Welcome to John Stanley Productions
John Stanley was set up in 2011 by Matt Lucas to make high quality television and radio programmes. The company specialises in comedy and entertainment and is developing shows with a number of established writers and performers.
John Stanley is also looking to nurture up-and-coming talent so if you have ideas or scripts you think should be on TV or radio, please get in touch.
Matt Lucas is the host of his own awards ceremony: the perfectly-titled 'Lucases’. Nominations are provided by Matt's three guests in categories that recognise all the areas of achievement sadly overlooked by other awards, whether it's Smuggest Nation of People, Most Moreish Food or Crappiest Beatles Song.
Here’s a clip from series 1 ‘Flat-pack Furniture Store’
And here are the opening titles from series 1
Devised and Written by Ashley Blaker and Matt Lucas.
Matt Lucas returns to BBC One with this prime time ‘silent’ comedy series. This is an entirely visual show centred on the character of Pompidou - an elderly aristocratic English oddball who has fallen on hard times but who remains upbeat and resourceful. Around him the series is populated by a range of wonderfully imaginative new characters played by some of the world's finest physical comedy performers.
Devised and written by Matt Lucas, Julian Dutton and Ashley Blaker
An audience sketch show set entirely in the future, introducing characters from every walk of life whether human, alien, computer, cyborg or mutation.
Created by Matt Lucas and Ashley Blaker
An audience sketch show written and performed by a raft of exciting young welsh comedians. Featuring Cariad Lloyd, Nadia Kamil, Lloyd Langford, Elis James, Sian Harries, Ben Partridge and Gareth Gwynn.
Produced by Ben Walker
How To Contact Us
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John Stanley Productions
2525 / A SIX-PART SKETCH SHOW FOR BBC RADIO 4
Created by Matt Lucas and Ashley Blaker
Brief for Non-commissioned writers
IMPORTANT: he deadline for submitting your sketch ideas for consideration has now passed. Thank you if you have already sent material in. As per the original writers' brief (which follows below), we can't enter into feedback on individual sketches (we've received thousands - it just isn't possible). Also, payment for sketches will only be made if and when they are broadcast as part of the series, so until the show is recorded and edited there will be no further news. If you would like to come along to a recording in London, then the dates and details of how to get tickets will be announced on this website in due course.
2525 is a brand new Radio 4 audience sketch show set entirely in the future. Taking its stylistic cue from ‘Little Britain’, every sketch is set a minimum of 500 years from now and introduces characters from every walk of life whether human, alien, computer, cyborg or mutation.
Alongside a commissioned writing team, we’re inviting non-commissioned writers to send in their sketches for consideration. We are looking for both returning characters and one-off sketches about life in the distant future.
Please note we are not looking to write a science-fiction series per se. Likewise we are not looking for direct spoofs of TV shows or movies. That’s not to say we couldn’t have a sketch involving someone who has a camp droid like C-3P0 but we wouldn’t do a ‘Star Wars’ parody. (Anyway, as we all know, ‘Star Wars’ was set a long, long time ago, not in the future!) We are interested in characters and relationships written in a way that says as much about contemporary life as it does about the future. Some sample characters are included below to give you an idea of what we’re after.
The format of ‘2525’ is that of a traditional sketch show. However each sketch is introduced by an aloof robotic voice-over who can do some of the exposition for you and you should include this introduction with your sketch submissions.
The show is being broadcast at 6.30pm on BBC Radio 4 so the tone of the sketches needs to work in this slot. For example, swearing would rarely if ever be broadcast. Please bear in mind that ‘Little Britain’, while a good reference point in the sense of the format, was broadcast at 11pm so the content was a little different.
The show will be performed by four versatile comic actors; two male, two female. Don’t worry too much about the size of the cast: we can bring in other people, within reason, if required and we can also have performers double up and play multiple characters if needs be. However be aware that a sketch that requires loads of characters might not be feasible.
How It Will Work
The show is recording in Autumn 2013 so we need material at the latest by the end of 13th September please. Please email your sketches to firstname.lastname@example.org
All sketches will be read however we cannot guarantee feedback for everything we receive. If we believe a sketch has potential but would benefit from rewriting, we may be in touch to request some changes before resubmission for consideration. And please note, it is possible that a re-written sketch may still not make the finished production since, as with all sketch shows, more material will be recorded than ends up in the final 28 minute-long episodes.
If you come up with a character-based sketch idea that you think could recur in other episodes, send us just one sketch and include a short paragraph at the end explaining how you think it could be repeated and developed across the series. If we agree then we’ll be back in touch to ask you to write further sketches of this type.
There is a flat fee for all non-commissioned material (regardless of the writer's previous experience). This is £18 per 30 seconds of sketch material (rounded up to the next half-minute i.e. 31 seconds will be paid £36) and will be paid for any material that makes it to the final broadcast episodes.
This fee is for acquisition of all rights in the work and payments will go out at the end of the series. This means if you have sketches in different episodes, you’ll accumulate your fee and be paid a lump sum after the final transmission date.
The show will be recorded in London later this year, dates to be confirmed and writers would be very welcome to attend and be in the audience. Check back at johnstanleyproductions.com for more information as it becomes available.
Sample characters in 2525 include
The futuristic talking-car who is used by his owner to undertake difficult jobs that he doesn’t want to do himself such as split up with his girlfriend or visit sick relatives.
The Robocop-style female police-bot who still has to endure being patronised by the laddish men in the police department.
The landlord of a buy-to-let space-station who is constantly dropping-in to see if his young tenants are looking after it.
The couple of dinner party bores who never stop talking about how their quality of life has changed since they moved to Mars and how everyone else should go and live there as well.
The judgemental mutant who tries to use his powers to uphold truth and justice but who can’t help himself laying into people he thinks just haven’t been careful enough to watch where they are going and what they are doing.
The sentient kitchen appliances who, despite their awesome intelligence, just boil water and make toast. Frustrated, they spend their time gossiping and bitching.
A touchy mutant who has enormous hang ups about her physically peculiarity, especially compared to all the humans she works with. A conversation with her is a minefield as even saying the word ‘I’ will make her think you’re poking fun at the multiple compound eyes she has on her 17 fingertips.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this really Matt Lucas?
You used to follow me. Why don't you follow me anymore? Ah, you refer, I presume, to the Night Of The Great Twitter Cull.
Well what happened was this...
Since I joined Twitter, lots of folk asked me to follow them. So I did. Because I do like to please.
But then my timeline became pretty much unreadable, because there was thousands of people on it. And you should see some of the nonsense people tweet on here (myself included). I've subsequently discovered that what I COULD have done was create lists but I didn't know that then, because I am a technical Luddite, so what I did was unfollow virtually everyone and start again. Actually it felt really good. I recommend it.
But some people became abusive when they realised I was no long following them. Others seemed disproportionately (to me) upset about it.
If you were one of the thousands (it was in the thousands) that got unfollowed, sorry about that. Nothing personal. In fact I notice the numbers are creeping up so I'll probably do it again at some point.
Can you RT this? What – RT your tweet that’s just you asking for an RT? Well I COULD, but it wouldn’t make for hugely entertaining reading.
Can you RT me so I get more followers? See above.
Can you #FF me so I get more followers? See above.
I’m trying to get as many celeb followers as possible. Please can you follow me? See above. (There’s a lot of seeing above going on, I know)
Can you RT my song/film/photo of my dog? Maybe. Depends what mood I’m in. If I really like it, yes.
Can you RT my charity request/send me stuff for my charity? I’m not evil. I do obviously care about stuff like this, but since the advent of Twitter I get sometimes as many as a hundred requests to RT or support charities a day. If I RT’d everyone I wouldn’t have any followers left.
Also, because of the volume of charity RTs we all now see on our timelines, I think we've become over-saturated and I'm no longer convinced about the effectiveness of bombarding people with charity RTs. If anything it turns us off.
But if you really are serious and think there’s a good reason why I should get involved or donate something, then please contact me via my agent. Their website is http://www.troikatalent.com/
Can you read my comedy script? I have a production company – John Stanley Productions – and we are developing things all the time. So if you really are convinced you’re sitting on the next big thing you can contact us, for sure.... http://www.johnstanleyproductions.com/ - I should add that I might not be able to read it personally, but it will be looked at, and we will respond, in time.
Can you wish my friend/brother/sister/mum/dad/concubine happy birthday? Sure. Happy birthday.
Can you wish me happy birthday? Are you really asking someone you’ve never met to wish you happy birthday?
I'm visiting London next week. Can we meet for coffee? Oddly I do get asked this sometimes. And I sort of get it, given that you and I might have exchanged a few tweets. But every hour spent with a new friend is one less with an old friend. Plus I'm actually incredibly annoying in real life. Every time I go to a restaurant, for instance, I move tables about four times because of the air-conditioning or the noise and then I always send the food back. I'm very high maintenance. Honestly you're better off visiting The Imperial War Museum.
Thanks for posing for a photo when I saw you in Marks and Spencer yesterday. You're lovely/Why wouldn't you pose for a photo when I saw you in Marks and Spencer yesterday? You're horrible. I consider myself to be neither. What I am is human. Sometimes I can stop, sometimes I can't, because I'm late or with my mum or just dying for a poo. If you asked me and I couldn't stop, I'm sorry. I promise there was a good reason. Oh, and if you're one of those people who think I didn't just see you take a sneaky photo of me, you're wrong. I always see it. And it's creepy. And rude.
Is it true you and David have split up? Not to my knowledge. Just taking a break. We’ve always taken breaks.
Are you making any more Little Britain/Come Fly With Me/Rock Profile? Maybe. Not sure. Haven’t decided yet.
My wife and I are looking forward to seeing you in Les Miserables tonight. Eek. Thanks. But I'm not in it anymore. I had a great time playing Thenardier, though, and would love to return to the role one day.
Got any projects lined up? I finished filming a new six-part series for BBC One just before Christmas called 'The Matt Lucas Awards', which should be broadcast in the UK in the Spring.
There’s a film coming out that I’m starring in, called ‘Small Apartments’, directed by Jonas Akerlund, which also stars Billy Crystal, James Marsden, Johnny Knoxville and James Caan.
I’m also working on a couple of new projects which – if they get picked up – I would be exec-producing. I like to keep challenging myself and trying new things and am quite happy behind the camera too.
Are you moving to America? Sort of. The plan is to spend more time over there, but I’m not abandoning London. I still have a home here, my dogs are here, my friends and family are here. I’ll be popping home plenty, I’m sure.
What do you think of Arsenal’s chances this season?
Great, as long as we can keep hold of Bergkamp and Vieira.
And that’s pretty much the answers to about 95% of the questions I get asked on Twitter.