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.
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"
After a successful pilot and Halloween special, The Skewer is commissioned for full series in 2020.
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.
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
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.”
(Outnumbered, Mock the Week,
The Now Show)
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,
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.
Documentary for Holocaust Day
for BBC Radio 4
Presented by Michael Rosen
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.
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