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Pete Thornton

Creative Head, Comedy | BBC
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After an early career working with puppets on Spitting Image, and with Wallace and Gromit (on the Oscar winning shorts The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave) Pete eventually graduated to working with real people, on a wide variety of popular live action series in the UK including Father Ted and Brass Eye.

He joined the BBC in 2002 where he honed his ability for script development, being involved from the outset on award winning comedies such as The Smoking Room and The Visit. As an executive producer in the comedy department he worked on David Renwick’s Jonathan Creek specials, the pilot for hit BBC2 sitcom Miranda, and also Comic Relief in 2009, working alongside Richard Curtis. 

Pete joined Comedy Central UK in May 2010 as Commissioning Editor, and following a successful pilot in early 2011 he commissioned Big Talk Productions to make the channels first ever home grown scripted show Threesome. This show was out-rated only by US blockbuster Two and a Half Men, and was immediately re-commissioned for a second series. The channel now has a healthy slate of UK originations including at least two new series for 2012/13.

Pete returned to the BBC as Creative Head for Comedy in April 2012 to take on the lead role in delivering Comic Relief for March 2013. He is executive producer for the new 90 minute Jonathan Creek special for next Easter on BBC1, and also has a number of scripts in development for production and broadcast across all the major BBC platforms going forward. 

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