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we are a multi award-winning production and creative content company. 


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AWARDS NEWS

  • The Skewer pilot (BBC Radio 4 - April 2019) recently won the 'Best Comedy Producer' silver award at the 2019 Audio Production Awards.
  • The Halloween Skewer (BBC Radio 4 - October 2019) is nominated in two categories at the 2020 BBC Audio Drama Awards: 'Best Comedy' and 'Best Use of Sound'
  • The Skewer is commissioned for a six-part series on BBC Radio 4 from January 2020. You can contribute, as it's an open door policy comedy. Contact us. You will be paid! 
  • Our mini-documentary 'The St Kitts' Music Festival' for the BBC was nominated as 'Best Travel Broadcast' in the 2019 Travel Media Awards. 

About Us


unusual is an award winning production company, which has been in business for over a decade. We produce a wide range of long- and short-form programming for traditional broadcasters and online platforms across the genres of factual, comedy, music and entertainment. Our documentaries have covered topics as diverse as global sanitation, circumcision, sub-ocean exploration, the Holocaust, gambling, Justin Bieber and My Chemical Romance super fans, 

and WW1. We’ve travelled to India, the US, Macau, Rwanda, Pakistan and er, Huddersfield in search of the story. 


We’ve also made listeners to BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 4, 5LIve, commercial radio and podcasts laugh with a mix of sitcoms, sketch material, parodies, satire and some genuinely surreal silliness. Music and entertainment projects have seen us work with everyone from Slash to Dame Vera Lynn and from Marcus Mumford to Miranda Hart. We work with brands as diverse as Bulmers, Pathe, and Swarovski Optik, and have produced events for Advertising Week Europe.


We continue to work closely with the travel industry on all aspects of audio creative, including consultancy and podcast production. 


We've won Cannes Lions and LIA Awards for our commercial work, alongside Radio Academy, Bafta, and industry awards for broadcasting. 



some OF THE RECENT things we've made

The Skewer

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For BBC Radio 4 we made brand new comedy The Skewer, featuring new and diverse talent. 


A "satirical river of sound", The Skewer is designed for headphone listening, attaching you to a late night drip of current events  as they melt into your brain, evoking that feeling of drifting off but  with the occasional uncomfortable sleep-twitch, as though you've  accidentally stepped off a kerb.


"A freeform assault on the senses..deeply haunting.. an eerily beautiful  discombobulating mosaic"

comedy.co.uk


After a successful pilot and Halloween special, The Skewer is commissioned for full series in 2020. 

Slaving Away

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Sitcom for Audible Originals 


Meet Miranda, happy-go-lucky single girl who just happens to be a dominatrix with a dungeon in her flat. Sure she's got to whip clients for money, but she's also got the hoovering to do. Stars Miranda Kane, Hugh Dennis, Richard Herring, Jon Holmes, Kevin Eldon., Anthomy Head and more..


Series 1 and 2 continue to top Audible's download chart. 


Series 3 is currently in production. 

Half The Money Each

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Two Part Documentary for Absolute Radio


A commercial tie-in with e-One, for the cinema release of 'Stan and Ollie', comedian Jo Brand tells the story of the double act. 


Features interviews with Steve Coogan, John C Reilly, director Jon C Baird, Trevor & Simon, Steve Punt, Mel Hudson, Jon Culshaw and comedy writers Jason Hazeley and 

Joel Morris.


 

Giggle in a Gallery

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We created besoke audio guides 

(narrated by Hugh Dennis) for the 

Turner Contemporary art gallery

 in Margate, Kent.


Galleries and museums are constantly looking for ways to engage new audiences, which is where we stepped in a brand new audio guide. 


 “A lot of people are put off art galleries because they think of art as a very high-brow subject which can only be enjoyed in a very serious and intellectual way. It isn’t, it is there to be enjoyed by everyone, and I hope a slightly irreverent gallery guide might help change that perception.”


Hugh Dennis

 (Outnumbered, Mock the Week, 

The Now Show)


Advertising Week Europe

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Live event at Bafta, Piccadilly


We worked with Global to write and produce  a live event at Bafta in front of 200 industry bigwigs as part of Advertising Week Europe. 


Written and directed by Jon Holmes it starred  Debra Stephenson, Terry Mynott and Mitch Benn, accompanied by their takes on Madonna, Dame Judi Dench, Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, David Attenborough, Henry VIII, Paul McCartney, and ,er, the Caramel Bunny,

CHOICE OTHER STUFF

Jeremy Vine: Agony Uncle

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Hugely popular comedy For BBC Radio 2. Jeremy Vine (as played by Lewis MacLeod) plays agony uncle to any number of celebrities who phone him up for advice during his show, while the records are on. 

Anne Frank's Trees

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Documentary for Holocaust Day 

for BBC Radio 4


Presented by Michael Rosen

The The One Show Show

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Hit podcast that adopts the forensic approach some take to analysing high-end box set television, and applies to the ultimate disposable TV: the BBC’s flagship light magazine programme The One Show.

 Part of the Great Big Owl family.


"A joy" popbitch

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unusual's managing director is jon holmes