Black Dog Television

Black Dog Television is an independent television production company founded by three writer/producers, Dan GasterPaul Powell and Will Ing, each of whom has 20 years’ experience working in comedy and entertainment.

They devised and co-produced the BBC2 panel show Insert Name Here hosted by Sue Perkins which is now into its third series. For Dave they devised and co-produced two series of the panel show Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask.

They created and wrote two series of the fantasy sitcom, Zapped, originally broadcast in October 2016.

They continue to develop sitcom scripts, panel shows and factual entertainment formats.

Their many credits as writers, script editors and producers include:

Have I Got News For You, The Graham Norton Show, Miranda, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Top Gear, Al Murray's Happy Hour, Mock the Week and Would I Lie To You.

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News

‘INSERT NAME HERE’ SERIES 3
Posted October 2017

‘Insert Name Here’ the BBC2 panel show hosted by Sue Perkins is back for a third series, with regular team captains Josh Widdicombe and Richard Osman, historians Kate Williams and Suzannah Lipscomb and a host of fantastic celebrity guests. It begins at 10pm on Monday 20th November 2017 and continues into the New Year.
 

‘ZAPPED’ SERIES 2 AIRS ON DAVE
Posted October 2017

The fantasy sitcom returns for a second series of six episodes. Currently airing on the Dave channel at 9.40pm Thursdays. The regular cast of James Buckley, Paul Kaye, Sharon Rooney, Ken Collard, Louis Emerick and Sally Phillips are joined by some fantastic guest stars including Tim Key (Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge), Susan Wokoma (Chewing Gum), Rufus Hound (Doctor Who), Ben Crompton (Game of Thrones), Javone Prince (PhoneShop), Simon Day (The Fast Show), Nina Wadia (Goodness Gracious Me), Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia) and the legend that is Sylvester McCoy.
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‘INSERT NAME HERE’ AIRS ON BBC2

Posted January 2017.

The second series of 'Insert Name Here' airs on BBC2 for 5 weeks starting from 9th January 2017
 

NEW SITCOM ‘ZAPPED’ AIRS ON DAVE CHANNEL
Posted November 2016.

Black Dog Television’s latest creation, the fantasy sitcom Zapped, was broadcast on Dave in October. The series starred James Buckley, Paul Kaye, Sharon Rooney, Ken Collard and Louis Emerick, with guest appearances from Sally Phillips, Ricky Grover, Tony Way, Miranda Hennessey and the one and only Steve Coogan.
You can watch it here and follow it on Facebook

 

‘INSERT NAME HERE’ BACK FOR A SECOND SERIES
Posted November 2016.

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The second series of ‘Insert Name Here’ starts with a Christmas Special followed by five further episodes in January 2017. This time around Sue Perkins and team captains Josh Widdicombe and Richard Osman are joined by brilliant historians, Kate Williams and Suzannah Lipscomb, fantastic comedians including James Acaster, Sara Pascoe, Nish Kumar and Jon Richardson, Hollywood director Paul Feig, presenters Gaby Logan and Steph McGovern, not to mention legendary broadcaster, Danny Baker.

 

SECOND SCRIPT OF ‘BE NOT AFRAID’ COMMISSIONED BY C4
Posted November 2016

Channel 4 have commissioned a second 30 minute script of brand new sitcom ‘Be Not Afraid’. Written by Dan Gaster, Will Ing and Paul Powell.
 

‘INSERT NAME HERE’ AIRING ON BBC2
Posted December 2015.

Black Dog Television are currently making the panel show ‘Insert Name Here’ for BBC2, hosted by the brilliant Sue Perkins alongside team captains Richard Osman and Josh Widdicombe. The six part series is a co-production with 12 Yard Productions and will be broadcast every Monday at 10pm from 4th January 2016 with repeats the following Saturday.

‘pretty close to the panel-show holy grail’  -  The Times

‘sure to make a name for itself’ - The Express

 

‘BE NOT AFRAID’ COMMISSIONED BY C4
Posted December 2014

Channel 4 have commissioned a 30 minute script for brand new sitcom ‘Be Not Afraid’. Written by Dan Gaster, Will Ing and Paul Powell. 

 

SERIES TWO OF ‘ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG’S BIG ASK’ NOW BEING BROADCAST
Posted February 2013


Following the overwhelming success of the first series, UKTV has commissioned a further six episodes of Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask plus two compilation shows. These are currently being broadcast on Dave.

The new series boasts a wealth of excellent comedians including: Jack Whitehall, Jason Manford, Sandi Toksvig, Marcus Brigstocke,

Jo Brand, Stephen Mangan, Ed Byrne, Russell Kane and Phill Jupitus.

The series is being broadcast at 10pm every Tuesday, starting 26th February 2013, with repeats throughout the week.

Hosted by Alexander Armstrong, the show invites guest panellists to think up fiendish questions to outfox their fellow contestants.

Alexander orchestrates and arbitrates while extra information is provided by special guests appearing via Skype. 

Productions

2017 – Insert Name Here - Series Three
Third series of the comedy panel show hosted by Sue Perkins with team captains Josh Widdicombe and Richard Osman. Eight episodes starting November 2017 including a Christmas Special. Co-produced with 12 Yard Productions.

2017 - Zapped - Series Two
Fantasy sitcom broadcast on Dave, starring James Buckley, Paul Kaye, Sharon Rooney, Ken Collard and Louis Emerick. Co-produced with Baby Cow Productions. You can watch it here and follow it on Facebook

2016 - Zapped
Fantasy sitcom broadcast on Dave, starring James Buckley, Paul Kaye, Sharon Rooney, Ken Collard and Louis Emerick. Co-produced with Baby Cow Productions. You can watch it here and follow it on Facebook
Reviews
‘great one liners with almost Pythonesque moments’ - Radio Times
‘amusing in the old fashioned silly way where characters actually say and do funny things’ – Sunday Times
‘laugh-out-loud jokes… splendid cast’ – Daily Mirror

2016 – Insert Name Here - Series Two
Second series of the comedy panel show hosted by Sue Perkins with team captains Josh Widdicombe and Richard Osman. A Christmas Special will be broadcast at the end of 2016 with a brand new series following from January 2017. Co-produced with 12 Yard Productions.

2016 - Be Not Afraid
Second sitcom script. Commissioned by Channel 4.

2016 - Insert Name Here - Series One
Comedy panel show hosted by Sue Perkins with team captains Richard Osman and Josh Widdicombe. Co-produced with 12 Yard Productions.
Reviews
‘pretty close to the panel-show holy grail’  -  The Times
‘sure to make a name for itself’ - Daily Express

2015 - Be Not Afraid
Pilot sitcom script. Commissioned by Channel 4.

2013 - Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask – Series Two
Second series of the comedy quiz presented by Alexander Armstrong and starring a host of top comedians including Russell Kane, Jack Whitehall, Jo Brand, Jason Manford, Susan Calman, Stephen Mangan and Clive Anderson. Six part series for Dave. Co-produced with So Television.

2012 - Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask – Series One
Comedy quiz presented by Alexander Armstrong with Dave Lamb and featuring a host of top comedians including Jimmy Carr, Graham Norton, Ed Byrne, Russell Kane and Mark Watson. Six part series for Dave. Co-produced with So Television.

2012 - And You Are?
Comedy quiz show hosted by Miranda Hart featuring Dara O’Brian, Lee Mack and Hugh Dennis. Non-broadcast pilot for BBC1. Co-produced with BBC Comedy.

2011 - Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask – Bank Holiday Special
Comedy quiz presented by Alexander Armstrong featuring Dave Lamb. Starring Robert Webb, Katy Brand and Griff Rhys-Jones. Broadcast special for Dave/UKTV. Co-produced with So Television.

2009 - Public Enemy Number One
Topical comedy show presented by Eamonn Holmes and starring Richard Bacon, Rufus Hound, Bob Mills and Anna Richardson. Pilot script for ITV1. Co-produced with ITV Studios.

2008 - Spongeheads
Topical puppet show voiced by Rufus Hound and Dave Lamb with Katherine Jakeways and Jon Holmes. Pilot for BBC3.

2008 - Favourite Worst Nightmare
A panel show about dilemmas, hosted by Rufus Hound, with songs and music from Phil Nicol. Panelists Rhod Gilbert, Andrew Maxwell and Kirsten O'Brien. Pilot for five. Co-produced with Talkback Thames.

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About Us

Dan, Paul and Will all started their careers as writer/performers. They first collaborated on the seminal Radio 4 show, Weekending and went on to write and star in several of their own radio shows.

Dan and Paul wrote and performed in two series of their sketch show, We Know Everything.

Dan and Will wrote and performed, together with Ben Silburn, a self-titled sketch show, The Curried Goat Radio Show, for Radio 2 and still heard from time to time on Radio 4 Extra.

In 1998 Dan, Will and Paul, together with Ben Silburn, wrote and performed a topical series for ITV1 called Stuff The Week.

As well as developing, writing and producing projects for Black Dog, Dan, Will and Paul continue to write for a huge variety of television programmes. Here's a bit more information about them:

 

DAN GASTER 

DAN GASTER has been writing, performing and producing comedy since 1992.

Dan has written for many comedy entertainment shows including Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie to You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, A League of Their Own, Mock the Week, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, 10 O’Clock Live, The Last Leg and eighteen series of The Graham Norton Show.

Script writing credits include  Life of Riley (BBC1), The Thick of It (BBC2), Pramface (BBC3), Scream Street (CBBC) as well as sketches for That Mitchell and Webb Look, Spitting Image, 2DTV and Newzoids.

On the radio, Dan writes The Unbelievable Truth and has occasionally appeared on other radio shows including Armando Ianucci’s Charm Offensive.

PAUL POWELL

PAUL POWELL has been writing/producing comedy since 1991.

Television credits include Miranda, Spitting Image, It’ll Be Alright On The Night and three series of Life of Riley. Radio credits include The Now Show, The Griff Rhys Jones Show, and It’s Your Round (starring Angus Deayton).

Paul has written for a number of large-scale live events including Miranda Hart’s ‘My, What I Call, Live Show’, the Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday Tribute and the Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace.

He’s picked up a Comedy Award for Al Murray’s Happy Hour, an RTS award for Miranda, and the title of 39th greatest comedy sketch for ‘Saying Goodbye’ from Smack The Pony.

He’s a non-executive director of the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society and co-wrote the best-selling ‘Top Gear: Alternative Highway Code’.

WILL ING

WILL ING has worked as a writer, script editor and producer for twenty years.

Having started out working on the classic satirical show Spitting Image, he has written for almost everyone under the sun, from John Cleese to Ant and Dec and his credits include Have I Got News For You, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Stand Up For The Week, Live At The Apollo and Would I Lie To You.

On the radio he has worked as a writer and script editor on many shows including The Now Show, It’s a Fair Cop with Alfie Moore, Look Away Now and The Curried Goat Radio Show in which he performed.

He has also written for numerous kids’ shows such as Zoo Factor, Hank Zipzer, Millie Inbetween, Operation Ouch and the Bafta-nominated Officially Amazing.

In a former life he was also a teacher, a stand-up and a very occasional actor.

Yes, it is his real name.

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