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Hat Trick Productions

Hat Trick Productions logo. Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

Hat Trick Productions is one of the UK's most successful independent production companies. It was founded in 1986 by Rory McGrath, Denise O'Donohue and Jimmy Mulville with an aim of making hit new comedy programmes.

Hat Trick's catalogue ranges from Game On to the topical Drop The Dead Donkey and Have I Got News For You, Father Ted, and the historical Chelmsford 123.

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Current productions

Status Medium Production Broadcaster Genre Summary
In development TV Ken Dodd. Doddy ITV Comedy Drama Comedy drama about Ken Dodd and his tax trial.
Returning TV Derry Girls. Image shows from L to R: Michelle Mallon (Jamie-Lee O'Donnell), James Maguire (Dylan Llewellyn), Erin Quinn (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), Orla McCool (Louisa Harland), Clare Devlin (Nicola Coughlan). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions. Derry Girls C4 Sitcom A warm, funny and honest look at the lives of ordinary people living under the spectre of the Troubles, all seen through the eyes of a local teenager.
Returning TV Kate & Koji. Image shows from L to R: Kate (Brenda Blethyn), Koji (Jimmy Akingbola). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions. Kate & Koji ITV Sitcom Sitcom about the owner of a seaside café, and an asylum-seeking African doctor.

Notable archive productions

Medium Production Broadcaster Genre Summary
TV Have I Got News For You. Image shows from L to R: Ian Hislop, Paul Merton. Have I Got News For You BBC1 Panel Show Long-running topical panel game with a strong political slant, featuring team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton.
TV Hypothetical. Image shows from L to R: James Acaster, Josh Widdicombe. Copyright: Hat Trick Productions. Hypothetical Dave Panel Show Josh Widdicombe and James Acaster host a panel show testing two teams of comedians on their ability to deal with a series of ridiculous scenarios.
Radio Dave Podmore. Dave 'Pod' Podmore (Christopher Douglas). Dave Podmore Radio 4 Sitcom Mockumentary series following English cricket's most celebrated bits-and-pieces county cricketer.
Radio Simon Callow. Plum House Radio 4 Sitcom Radio sitcom about a country house that is failing to attract tourists.
TV Episodes. Image shows from L to R: Beverly Lincoln (Tamsin Greig), Matt LeBlanc (Matt LeBlanc), Sean Lincoln (Stephen Mangan). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions / BBC. Episodes BBC2 Sitcom Anglo-American sitcom about a British couple who try to recreate their UK sitcom hit for American audiences with disastrous results.
TV Room 101. Frank Skinner. Copyright: Hat Trick Productions. Room 101 BBC1 Panel Show Frank Skinner hosts Room 101, where celebrities compete in a series of themed rounds to get their most hated item banished forever.
TV Outnumbered. Image shows from L to R: Ben (Daniel Roche), Pete (Hugh Dennis), Jake (Tyger Drew-Honey), Karen (Ramona Marquez), Sue (Claire Skinner). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions. Outnumbered BBC1 Sitcom A semi-improvised sitcom based around a young family in London, starring Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner.
Radio Before They Were Famous. Before They Were Famous Radio 4 Sketch Show Spoof Radio 4 documentary which sheds light on the often surprising jobs done by the world's best known writers.
TV The Revolution Will Be Televised. Image shows from L to R: Jolyon Rubinstein, Heydon Prowse. The Revolution Will Be Televised BBC3 Sketch Show Heydon Prowse and Jolyon Rubinstein take on celebrities, bankers, politicians and others in a satirical prank series.
TV Some Girls. Image shows from L to R: Viva (Adelayo Adedayo), Holli (Natasha Jonas), Saz (Mandeep Dhillon), Amber (Alice Felgate). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions. Some Girls BBC3 Sitcom Comedy about four 16-year-old female best-friends struggling through life, love, family and school.
TV The Armstrong & Miller Show. Image shows from L to R: Alexander Armstrong, Ben Miller. The Armstrong & Miller Show BBC1 Sketch Show Hit sketch show starring Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller. Characters include a pair of immature RAF pilots and a rude musical hall duo.
TV Room 101. Paul Merton. Copyright: Hat Trick Productions / BBC. Room 101 BBC1 Chat Show What do you really dislike? In Room 101, celebrities have the chance to get rid of their personal hates forever.
Radio Trevor's World Of Sport. Image shows from L to R: Trevor Heslop (Neil Pearson), Sammy (Paul Reynolds). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions. Trevor's World Of Sport Radio 4 Sitcom Sitcom about sports agent Trevor Heslop and his struggle to cope with with work and family. Continuation of the TV series of the same name.
TV The Kumars At No. 42. Image shows from L to R: Ummi (Meera Syal), Sanjeev Kumar (Sanjeev Bhaskar), Dad (Vincent Ebrahim), Mum (Indira Joshi). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions. The Kumars At No. 42 BBC1 Chat Show Comedy chat show set in the living room of host Sanjeev Kumar, surrounded by his quirky and typically British-Asian family.
TV The Worst Week Of My Life. Image shows from L to R: Howard (Ben Miller), Mel (Sarah Alexander). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions. The Worst Week Of My Life BBC1 Sitcom A sitcom following Howard Steel, a man who manages to get into all kind of embarrasing scrapes.
TV Bedtime. Image shows from L to R: Andrew Oldfield (Timothy West), Alice Oldfield (Sheila Hancock). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions. Bedtime BBC1 Sitcom Comedy series written by Andy Hamilton, set in various bedrooms during the last half hour of the day.
TV Drop The Dead Donkey. Image shows from L to R: Henry Davenport (David Swift), George Dent (Jeff Rawle), Helen Cooper (Ingrid Lacey), Sally Smedley (Victoria Wicks), Damien Day (Stephen Tompkinson), Gus Hedges (Robert Duncan), Joy Merryweather (Susannah Doyle), Damien Day (Stephen Tompkinson). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions. Drop The Dead Donkey C4 Sitcom Sitcom set at GlobeLink News, a TV news station which is ordered to start taking a sensationalist stance to the news by its new owner.
TV Father Ted. Image shows from L to R: Father Dougal McGuire (Ardal O'Hanlon), Father Ted Crilly (Dermot Morgan), Mrs Doyle (Pauline McLynn), Father Jack Hackett (Frank Kelly). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions. Father Ted C4 Sitcom Fathers Ted Crilly, Dougal McGuire and Jack Hackett are the inept priests of Craggy Island, banished from the mainland in various circumstances.
TV Game On. Image shows from L to R: Martin Henson (Matthew Cottle), Mandy Wilkins (Samantha Janus), Matthew Malone (Neil Stuke). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions. Game On BBC2 Sitcom Flat-share sitcom about the lives of three twenty-somethings whose lives aren't getting any better.
TV Whose Line Is It Anyway?. Image shows from L to R: Tony Slattery, Clive Anderson, Colin Mochrie, Caroline Quentin, Ryan Stiles. Copyright: Hat Trick Productions. Whose Line Is It Anyway? C4 Panel Show Popular 1990s improvisational comedy show presented by Clive Anderson.

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Comedy title launches

Year Medium Genre Production
2020 TV Sitcom Kate & Koji
2019 Radio Comedy God's Work
2019 TV Panel Show Hypothetical
2019 TV Sitcom Warren
2019 Radio Sitcom We've Got A Pill For That
2018 TV Sitcom Derry Girls
2018 TV Comedy Football Genius
2018 Radio Stand-Up Rob Newman's Total Eclipse Of Descartes
2018 Radio Sitcom The Taylors
2017 Radio Sketch Show Austentatious
2017 TV Sitcom Election Spy
2017 Radio Sitcom Lobby Land
2017 TV Sketch Show Revolting
2017 Radio Stand-Up Rob Newman's Neuropolis
2017 TV Panel Show The Fake News Show
2016 TV Sketch Show Brexageddon?!
2016 Online Sitcom Limbo
2016 TV Sitcom Power Monkeys
2016 Radio Sitcom The King's Men
2016 Radio Sketch Show The World Of Simon Rich
2015 TV Sitcom Ballot Monkeys
2015 Radio Stand-Up Robert Newman's Entirely Accurate Encyclopaedia Of Evolution
2015 Radio Sitcom Sisters
2014 TV Sitcom Boomers
2014 TV Sketch Show OtherwOrld
2014 Radio Sitcom Plum House
2014 TV Chat Show The Kumars
2013 TV Comedy Drama Eggbox
2013 TV Sketch Show Going Native
2013 TV Comedy Drama Great Night Out
2013 Radio Stand-Up Sabotage
2013 TV Sitcom You, Me & Them
2012 Radio Sketch Show Before They Were Famous
2012 TV Sitcom Hacks
2012 TV Sitcom Just Around The Corner
2012 TV Comedy Drama Nixon's The One
2012 TV Chat Show Ronna & Beverly
2012 TV Panel Show Room 101
2012 TV Sitcom Some Girls
2012 TV Sketch Show The Revolution Will Be Televised
2012 TV Chat Show Verry Terry
2011 TV Documentary Father Ted: Unintelligent Design
2011 TV Documentary Small, Far Away - The World Of Father Ted
2011 TV Sitcom Spy
2011 Radio Panel Show The Back End Of Next Week
2011 TV Sitcom The Royal Bodyguard
2010 TV Sketch Show Facejacker
2010 TV Sketch Show Happy Finish
2010 TV Panel Show The Bubble
2009 TV Panel Show It's Only A Theory
2009 TV Sitcom Kröd Mändoon And The Flaming Sword Of Fire
2009 TV Sitcom Mark's Brilliant Blog
2008 TV Comedy Drama Mutual Friends
2008 TV Sitcom Torn Up Tales
2007 TV Comedy News Knight With Sir Trevor McDonald
2007 TV Sitcom Outnumbered
2006 TV Comedy Drama Drop Dead Gorgeous
2006 TV Sketch Show Fonejacker
2005 TV Sitcom Bromwell High
2004 TV Sitcom The Worst Week Of My Life
2003 TV Sitcom Trevor's World Of Sport
2001 TV Sitcom Bedtime
2001 Radio Sitcom Dave Podmore
2001 TV Chat Show The Kumars At No. 42
1999 TV Sitcom Boyz Unlimited
1997 TV Comedy Drama Mr White Goes To Westminster
1996 TV Comedy Drama Lord Of Misrule
1995 TV Comedy Drama A Very Open Prison
1995 TV Sitcom Father Ted
1995 TV Sitcom Game On
1995 TV Sitcom The Peter Principle
1992 TV Sitcom The Big One
1991 TV Sketch Show Paul Merton - The Series
1990 TV Sitcom Drop The Dead Donkey
1990 TV Sketch Show Harry Enfield's Television Programme
1990 TV Panel Show Have I Got News For You
1989 TV Sitcom Norbert Smith - A Life
1988 TV Sitcom Chelmsford 123
1988 TV Sitcom This Is David Lander
TV Sitcom Marvin Can't Fail
TV Sitcom Stuck
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