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 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

Assistant 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, Cockroaches and The Job Lot. She has a GSOH and WLTM exciting writing and performing talent.

Ben Walker


Ben started out producing and editing radio comedy shows for the BBC and moved on to be the Comedy Development Producer for John Stanley Productions. Credits include sitcom Bull, sketch show Here Be Dragons and The Matt Lucas Awards. He joined Retort in June 2016.

Josh Grant

Development Assistant Producer

Josh re-joined Retort in July 2017, having previously been freelance. His production credits include four series’ of CBBC’s Horrible Histories, Count Arthur Strong, Catastrophe, Newzoids and Trying Again. He likes to make a cameo appearance in all show he’s worked on and can be regularly seen in a ruff on Horrible Histories.

Nicola Houghton

Post Production Supervisor

Nicola has worked in production on TV and film for almost 15 years, working on shows at BBC, Bwark, Fudge Park, Big Talk, Warner Bros, RPC, Darlow Smithson and ITV. Recent credits include The Rebel, Timewasters, and Drifters. She re-joined Retort in September 2017 to oversee post production across the slate.

Notes to Editors

FremantleMedia UK is the UK production arm of FremantleMedia, the global production and content business of the RTL Group, Europe’s largest television and radio company.  FremantleMedia UK, consists of a group of labels, producing some of the UK’s most successful shows: Boundless, Euston Films, Newman Street, Retort, Talkback, Thames and Shotglass Media encompassing all digital and social media activity for FMUK’s programmes. The labels are headed up by some of the UK’s leading creative talent including Hannah Wyatt, Kate Harwood, Paul Marquess, Jon Rolph, Leon Wilson, Richard Holloway (who is also FMUK interim CEO), Suzy Lamb and Kat Hebden.  Across the group the labels provide award winning programming for all major terrestrial, digital channels and digital outlets, with an unparalleled range of programming including: The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Celebrity Juice, Take Me Out, Through the Keyhole, The Apprentice, Four Rooms, Grand Designs, Birds of a Feather, Chewing Gum, Great British Railway Journeys, An Hour to Save Your Life, QI, Suspects and digital work for programmes including The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and The Apprentice – the Group aired over 350 hours of programming on terrestrial TV over the last 12 months.

For information on FremantleMediaUK click here