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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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Gloomsbury III Gloomsbury III

6 x 30 minute comedy
BBC Radio 4, 2014

Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, Morwenna Banks, Jonathan Coy, Nigel Planer and John Sessions return to breathe life into a host of familiar characters including Vera Sackcloth-Vest, Ginny Fox, DH Lollipop and Venus Traduces. And some new characters join the hedonistic happenings including socialites Lady Utterline Amoral and Mrs Wallis Simpelton, poet Gertrude Klein and a rather free and easy Prince of Wales.

Written by Sue Limb, the first two series of Gloomsbury were transmitted on Radio 4 to great critical and popular acclaim. An affectionate send up of the literary group whose private and professional pursuits dominated the cultural scene in the early 20th century, the series continues the adventures of Vera Sackcloth-Vest and her close-knit coterie of writers, poets and artists.

The cast of Gloomsbury. Clockwise from top left: Jonathan Coy, John Sessions, Morwenna Banks, Alison Steadman, Nigel Planer and Miriam Margolyes.
The cast of Gloomsbury. Clockwise from top left: Jonathan Coy, John Sessions, Morwenna Banks, Alison Steadman, Nigel Planer and Miriam Margolyes.
Written by
Sue Limb
Producer
Jamie Rix
Director
Jamie Rix

Cast

Vera Sackcloth-Vest Miriam Margolyes
Henry Mickleton Jonathan Coy
Ginny Fox Alison Steadman
Lionel Fox Nigel Planer
Venus Traduces Morwenna Banks
DH Lollipop John Sessions

Gloomsbury II Gloomsbury II

6 x 30 minute comedy
BBC Radio 4, 2014

Second series of the riotous comedy about the Bloomsbury Group.

Written by Sue Limb, Gloomsbury II is an affectionate send up of the infamous literary group whose arty and adulterous adventures dominated the cultural scene in the early 20th century. This second series continues to follow the fortunes of Vera Sackcloth-Vest (Margolyes), writer, gardener and transvestite, and her amorous antics among her close-knit coterie of writers, poets and artists.

The cast of Gloomsbury II. Clockwise from top left: Jonathan Coy, John Sessions, Morwenna Banks, Alison Steadman, Roger Lloyd Pack and Miriam Margolyes.
The cast of Gloomsbury II. Clockwise from top left: Jonathan Coy, John Sessions, Morwenna Banks, Alison Steadman, Roger Lloyd Pack and Miriam Margolyes.
Written by
Sue Limb
Producer
Jamie Rix
Director
Jamie Rix

Cast

Vera Sackcloth-Vest Miriam Margolyes
Henry Mickleton Jonathan Coy
Ginny Fox Alison Steadman
Lionel Fox Roger Lloyd Pack
Venus Traduces Morwenna Banks
DH Lollipop John Sessions

Mother of Him Mother of Him

1 x 60 minute drama
BBC Radio 3, The Wire, 2013

When her teenage son Matthew is charged with raping three women in one night on a university campus, Brenda Kapowitz fights for him to be sentenced as a child and finds herself in the spotlight. With Matthew under house arrest and the press camped outside of her home intent on depicting her as the real criminal, Brenda fights to balance work, the care of her youngest son, 8 year-old Jason, and to stay in control. When her estranged ex-husband turns up, intent on taking Jason away, Brenda is pushed to breaking point.

Set over the eight nights of the Jewish festival of Hannukah, Mother of Him by Evan Placey is about how far a mother’s love can stretch and at what cost.

David Harewood as Steven and Madeleine Potter as Brenda
David Harewood as Steven and Madeleine Potter as Brenda
Written by
Evan Placey
Director
Matthew Dunster
Producer
Ben Rix
Sound Engineer
Jerry Peal
Production Assistant
Kate Brook
Casting Director
Sue Needleman
Floor Runner
Nat Price

Cast

Brenda Kapowitz Madeleine Potter
Jason Kapowitz Lucas Glozman
Matthew Kapowitz Ethan Brooke
Steven David Harewood
Robert John Moraitis
Jessica Samantha Dakin

Gloomsbury Gloomsbury

6 x 30 minute comedy
BBC Radio 4, 2012

Gloomsbury is an affectionate parody of the Bloomsbury group, whose arty and adulterous adventures dominated the cultural scene in the early 20th century. The series follows the fortunes of Vera Sackcloth-Vest, writer, gardener and transvestite, and her compulsive urge to escape from the tranquillity of her rather cramped little castle in Kent which she shares with her doting but ambiguous husband Henry who is something in the Foreign Office. Vera’s heart is forever surging with exotic passion for Ginny Fox, a neurasthenic novelist who adores her, or Venus Traduces, a naughty demi-mondaine. The Sapphic elopements of these privileged women reveal their inability to undertake the most basic domestic tasks: how to boil a kettle, for example, in a damp cottage in Zennor, is a challenge which stumps Vera and Ginny for hours. The misunderstandings, jealousies and rows of this coterie form the basis of the series. Glimpses of the group’s literary endeavours alternate with devoted letters which whiz between Vera and Henry, for whether he is in the Balkans or simply in the distant drawing room, a separation of a mere fifty yards is sometimes just too much to bear.

The cast of Gloomsbury. Clockwise from top left: Jonathan Coy, John Sessions, Morwenna Banks, Alison Steadman, Nigel Planer and Miriam Margolyes.
The cast of Gloomsbury. Clockwise from top left: Jonathan Coy, John Sessions, Morwenna Banks, Alison Steadman, Nigel Planer and Miriam Margolyes.
Written by
Sue Limb
Producer
Jamie Rix
Director
Jamie Rix

Cast

Vera Sackcloth-Vest Miriam Margolyes
Henry Mickleton Jonathan Coy
Ginny Fox Alison Steadman
Lionel Fox Nigel Planer
Venus Traduces Morwenna Banks
DH Lollipop John Sessions

Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids

105 x 11 minute animation
Series 1-6: CITV, 2000-06
Series 7-8: Nickolodeon, 2011-13

Cautionary Tales for lovers of squeam.

Humorous, modern-day cautionary tales in which naughty children get their comeuppance. Rude tongues are trimmed, couch potatoes are baked into cheese and onion crisps, precious fashion victims are sent to school in their birthday suits, spider-torturers have webs spun around their ribs, and moaning minnies are minced into spaghetti when they don’t eat their food.

The Narrator
The Narrator
Written by
Jamie Rix (adapted from his own books)
Directors
Sara & Simon Bor
Jamie Rix
Producers
Sara & Simon Bor
Jamie Rix
Narrator
Nigel Planer

Awards

2012 Broadcast Awards

Winner of Best Children’s Program


2011 BAFTAs

Nominated for Best Animation
2006 BAFTAs
Jamie Rix nominated for Best Writer


2005 BAFTAs
Nominated for Best Children’s Series
Jamie Rix nominated for Most Original Writer


2004 BAFTAs

Nominated for Best Children’s Series
Jamie Rix nominated for Most Original Writer


2004 British Animation Awards

Winner of Best Children’s Series
Winner of The Children’s Choice Award


2001 The New York Festivals – TV Programming & Promotion Competition
Gold World Medal - Animation: Children’s Programs category


2001 Golden Sheaf Awards, Canada

Golden Sheaf Award for Best International Children’s Production


2000 Royal Television Society
Nominated for Best Children’s Entertainment programme


2000 RTS Devon & Cornwall Centre Awards

Best Network programme


2000 Bradford Animation Festival
Best TV Series for Children


2000 International Animation and Cartoons Festival, Italy
Best Short Film category (2nd place)


2000 Prix Jeunesse, Germany

Fiction 6 - 11 category (2nd place)


2000 Cartoons on the Bay, Italy
The Pulcinella Award for Best Series for Children


2000 Golden Gate Awards, USA
Silver Spire Award Winner in the Children’s Programmes category

The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury

13 x 30 minute comedy
CBBC, BBC1, BBC2, 2008-12

Based on the six books by Jamie Rix published by Random House in 2004/2005, The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury is a series of funny stories centred around the wild and immoderate revenge missions of an embittered boy, as he takes on his family, friends and everyone else in the world. He is the littlest in a family of five, last in line for everything good and first in line for everything bad. It’s about brothers and sisters getting more pocket money than you, about having the smallest bedroom in the house, about always getting the littlest portion at supper, about never watching a telly programme of your choice, about being ignored, about being the youngest – it’s about getting revenge for all that and more…

Jonathan Mason plays Alistair
Jonathan Mason plays Alistair
Written by
Jamie Rix
Daniel Peak
Gary Lawson & John Phelps
Paul Alexander
Katie Douglas
Producer
Jamie Rix
Director
Delyth Thomas
Nick Wood
Executive Producer
Jed Leventhall
Line Producer
Alan Fairholm

Cast

Mum Susannah Doyle
Dad Brendan Dempsey
Alistair Jonathan Mason
Granny Kate Binchy
Miss Bird Suzy Aitchison
Melanie Natalie Kemp
William Carlton Dickinson

Awards

2008 BAFTAS
Winner of 2008 Children’s BAFTA (Drama)

Willo the Wisp Willo the Wisp

26 x 5 minute animation
Disney Playhouse, 2005-8

Based on the classic 1980’s BBC series starring Kenneth Williams and written and directed by Nick Spargo. Join Willo the Wisp, our storyteller and nosy, old gossip in beautiful Doyley Woods, as he invites us to observe the antics of its principal residents - Mavis Cruet the too-fat-to-fly fairy and her best friends - Arthur the caterpillar, The Moog, a dim dog, Carwash the snooty cat and The Beast as they contemplate life, the universe and everything and do continual battle with Evil Edna the wicked, television-set witch and her horrid spells.

Written by
Jamie Rix
Producer
Jamie Rix
Bobbie Spargo
Sarah Muller
Director
Bobbie Spargo
Voiced by
James Dreyfus

Animal School Animal School

60 x 1 minute animation
BBC, 2002-5

A series of short, funny and absurd animations for children of all ages.

Have you ever wondered how animals know how to behave? Is it nature or nurture? Well obviously it’s nurture, because nature leaves too much to chance. And that is where Animal School comes in. It is compulsory for every animal in the world, be they fish, reptiles, birds, mammals, insects, or amphibians to attend Animal School and learn how to behave like their parents and their parents before them and their parents before them…

Written by
Jamie Rix
Producer
Sarah Muller
Jamie Rix
Directors
Andy Wyatt
Jamie Rix
Voiced by
Nigel Planer
Morwenna Banks

Popskool Popskool

90 x 1 minute animation
BBC, 2004-6

A series of short, funny, animated shorts featuring the pop stars of the day - Busted, McFly, The Cheeky Girls, Girls Aloud. It was broadcast in a high-profile slot on Top Of The Pops.

Written By
Trevor Neal
Simon Hickson
Producer
Carey Weich
Director
Andy Wyatt

Johnny Casanova The Unstoppable Sex Machine Johnny Casanova The Unstoppable Sex Machine

1 x 30 minute animated comedy
Channel 4, 2000

Johnny Worms is a fourteen-year-old boy who has an eye for the girls. Unfortunately the girls don’t seem to have an eye for him. So he changes his name to Casanova in the hope that it will change his luck, but it doesn’t. Sex remains as elusive as ever. He has swallowed the image of a romantic lover as a caring, sensitive soul. He writes love poetry and learns the guitar to serenade the girls. He prinks and preens his sacred locks and dresses to kill, but can’t pluck up the courage to ask a girl out. He’s a mass of hormonal confusion, hopelessly in love with any girl who will give him the time of day. But it seems that the ones that do are never the ones he wants.

Written by
Jamie Rix
Producer
Jamie Rix
Sarah Muller
Director
Andy Wyatt
Featuring the voices of
Simon Pegg
Alison Steadman
Morwenna Banks
Doon Mackichan
Darren Boyd
Nigel Planer

Three Brothers Diamond Three Brothers Diamond

1 x 30 minute animated comedy
Channel 4, 2000

Frankie Diamond is a criminal with a foul mouth and an even fouler family.

Created and written by
Ricky Grover
Producer
Jamie Rix
Director
Andy Wyatt

Let’s Get Divorced with Jonathan and Libby Hughes Let’s Get Divorced with Jonathan and Libby Hughes

6 x 30 minute comedy
ITV, 1994

Jonathan and Libby Hughes are the Richard and Judy of their day… or rather their daytime TV show called Wake Up With… For two hours every morning they bill and coo their way through celebrity news, high-street fashion and cookery tips, to all the world a happily married couple. But when the credits roll the knives come out. Behind their loving public image lies venom, suffering and spite which comes from a relationship based on mutual gall.

Written by
Andrew Nickolds
Producer
Jamie Rix
Director
Jamie Rix

Cast

Jonathan Hughes Nigel Planer
Libby Hughes Susie Blake
Jeff Shreeve Stephen Moore
Mac Claire Cathcart
Ali Sukie Smith
Grace Lucinda Fisher

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