British Comedy Guide

Talkback Productions

Talkback Productions - often styled TalkBack - was formed in 1981 by Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones and made a string of comedy hits. In 2003 it was bought by FremantleMedia, the owners of Thames Television. Fremantle merged the two, forming TalkbackThames.

Notable archive productions

Medium Production Broadcaster Genre Summary
TV Smack The Pony. Image shows from L to R: Fiona Allen, Sally Phillips, Doon Mackichan. Smack The Pony C4 Sketch Show Stylish, original and uninhibited Emmy award-winning sketch show starring Fiona Allen, Doon Mackichan and Sally Phillips.
TV The 11 O'Clock Show. The 11 O'Clock Show C4 Sketch Show Satirical comedy series. The critically-acclaimed series gave a number of the UK's best known comedians their first TV experience.
Radio Blue Jam. Chris Morris. Copyright: Talkback Productions. Blue Jam Radio 1 Sketch Show Dark, disturbing and ambient Sony Award winning sketch show written by and starring Chris Morris. Broadcast on Radio 1 in the late 1990s.
TV Murder Most Horrid. Image shows from L to R: Tiffany Drapes (Dawn French), Tiffany's Mother (Thelma Barlow). Murder Most Horrid BBC2 Comedy Drama Comic horror anthology series starring Dawn French in a variety of different roles.
TV Smith & Jones BBC1 Sketch Show Sketch show starring Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones.
Film Wilt. Image shows from L to R: Flint (Mel Smith), Wilt (Griff Rhys Jones). Copyright: London Weekend Television. Wilt Film Comedy adapted from Tom Sharpe's celebrated novel about a teacher in a difficult marriage.

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Comedy title launches

Year Medium Genre Production
2020 Radio Comedy Help! My Head's In Wookey Hole
2004 TV Sitcom Green Wing
2003 TV Sitcom Anglian Lives - Alan Partridge
2002 TV Comedy Look Around You
2000 TV Sketch Show Jam
1999 TV Sitcom Los Dos Bros
1999 TV Sketch Show Smack The Pony
1998 TV Sketch Show Big Train
1997 Radio Sketch Show Blue Jam
1997 TV Sitcom I'm Alan Partridge
1994 TV Sitcom Paris
1993 TV Sitcom Bonjour La Classe
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