Company typeSubsidiary
Founded1981; 43 years ago (1981)[1]
FounderMel Smith[1]
Griff Rhys Jones[1]

Talkback is a British television production company established in 1981 by comedy duo Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones.[1]


Talkback was sold to Pearson Television in 2000.[2] The company merged with Thames Television in 2003 and the combined entity was renamed Talkback Thames. However, on 1 January 2012, Talkback Thames was split into four separate production companies; Boundless, Retort, Talkback and Thames.[3]

On 2 September 2018, FremantleMedia UK was renamed to simply Fremantle UK. This was soon followed by Talkback receiving a new logo after six-and-a-half years of the old one, which was inspired by the original design from 1984 since its launch whilst retaining the green colour the company has been associated with since 2003, when it merged with Thames to form Talkback Thames. It was designed in-house.


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  1. ^ a b c d Vanessa Thorpe (20 July 2013). "Mel Smith remembered: 'A gentleman and a scholar, a gambler and a wit' | Griff Rhys Jones talks about his shock at the news of his former comedy partner's death from a heart attack at home". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Pearson TV buys TalkBack". BBC News. 14 June 2000. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  3. ^ Tara Conlan (23 November 2011). "Talkback Thames to be split up". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 23 November 2011.