About us

Retort is the FremantleMedia UK label specialising in scripted comedy, formed in January 2012 from the Scripted Comedy department of talkbackThames.

Current commissions and co-commissions include Rose d’Or winning Henry IX (UKTV Gold), BAFTA nominated Count Arthur Strong (BBC One), BAFTA winning Chewing Gum (E4), Birds of a Feather (ITV),  and recently The Rebel (UKTV Gold) and Goodnight Sweetheart (BBC One).

Retort is the latest incarnation of a company that has produced some of the best and most popular sitcoms and sketch comedy of the last forty years, including ground-breaking and award-winning shows such as The IT Crowd, PhoneShop, Brass Eye, Green Wing, I’m Alan Partridge and many more.


Our Team

Jon Rolph

Managing Director

Jon became Retort’s first Managing Director when the label launched in 2012, having joined as Head of Scripted Comedy for talkbackThames the year before. Over more than twenty years, Jon has produced, executive produced, written, directed or commissioned hundreds of hours of broadcast scripted comedy across every UK terrestrial and many digital channels.

Samantha McCole

Head of Production

Sam came up through the production ranks as a BBC staff member and after many years as a freelance PM she joined Retort as a Line Producer in 2014 and has worked on most of their shows including Birds of a Feather, Count Arthur Strong, Goodnight Sweetheart. Having left at the end of 2016 to Line Produce People Just Do Nothing and Motherland, she has now returned to Retort as Head of Production.

Angelina Tome

Development Co-Ordinator

Angelina joined the BBC as a PA and moved around various genres until finally settling in comedy commissioning as a Commissions Co-Ordinator. She completed a seven month attachment in Knowledge post production as a Delivery Co-Ordinator. She joined Retort in 2014.

Hannah Moulder

Development Producer

Hannah joined Retort in April 2015 from Big Talk where she worked for two years with the comedy development team. Hannah was nominated for a 2014 Broadcast TECH Young Talent Award and her production credits include Chewing Gum, Birds of a Feather, Cockroaches and The Job Lot. She has a GSOH and WLTM exciting writing and performing talent.

Ben Walker

Development Producer

Since joining Retort in 2016 Ben has been developing a number of scripted projects and has produced the second series of The Rebel for Gold and The Casebook Of Max And Ivan for Radio 4. Ben has worked for BBC Comedy and was Comedy Development Producer for John Stanley Productions, where his credits include sitcom Bull, sketch show Here Be Dragons and The Matt Lucas Awards.

Notes to Editors

About FremantleMedia

FremantleMedia UK, is the UK production arm of FremantleMedia.  It consists of a group of labels – Boundless, Euston Films, Retort, Talkback, Thames and Shotglass Media – producing some of the UK’s most successful shows.

FremantleMedia creates, produces and distributes some of the best known and loved content in the world, including: American GodsThe Young PopeDeutschland 83, Got Talent (co-produced with Syco in the UK and the US), The X Factor (co-produced with Syco in the UK), IdolsTake Me Out, Family FeudMatch GameGute Zeiten Schlechte ZeitenWentworthNeighbours, Grand DesignsJamie OliverDanger Mouse, Munchies (with VICE Media), and The Football Republic. We have an outstanding global network with operations in 31 countries, producing over 11,000 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 60 formats and airing more than 420 programmes a year worldwide. The company also distributes more than 20,000 hours of content in over 200 territories. FremantleMedia is part of RTL Group, a global leader across broadcast, content and digital, and a division of the international media company Bertelsmann.

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