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Boffola

/bɒˈfəʊlə/
INFORMAL • NORTH AMERICAN
noun
a joke or a line in a script intended to get a laugh.
adjective
(of a laugh) hearty and unrestrained.
Definitions from Oxford Languages

Boffola Pictures limited is a production company founded by Kate Daughton and Shane Allen.

Our ambition is to enable comedy writers and performers to achieve excellence across the spectrum of sitcom and comedy drama.

The Team

Kate Daughton CCO

Kate left her job as Head of Comedy at the BBC to set up Boffola Pictures. During her 5 years at the BBC she commissioned and exec-produced numerous shows across all channels. Key titles include, The Outlaw’s, Back to Life, Alma’s Not Normal, In my Skin, Ghosts, Fleabag Series 2, This Time with Alan Partridge, The Witchfinder, Two Doors Down, Mum, Don’t Forget the Driver, Upstart Crow, Defending the Guilty, Man Like Mobeen, Count Arthur Strong, Out of her Mind, Toast of Tinseltown, The Goes Wrong Show and Stand Up for Live Comedy. Before joining the BBC Kate produced a number of shows, most notably the BAFTA award-winning Toast of London and David Mitchell and Robert Webb’s Back.

Shane Allen CCO

Shane is the first person to have held the Head of Comedy role at both Channel 4 and the BBC. Key BBC commissioning credits: Peter Kay’s Car Share, Ghosts, Gavin & Stacey 2019 Christmas, Worzel Gummidge, Mum, Fleabag, Inside Number 9, Motherland, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, Charlie Brooker’s Antiviral Wipe, Man Like Mobeen, This Country, Mandy, Detectorists, The Young Offenders, W1A, The Other One and People Just Do Nothing both the series and movie. He launched the BBC Comedy Association to promote more inclusiveness through writing bursaries and sponsoring off screen production entry roles across numerous shows; as well as bring the New Comedy Awards back to television.

At C4 he was responsible for The Inbetweeners Movie (£45m at the UK box office), Friday Night Dinner, Black Mirror, Toast, Peep Show, The IT Crowd, Cardinal Burns, Fonejacker, Star Stories, PhoneShop and Charlie Brooker’s Dead Set.

Early career in production included The 11 0’Clock Show, Shooting Stars, Ali G in Da USAiiii and The Brass Eye Special.

News

New comedy thriller confirmed for BBC One & BBC iPlayer

Boffola Pictures has landed its debut commission, a BBC comedy-thriller from This Country creator Daisy May Cooper and Deadwater Fell’s Selin Hizli, exec produced by Jack Thorne.

Cooper and Hizli will play the leads and are starring in the untitled six-part show, portraying two friends who love fun, laughter and booze until everything unravels.

(6 x 30, BBC One)

Emily Allen appointed as Head of Development

Boffola Pictures has made its first appointment, bringing in the former BBC Development Producer Emily Allen. Allen’s commissioning credits include PRU for BBC Three, stand up show Funny Festival Live for BBC Two, Peck’Eds from emerging talent Soph Galustian & the upcoming BBC Three series, Zen School of Motoring. She was also responsible for the inaugural BBC Festival of Funny shorts, which brought 15 short films from emerging comedy filmmakers to BBC iPlayer.

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