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Absolutely Productions - A Brief History
Absolutely Productions was formed in 1988 by a group of writer/performer/producers who wanted to work together and produce their own material. Morwenna Banks, Jack Docherty, Moray Hunter, Pete Baikie, John Sparkes and Gordon Kennedy made up the original Absolutely team and continue to be at the heart of the company today.
The Company’s first show Absolutely was broadcast on Channel 4 from 1990-1994 achieving both critical and commercial success and going to 4 series. It was regularly watched by 3 million viewers and was nominated for a Writers Guild Award, two British Comedy Awards and the Golden Rose of Montreux. After the success of Absolutely the company began producing other shows from its founder members, including a comedy wildlife series Squawkietalkie and a sitcom mr don & mr george, both for Channel 4,
The founders went on to produce two series of The Creatives for BBC2, 4 series of the 2 time BAFTA award winning Barry Welsh Is Coming for HTV, 400 editions of The Jack Docherty Show and 13 episodes and 2 specials of The Morwenna Banks Show for Channel 5 (nominated for the Golden Rose of Montreux) 2 series of the multi-award winning Stressed Eric for BBC2.
At the same time the Company started working with writers and performers from outside of the original founding members of the Company, including Armstrong & Miller who made 4 series of their acclaimed sketch show for Channel 4 and Dom Joly and Sam Cadman who made the incredibly successful and award winning hit show Trigger Happy TV for Channel 4.
In addition the Company co-produced The Strangerers with Taken For Granted Productions for Sky and has recently moved into feature films co-producing a full length feature The Announcement with US outfit Dakota Films.
Subsequent productions included MAW a pilot for Channel 4, Pub Quiz, a 19 part series for BBC Wales, History on Toast for Disney. At the end of 2001 Absolutely signed a warehousing and co-production deal with Peter Richardson (of Comic Strip fame) and together we are developing a comic feature called Finest Hour and a film script based on the very successful Stella Street franchise. A recent move into drama has generated script commissions at BBC Scotland for a 90 minute TV film entitled Connie and Clyde and at SMG for a legal series Art & Part.
In 2002 we produced a children’s animation series, the 52 x 5 minute Meg and Mog based on the award winning books by Helen Nicol and Jan Pienkowski.
Recent productions include Baggage a 6x30 min comedy drama series for BBC Radio 4 written by and starring Hilary Lyon and Historyville for Channel 4.