Kenton Allen

Kenton Allen
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Born(1965-06-16) 16 June 1965 (age 52)
Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England
OccupationChief Executive of Big Talk Productions
Years active1990-present
TelevisionTonight with Jonathan Ross
The Royle Family
Six Shooter
The Visit
The Omid Djalili Show
That Mitchell and Webb Look
After You've Gone
Him & Her
Friday Night Dinner
King Of...
Show Me The Funny
Free Agents (US)


Kenton Allen is a Uk television maker and professional. He became LEADER of Big Chat Productions in Sept 2008. He’s a multi-award–earning programme-maker with credits like the BAFTA Award-winning sitcoms The Royle Family members and Rev. as well as the Oscar-winning film Six Shooter. He was the Advisory Seat of the Press Guardian Edinburgh International Tv Festival 2012.

Early life

He was created in Stourbridge, Worcestershire and educated on the Grange In depth College and Ruler Edward VI University, Stourbridge. He rejected a place to review the clarinet and saxophone on the Royal College of Music. In 1983, aged 18, he became a member of the BBC at Pebble Mill in Birmingham. His initial BBC work was being a trainee studio room manager, focusing on radio, Television and film productions being a audio recordist on productions including Howards' Method, Pebble Mill at One, as well as the Archers, where he spent 90 days doing place Fx as soon as performed Aunt Laura's lifeless body covered in ¼ in . recording tape.


BBC Radio (1986–1990)

In 1986 he moved to BBC Radio Nottingham where he briefly worked being a maker/presenter. This resulted in two simultaneous work gives from BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 1. He got both and worked well for a yr as a maker on Ned Sherrin's Sony award-winning Loose Ends for BBC Radio 4 before shifting to BBC Radio 1 in 1988 where he became the station's youngest ever maker. At BBC Radio 1 he created Simon Bates, STEVE in the Afternoon, Walters Regular shown by John Peel's maker John Walters and developed a fresh series Jonathan Ross Live from Ronnie Scott's, that was broadcast live from Ronnie Scott's Jazz Golf club on Fridays at 6pm for 13 weeks. The script for the series was compiled by Danny Baker as well as the diverse selection of guests included a unforgettable appearance by Robert Maxwell.


Channel X (1990–1994)

In 1990 he joined up with the recently formed independent creation company Route X to create most of Jonathan Ross's displays. He created over 200 live editions of Tonight with Jonathan Ross for Route 4. In 1991 he created Jonathan Ross Presents Madonna, which became Route 4's highest ranked entertainment program of the entire year. Additional credits are the innovative live humor entertainment series Sunday Zoo which presented the live tv debuts of famous brands Steve Coogan, John Thompson, Lily Savage, and Tag Thomas, as well as the factual entertainment strike Fantastic Details for ITV.

Granada (1994–1997)

In 1994, he joined up with Granada Television's Entertainment Division where he designed and produced an array of comedy and entertainment programming including Lucky Numbers, The Shane Richie Encounter, Stars to them as well as the Mrs Merton Display. He was appointed Mind of Advancement, and ran most of Granada's entertainment advancement across the complete spectral range of the entertainment genre.

Lucky Dog Ltd (1998–1999)

In February 1998, he became Managing Director of Lucky Dog Ltd, an associate from the Chrysalis Group. He co-devised and created the adult humor series A Many Splintered Thing starring Alan Davies for BBC1.

Granada (1997-2001)

In March 1999, he re-joined Granada Tv to keep his innovative collaboration with Caroline Aherne. Allen created two series and two Xmas specials from the multi-award-winning The Royle Family members aswell as Harry Enfield's Sermon from St Albion's for ITV and an award-winning documentary Back again Passing To India for BBC1, which included dragging Caroline Aherne and Craig Money unwillingly around remote control Indian villages for three weeks.

Shine (2001–2003)

In January 2001, he was approached by Elisabeth Murdoch to be the founding innovative director from the independent production company Glow. Allen was an integral person in the launch group that secured the original start-up funding. He quickly founded the core innovative divisions and general creative technique for the start-up business and recruited the primary business affairs, financing, and creative employees. He also founded a skill incubator for humor film directors together with the united kingdom Film Council and Film4.

BBC Television (2003–2008)

Allen was BBC's Creative Mind of Comedy Skill and Humor North. He became a member of the BBC as its humor editor in Feb 2003, and was in charge of developing and making all types of humor for the four primary BBC broadcast systems and working the in-house creation teams. He instantly established a section located in Manchester known as Comedy North. He created and executive-produced a different range of humor programming like the BAFTA-winning sketch present That Mitchell and Webb Appear (BBC Two), the BAFTA-nominated play series Funland (BBC Three), The Omid Djalili Present (BBC One), After You’ve Eliminated (BBC One), Freezing (BBC Two), The Go to (BBC One and BBC Three), Substantial (BBC Three) and four group of Ideal (BBC Two and BBC Three).

Big Talk Productions (2008–present)

Allen became CEO of Big Chat Productions in 2008. There he provides created two six-part comedies that have been broadcast to record viewers and huge vital acclaim. The BAFTA-winning Rev. made by James Hardwood and Tom Hollander for BBC2 scooped four game titles on the Broadcasting Press Guild Honours and was nominated on the BAFTAs for Greatest Situation Humor. Him & Her, one of the most effective sitcom start in the annals of BBC3, compiled by Stefan Golaszewski and starring Russell Tovey and Sarah Solemani, found Greatest Comedy Functionality for both stars on the Royal Tv Society Honours. Having recognized the loyal market of Him & Her during its initial and second series, another series was commissioned.Upcoming is another series for Threesome (Comedy Central), a sitcom by Tom MacRae, starring Amy Huberman, Emun Elliot and Stephen Wight, and Fri Night Supper (Route 4), written and made by Robert Popper and starring Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter, Simon Parrot and Tom Rosenthal. Both are in post-production.Pursuing their successful pilots, Chickens (Sky 1), compiled by and starring Simon Parrot, Joe Thomas and Jonny Sweet, and THE WORK Lot, a string for ITV compiled by Claire Downes, Ian Jarvis and Stuart Lane, are both underway for a complete series.Currently shooting may be the third group of Him & Her and Big Chat’s 1st three-part contemporary episode THE CITY (ITV), compiled by Laurence Olivier award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett. Furthermore, miniseries A Doctor's Laptop, which Big Chat is generating for Sky Arts, and celebrities Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe, offers just finished capturing.Allen may be the Advisory Seat from the 2012 Press Guardian Edinburgh International Tv Festival.


In 2005, he was nominated for his third BAFTA for producing the film 6 Shooter, written and directed by Olivier award-winning playwright Martin McDonagh. The film earned an Oscar on the 2006 Academy Honours.

Personal life

He's married towards the article writer and writer Imogen Edwards-Jones. They possess two kids, Allegra and Rafe. The challenging conception of Allegra was discussed by Edwards-Jones inside a repeating Daily Telegraph column which were consequently collected right into a book known as The Stork Golf club.

Awards and recognition

Year Award Function Category Result 1998 Uk Comedy Honours The Royle Family members Best New Television Humor Won 1999 BAFTA Television Honor The Royle Family members Best Humor (Program or Series) Nominated Uk Comedy Honours The Royle Family members Best Television Sitcom Won RTS Tv Honor The Royle Family members Best Situation Humor/Comedy Crisis Nominated 2000 BAFTA Television Honor The Royle Family members Situation Comedy Honor Won National Tv Honor The Royle Family members Most Popular Humor Program Won RTS Tv Honor The Royle Family members Best Situation Humor/Comedy Crisis Nominated BAFTA Television Honor The Royle Family members Situation Comedy Honor Won British Humor Honours The Royle Family members Best TV Humor Won Television Quick Honor The Royle Family members Best Comedy Display Won 2001 BAFTA Television Honor The Royle Family members Situation Comedy Honor Nominated 2005 BAFTA Film Honor 6 Shooter Best Brief Film Nominated Uk Independent Film Honours 6 Shooter Best Uk Brief Won 2006 BAFTA Television Honor Funland Best Crisis Serial Nominated Academy Honor 6 Shooter Best Brief Film, Live Actions Won Leuven International Brief Film Festival 6 Shooter Audience Honor Won 2011 Banff Rockie Honor Rev. Greatest Sitcom Nominated Broadcasting Press Guild Honor Rev. Best Humor/Entertainment Nominated BAFTA Television Award Rev. Greatest Situation Humor Won


Year Production Part Records 1990 Tonight with Jonathan Ross Manufacturer Television series 1991 Music group Explosion Executive Manufacturer Television series 1993 Sunday Zoo Producer Television series 1994 The Mrs Merton Present Producer Television series 1998 Humor Lab Executive Manufacturer Television series A Many Splintered Matter Producer TV brief Babes In The Hardwood Producer Television series 1999 Sermon from St Albion's Manufacturer Television series 2000 A Many Splintered Matter Producer Television series 1999–2000 The Royle Family members Producer Television series 2002 Post Manufacturer Short 2003 View with Monkey Professional Producer Television series Hi there, Friend Producer Brief The Crouches Professional Producer Television series 2004 6 Shooter Producer Brief MY ENTIRE LIFE in Film Professional Producer Television series 2005 According to Bex Professional Producer Television series 10:96:Teaching Night Executive Maker TV Funland Professional Producer Television series Harold the Amazing Contortionist Pig Maker Brief 2005–2008 Ideal Professional Producer Television series 2006 THE REALITY Associate Maker Feature I'm With Stupid Professional Producer Television series 2006–2008 That Mitchell and Webb Appear Executive Producer Television series 2007 I'm With Stupid Professional Producer Television Scallywagga Executive Maker TV series Audio Executive Producer Television The Visit Professional Producer Television series Where Have got I Been ALL OF YOUR Life? Executive Maker Brief The Omid Djalili Display Executive Producer Television series 2007–2008 Freezing Maker TV series AFTER YOU HAVE Gone Executive Maker Television series 2008 Placebo Professional Producer Television Massive Executive Maker Television series 2008–2009 Parents from the Band Executive Maker Television series 2010–2011 Him & Her Maker Television series Rev. Maker (2010), EP (2011) Television series 2011 Fri Night Dinner Professional Producer Television series Ruler Of... Executive Maker TV series Display Me The Crazy Executive Producer Television series Chickens Professional Producer Television series Free Providers U.S. Professional Producer Television series Threesome Professional Producer Television series 2013 Ambassadors Professional Producer Television series 2014 Our Zoo Professional Producer Television series 2017 Back again Executive Producer Television series