang will have to stay on their toes if they want to get out alive.
MONDAYS AT 10PM ON ITV2