Little Brother Productions

We are a television, film and radio production company making comedy, drama and animated programmes for UK networks and the international market. We work with some of the most exciting established and emerging writing talent in the UK.

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Nigel Planer and Jamie Rix came together in 1994 to form their first production company, Elephant Productions. They had come from similar backgrounds. Both had been involved in the world of TV comedy, Nigel as a performer and writer, Jamie as a producer and writer; and both wrote fiction, Nigel for adults and Jamie for children. It seemed a natural union.



Elephant Productions enjoyed great success producing comedies and animated shows largely written and conceived by Jamie and Nigel - Let’s Get Divorced with Jonathan and Libby Hughes, The Magic Roundabout documentary, Willo The Wisp, Animal School, Popskool and the multi-award winning Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids. In 2006, to complement the theme of their first drama commission for CBBC, The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury, they started a new company called Little Brother Productions. And in 2010, after Alistair Fury had won best Children’s Drama at the BAFTA Awards, Ben Rix joined them with a specific brief to develop drama projects written by some of the brightest emerging writers in the UK. This development process is ongoing with the company funding Little Brother’s Big Opportunity, a new writing initiative designed to give talented writers a start on television.

Please see our news for details of new initiatives.

Jamie Rix Jamie Rix

Born and raised in London, Jamie spent three years at the University of Kent reading English and Drama. He met his wife at Canterbury - Helen Middleton Murry, granddaughter of literary critic John Middleton Murry and daughter of Science Fiction author Richard Cowper. They were married in 1980. After struggling to make a living as an ASM at the Royal Court Theatre, while harbouring designs to direct, Jamie answered an advert in the Media Guardian and found himself working as a BBC Light Entertainment Radio producer where he was responsible for such shows as The Michael Bentine Show, The Wow Show, Weekending, and The History of Rock. Two Sony Awards and the Premios Ondas Award followed for his work on In One Ear and Radio Active. During this time he also won the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival with Writer’s Inc.



In 1986 he moved into television - producing, directing and writing for all the major British broadcasters on a wide range of programming: Smith & Jones was nominated for a BAFTA, Faith In The Future won a British Comedy Award and KYTV was awarded the Silver Rose of Montreux in 1992. He has since worked with Harry Hill, Jerry Sadowitz, Paul Merton, and as the producer of My Hero for BBC1. He is currently producing the Lee Mack comedy, Not Going Out which goes out in a prime-time slot on BBC1.


In 2012 he returned to BBC Radio 4 to direct and produce the comedy drama Gloomsbury, written by Sue Limb and starring Miriam Margolyes and Alison Steadman. He made the second series in 2013 and hopes to make more.

Jamie is also a prolific writer of children’s books. He started telling stories to his own children, scaring them to within an inch of their lives whenever possible, and then discovered that he could make a living at it. His books include Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids (4 volumes) and Grizzly Tales (8 volumes), The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury (six volumes), Johnny Casanova - The Unstoppable Sex Machine, The Changing Face of Johnny Casanova, www.fatherchristmas.con, The Dreaded Lurgie, A Stitch In Time, Free The Whales, One Hot Penguin, Mr Mumble’s Fabulous Flybrows, The Vile Smile, The Last Chocolate Biscuit, Looking After Murphy, Giddy Goat and Giddy The Great! And last year he wrote two titles for the Awesome Animals series – Panda Panic and Running Wild.


His last novel, The Incredible Luck of Alfie Pluck has been widely acclaimed and was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010. His latest novel is called At Home With The Robottoms and is still being written…

His highly successful series of cautionary tales, Grizzly Tales For Gruesome Kids won the Smarties Prize in 1990, and went on to spawn the animated series that ran on Citv and then Nickelodeon from 2006 to 2012. It won the Broadcast Award for Best Children’s TV Series in 2012.

As an animation writer and director he has not only written and produced Grizzly Tales For Gruesome Kids, Animal School for the BBC, and Willo The Wisp for Disney, but he has also written episodes of Dusty and Musty for Hit Entertainment, and two feature films for Little Brother, fatherchristmas.con and Dr Diabolo’s Night Marys. He created, wrote and produced the thirteen part live action comedy, The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury and is working on an animated series of Johnny Casanova and a feature adaptation of Alfie Pluck.

Nigel Planer Nigel Planer

Nigel’s association with Jamie Rix goes back twenty years. He has been the voice of many of Jamie’s books and animated series on radio, TV and audio-book; including Grizzly Tales, The Dreaded Lurgie, Animal School, Pop School and Johnny Casanova. Nigel’s other voice work includes countless audio-books for which Nigel has won AudioFile, Earphone and Sony awards; including Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, Adrian Mole, the Capuccino Years, and of course most of the Disc World books of Terry Prattchett. Nigel is also the voice behind Romuald the Reindeer (Siriol) and over a hundred episodes of the ‘New Magic Roundabout’ TV series (Channel 4) as well as being the script writer of that series and one of the writers on Magic Roundabout the Movie. (Pathe)

After studying African and Asian Studies at Sussex University and training as an actor at Lamda, Nigel became a co-founder of London’s Comedy Store and Comic Strip clubs and went on to star in the TV classics ‘The Young Ones’ and ‘The Comic Strip Presents’.

Although best known as a comedy actor, in programmes such as Filthy, Rich and Catlflap, The Grimleys, Bonjour La Classe, and Rollover Beethoven, Nigel has also played leading roles in many drama series and films, including Shine on Harvey Moon and Dennis Potter’s Blackeyes, Number 27, and Frankenstein’s Baby, as well as in new plays at the Young Vic, Bush, Yorkshire Playhouse, Traverse and Hampstead theatres. He has co-written episodes of King and Castle (with Andy de la Tour) and Funseekers (with Doug Lucie). He has also written two critically acclaimed novels - The Right Man, and Faking It - the best-selling A Good Enough Dad, and the spoof theatrical biography I, An Actor, (with Christopher Douglas) after which he went on star in many TV and radio programmes and a one-man show as the thespian, Nicholas Craig. His first play, On the Ceiling opened at Birmingham rep in 2005, transferred to the Garrick theatre, London, and became a radio 4 special in February 2009. His latest play Death of Long Pig premiered to critical success at the Finborough theatre in London, in the summer of 2009. In 2011 Nigel’s play The Magnificent Andrea was broadcast on Radio 4.



In the guise of Neil the hippy, Nigel has twice topped the British pop charts, gaining silver and gold discs and winning a Brit award in 1985. As part of the spoof Heavy Metal band “Bad News”, he made two albums produced by Brian May and played the Hammersmith Apollo and Donington and Reading Rock Festivals. He is currently starring in the West End as Grandpa Joe in ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. In 2010 Nigel played Wilbur Turnblad in ‘Hairspray’, and in 2006 he opened in the original London company of ‘Wicked’ in the role of ‘The Wizard’. He also starred in the original London production of ‘We Will Rock You’ at the Dominion theatre (2002) and the original West End casts of ‘Chicago’ (1997) and ‘Evita’ (1978) and the smash hit ‘Feelgood’ at the Garrick (2001).

Ben Rix Ben Rix

Ben is a producer who manages Little Brother Productions’ drama slate, developing original projects for tv, film and radio with some of the UK’s brightest emerging writing talent.

In 2013, Ben produced Mother of Him by Evan Placey for BBC Radio 3’s acclaimed drama strand The Wire, directed by Matthew Dunster and starring Madeleine Potter and David Harewood. In 2012, Ben produced the critically acclaimed You Can Still Make a Killing by Nicholas Pierpan at the Southwark Playhouse, directed by Matthew Dunster and starring, amongst others, Kellie Bright, Marianne Oldham, Alecky Blythe and Robert Gwilym. For You Can Still Make a Killing, Nicholas Pierpan won the 2013 Off West End Award for Most Promising New Playwright and was nominated for an Evening Standard Award.

In the past, Ben has written extensively for radio; written and directed the short film Flight, starring Pippa Haywood and Jonathan Coy; assisted David Aukin on Britz (C4) and Confessions of a Diary Secretary (ITV); and learned all about the production process on two series of Victoria Pile’s Green Wing (C4).

Having begun his television education at the age of sixteen on the set of The Jack Docherty Show (Channel Five), Ben graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of York in 2004.