The Comedy Unit Ltd.
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryTelevision production
Founded1983; 41 years ago (1983)
HeadquartersGlasgow, Scotland, UK
ParentRDF Group
Zodiak Media (2010–2016)
Banijay (2016–present)

The Comedy Unit Ltd. or known sometimes as just Comedy Unit is a Scottish company that produces sitcoms, comedy sketches, live shows and other comedy productions. It began life as an in-house BBC department in 1983 under the auspices of Producer Colin Gilbert and became an independent production company in 1996 when Gilbert and business manager April Chamberlain left the BBC.[1] By 2001 they had an annual turnover of £2 million a core staff of 12 employees.[2] They have produced radio and television shows that were aired on BBC Scotland and BBC Radio Scotland.[3]

It was bought by London-based RDF Media Group in 2006[4] which in turn was acquired by Paris-based Zodiak Entertainment Group in 2010. The creators of Still Game terminated their connections with the expanded group although the show itself continued as a co-production. Zodiak was in turn acquired by the Banijay Group in 2016.



  1. ^ "BBC comedy duo to go independent". The Herald. 2 November 1995. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  2. ^ Ogilvy, Graham (19 August 2001). "Comedy Unit laughing all the way to the bank". Scotland on Sunday. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  3. ^ Dixon, Guy (31 August 2013). "Television and radio firm wins £4.5m orders". Scotland on Sunday. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  4. ^ "GBP10m offer for firm behind the cream of Scots comedy Broadcasters back London group's move". The Herald. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 7 January 2017.