Black dog television

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Black Dog Television is an independent television production company founded by three writer/producers, Dan GasterPaul Powell and Will Ing, each of whom has over 20 years’ experience working in comedy and entertainment.

They devised and co-produced the BBC2 panel show Insert Name Here hosted by Sue Perkins which is now into its fourth series. For Dave they devised and co-produced two series of the panel show Alexander Armstrong’s Big Ask.

They created and wrote two series of the fantasy sitcom, Zapped, originally broadcast in October 2016.

They continue to develop sitcom scripts, panel shows and factual entertainment formats.

Their many credits as writers, script editors and producers include:

Have I Got News For You, The Graham Norton Show, Miranda, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Top Gear, Al Murray’s Happy Hour, Mock the Week and Would I Lie To You.

News

2024 News Coming Soon

BLACK DOG TELEVISION ANNOUNCE BRAND NEW CBBC COMEDY:

PICKLE STORM

Filming has begun on brand new live action comedy for CBBC entitled PICKLE STORM.

The 10 x 22 minute series is based on the exciting adventures of 9 year old Pickle Storm who has to flee her fantasy world of Kleftania – a world of magic, dragons and warriors – and seek refuge in the everyday UK town of Middlington.

With her mother Lystra (a battle-hardened warrior) and her father Hendrick (an eccentric wizard), the headstrong and determined Pickle tries her best to settle into life on Earth, or ‘Ee’arth’ as she calls it. However, their efforts to blend in are constantly thwarted by over enthusiasm, cultural misunderstandings and Pickle’s uncontrollable and highly random acts of magic.

Starring Kassidi Roberts (Lovely Little Farm) as Pickle, Donna Preston (Good Omens) as Lystra and Inel Tomlinson (Horrible Histories) as Hendrick, with Cadence Williams as Mia, Philip Green as Mr Ludcomb, Mitra Djalili as Yasmin, Michael Condron as Derek and Toby Barnett-Jones as Roland.

PICKLE STORM is directed by Dez McCarthy, Louise Ni Fhiannachta and Eoin Cleland, produced by Raymond Lau. It was written and created by Dan Gaster, Will Ing and Paul Powell alongside Tasha Dhanraj, Hannah George and Lucy Guy. Casting by Carla Stronge Casting and BeeCast

For the BBC, the Head of Commissioning and Acquisitions 7+ is Sarah Muller, the Senior Commissioning Editor is Melissa Hardinge and the Commissioning Executive is Anita Burgess, all working alongside Director of Children’s & Education, Patricia Hidalgo.

Zapped

In a pioneering deal between the BBC and UKTV, all 15 episodes of Zapped have now gone live on BBC iPlayer. For the next 12 months, the entire run will be available on demand for license payers in the UK. Meanwhile North American viewers can continue to stream the series via HBO MAX.

James Buckley (Brian Weaver) said: “Zapped was a joy to a make. I got to spend three years working with Paul Kaye, Sharon Rooney and Steve Coogan. I’m delighted it’s going to be available on iPlayer and can’t wait for more people to discover it.”

Paul Powell (Writer/Executive Producer) added: “We’re so excited to see Zapped arrive on iPlayer and magically appear on your televisions, tablets, laptops and phones. Making Zapped was a fantastic experience and we can’t wait to share the unpredictable thrills of Munty with the BBC audience.”

Bird

Black Dog Television develop dark new sitcom starring Angela Barnes

Black Dog Television has recorded a taster for a brand-new sitcom starring Angela Barnes, Julia Deakin and Perry Benson, directed by Ella Jones (Enterprice, Pandemonium).

Bird has been written by the brilliant up-and-coming writing team of Ed Amsden and Tom Coles and follows the story of Michelle (Angela Barnes), an insecure woman fast approaching 40, who becomes pen pals with a convicted killer on Death Row. Pretty soon the letters are taking on a romantic edge and Michelle considers herself ‘in a relationship’ (albeit one which definitely ticks ‘It’s Complicated’).

Julia Deakin appears as her anxious mother Jan with Perry Benson playing golf lothario Murray.

Blending jet-black gallows humour with an unconventional love story, Bird is a highly original comedy about love, loneliness and putting a positive spin on serial killers.

Insert Name Here

Repeats of ‘Insert Name Here’ Series 4 are showing on Dave. You can catch them every weeknight evening at 8.20pm, starting from 21st September.

Zapped

‘Zapped’ is heading to America. It’s been announced all 3 series will be available on US streaming service HBO Max when it launches in May 2020.

Wychwood

Black Dog Television has optioned the novel ‘Wychwood’ by George Mann with a view to developing a television series.

‘Wychwood’, and its sequel ‘Hallowdene’, are the first two books in a crime series set in and around the historic Wychwood forest. The story follows journalist Ellie Reeves and local police detective Peter Shaw as they find themselves embroiled in the recreation of a gruesome piece of English folklore. The series will offer an original mix of crime and occult horror.

George Mann says “I can’t wait to see what Dan, Paul and Will have in store for Ellie and Peter and their investigations in the sinister Wychwood. They’re bursting with great ideas, and I’m over the moon to be working with such an enthusiastic and talented bunch.”

The producers add “George has created an incredibly atmospheric world. Wychwood forest is home to dark mysteries, horror and occult magic. It’s a brilliant setting for a crime series where nothing is quite as it seems. We can’t wait to start realising this world for television.”

Insert Name Here

Repeats of ‘Insert Name Here’ Series 1, 2 & 3 are coming to Dave. They’ll be airing every weeknight evening at 8.20pm, starting from 11th November.

Insert Name Here – Series Four

Eight episodes of the comedy panel show hosted by Sue Perkins with team captains Josh Widdicombe and Richard Osman. Starting with a Christmas Special and continuing into the New Year. Co-produced with 12 Yard Productions.

Zapped – Series Three

Fantasy sitcom broadcast on Dave, starring James Buckley, Paul Kaye, Sharon Rooney, Ken Collard and Louis Emerick. Co-produced with Baby Cow Productions. You can watch it here and follow it on Facebook
You can watch it here and follow it on Facebook

Insert Name Here – Series Three

Third series of the comedy panel show hosted by Sue Perkins with team captains Josh Widdicombe and Richard Osman. Eight episodes starting November 2017 including a Christmas Special. Co-produced with 12 Yard Productions.

Zapped – Series Two

Fantasy sitcom broadcast on Dave, starring James Buckley, Paul Kaye, Sharon Rooney, Ken Collard and Louis Emerick. Co-produced with Baby Cow Productions. You can watch it here and follow it on Facebook

Zapped

Fantasy sitcom broadcast on Dave, starring James Buckley, Paul Kaye, Sharon Rooney, Ken Collard and Louis Emerick. Co-produced with Baby Cow Productions. You can watch it here and follow it on Facebook
Reviews
‘great one liners with almost Pythonesque moments’ – Radio Times
‘amusing in the old fashioned silly way where characters actually say and do funny things’ – Sunday Times
‘laugh-out-loud jokes… splendid cast’ – Daily Mirror

Insert Name Here – Series Two

Second series of the comedy panel show hosted by Sue Perkins with team captains Josh Widdicombe and Richard Osman. A Christmas Special will be broadcast at the end of 2016 with a brand new series following from January 2017. Co-produced with 12 Yard Productions.

Be Not Afraid

Second sitcom script. Commissioned by Channel 4.

Insert Name Here – Series One

Comedy panel show hosted by Sue Perkins with team captains Richard Osman and Josh Widdicombe. Co-produced with 12 Yard Productions.
Reviews
‘pretty close to the panel-show holy grail’ – The Times
‘sure to make a name for itself’ – Daily Express

Be Not Afraid

Pilot sitcom script. Commissioned by Channel 4.

Alexander Armstrong’s Big Ask – Series Two

Second series of the comedy quiz presented by Alexander Armstrong and starring a host of top comedians including Russell Kane, Jack Whitehall, Jo Brand, Jason Manford, Susan Calman, Stephen Mangan and Clive Anderson. Six part series for Dave. Co-produced with So Television.

Alexander Armstrong’s Big Ask – Series One

Comedy quiz presented by Alexander Armstrong with Dave Lamb and featuring a host of top comedians including Jimmy Carr, Graham Norton, Ed Byrne, Russell Kane and Mark Watson. Six part series for Dave. Co-produced with So Television.

And You Are?

Comedy quiz show hosted by Miranda Hart featuring Dara O’Brian, Lee Mack and Hugh Dennis. Non-broadcast pilot for BBC1. Co-produced with BBC Comedy.

Alexander Armstrong’s Big Ask – Bank Holiday Special

Comedy quiz presented by Alexander Armstrong featuring Dave Lamb. Starring Robert Webb, Katy Brand and Griff Rhys-Jones. Broadcast special for Dave/UKTV. Co-produced with So Television.

Public Enemy Number One

Topical comedy show presented by Eamonn Holmes and starring Richard Bacon, Rufus Hound, Bob Mills and Anna Richardson. Pilot script for ITV1. Co-produced with ITV Studios.

Spongeheads

Topical puppet show voiced by Rufus Hound and Dave Lamb with Katherine Jakeways and Jon Holmes. Pilot for BBC3.

Favourite Worst Nightmare

A panel show about dilemmas, hosted by Rufus Hound, with songs and music from Phil Nicol. Panelists Rhod Gilbert, Andrew Maxwell and Kirsten O’Brien. Pilot for five. Co-produced with Talkback Thames.

The Birth of

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Dan, Paul & Will

Dan, Paul and Will all started their careers as writer/performers. They first collaborated on the seminal Radio 4 show, Weekending and went on to write and star in several of their own radio shows.

Dan and Paul wrote and performed in two series of their sketch show, We Know Everything.

Dan and Will wrote and performed, together with Ben Silburn, a self-titled sketch show, The Curried Goat Radio Show, for Radio 2 and still heard from time to time on Radio 4 Extra.

In 1998 Dan, Will and Paul, together with Ben Silburn, wrote and performed a topical series for ITV1 called Stuff The Week.

As well as developing, writing and producing projects for Black Dog, Dan, Will and Paul continue to write for a huge variety of television programmes. Here’s a bit more information about them:

Dan has been writing, performing and producing comedy since 1992.

Dan has written for many comedy entertainment shows including Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie to You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, A League of Their Own, Mock the Week, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, 10 O’Clock Live, The Last Leg and eighteen series of The Graham Norton Show.

Script writing credits include Life of Riley (BBC1), The Thick of It (BBC2), Pramface (BBC3), Scream Street (CBBC) as well as sketches for That Mitchell and Webb Look, Spitting Image, 2DTV and Newzoids.

On the radio, Dan writes The Unbelievable Truth and has occasionally appeared on other radio shows including Armando Ianucci’s Charm Offensive.

Paul has been writing/producing comedy since 1991.

Television credits include Miranda, Spitting Image, It’ll Be Alright On The Night and three series of Life of Riley. Radio credits include The Now Show, The Griff Rhys Jones Show, and It’s Your Round (starring Angus Deayton).

Paul has written for a number of large-scale live events including Miranda Hart’s ‘My, What I Call, Live Show’, the Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday Tribute and the Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace.

He’s picked up a Comedy Award for Al Murray’s Happy Hour, an RTS award for Miranda, and the title of 39th greatest comedy sketch for ‘Saying Goodbye’ from Smack The Pony.

He’s a non-executive director of the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society and co-wrote the best-selling ‘Top Gear: Alternative Highway Code’.

Will has worked as a writer, script editor and producer for twenty years.

Having started out working on the classic satirical show Spitting Image, he has written for almost everyone under the sun, from John Cleese to Ant and Dec and his credits include Have I Got News For You, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Stand Up For The Week, Live At The Apollo and Would I Lie To You.

On the radio he has worked as a writer and script editor on many shows including The Now Show, It’s a Fair Cop with Alfie Moore, Look Away Now and The Curried Goat Radio Show in which he performed.

He has also written for numerous kids’ shows such as Zoo Factor, Hank Zipzer, Millie Inbetween, Operation Ouch and the Bafta-nominated Officially Amazing.

In a former life he was also a teacher, a stand-up and a very occasional actor.
Yes, it is his real name.

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TV Shows

PICKLE STORM

Series 1 - 10 episodes

ZAPPED

Series 1, 2 & 3

WYCHWOOD

‘Wychwood’ by George Mann developed for a TV series.

INSERT NAME HERE

Insert Name Here’ Series 1, 2, 3 & 4

BIRD

Black Dog Television develop dark new sitcom starring Angela Barnes.

ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG BIG ASK

Comedy quiz presented by Alexander Armstrong Series 1, 2 & Holiday Special

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