British Comedy Guide


TalkbackThames, owned by FremantleMedia, was created by merging Talkback Productions (founded by Griff Rhys Jones and Mel Smith) with Thames Television in 2003.

Both companies had strong histories of creating successful sitcoms, with their combined catalogue including I'm Alan Partridge, Green Wing, George & Mildred and Bless This House.

From 1st January 2012, Fremantle de-merged the two into separate brands: Thames concentrating on entertainment formats, and Talkback on scripted comedy.

Current productions

Status Medium Production Broadcaster Genre Summary
Current Radio Rufus Hound. My Teenage Diary Radio 4 Chat Show Radio 4 series in which guests read embarrassing extracts from their teenage diaries. Hosted by Rufus Hound.
Current TV QI. Image shows from L to R: Alan Davies, Sandi Toksvig. Copyright: TalkbackThames. QI BBC2 Panel Show Panel game that contains lots of difficult questions and a large amount of quite interesting facts.
Returning TV Celebrity Juice. Image shows from L to R: Emily Atack, Leigh Francis, Laura Whitmore. Celebrity Juice ITV2 Panel Show ITV2 panel show hosted by Leigh Francis as Keith Lemon, focused on the world of celebrity and silly games.
Returning TV Never Mind The Buzzcocks. Image shows from L to R: Noel Fielding, Greg Davies, Daisy May Cooper, Jamali Maddix. Never Mind The Buzzcocks Sky Max Panel Show Panel game based on the world of rock and pop music, featuring comedians and musicians.

Notable archive productions

Medium Production Broadcaster Genre Summary
TV The IT Crowd. Image shows from L to R: Moss (Richard Ayoade), Jen (Katherine Parkinson), Roy (Chris O'Dowd). Copyright: TalkbackThames. The IT Crowd C4 Sitcom Sitcom set in a computer support department. The staff are IT geeks Roy and Moss, and their boss Jen, who knows nothing about computers.
TV Minder. Image shows from L to R: Arthur Daley (George Cole), Terry (Dennis Waterman). Minder ITV Comedy Drama Long-running comedy drama about the London criminal underworld, focusing on dodgy entrepreneur Arthur Daley and his 'minder', Terry.
TV They Think It's All Over. Image shows from L to R: Gary Lineker, Rory McGrath, Nick Hancock, David Gower. They Think It's All Over BBC1 Panel Show Sports-based panel show hosted by Nick Hancock. Regulars included David Gower, Gary Lineker, Rory McGrath and Jonathan Ross.
TV Monkey Dust. Copyright: TalkbackThames. Monkey Dust BBC3 Sketch Show Dark, satirical cartoon sketch show unafraid to cover issues such as suicide, bestiality and paedophilia.

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Comedy title launches

Year Medium Genre Production
2012 TV Variety Keith Lemon's LemonAid
2010 TV Chat Show Richard Bacon's Beer & Pizza Club
2010 TV Panel Show The King Is Dead
2009 TV Comedy Drama Monday Monday
2009 Radio Chat Show My Teenage Diary
2009 TV Sitcom Toyboize
2008 TV Panel Show Celebrity Juice
2008 TV Comedy Thank God You're Here
2008 TV Sketch Show The Sick Animation Show
2007 TV Sitcom Ladies And Gentlemen
2006 TV Sitcom The Complete Guide To Parenting
2006 TV Sitcom The IT Crowd
2005 TV Sitcom Nathan Barley
2003 TV Sitcom Hardware
2003 TV Sketch Show Monkey Dust
2003 TV Panel Show QI
1997 TV Comedy Brass Eye
1994 TV Sitcom Knowing Me, Knowing You... With Alan Partridge
1994 TV Sketch Show The Day Today
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