Tiger Aspect Productions

Tiger Aspect Productions (formerly known as Tiger Television and also known as Tiger Aspect Films for theatrical films) is a British television and film production company, particularly noted for its situation comedies.

Founded by Peter Bennett-Jones, its productions have included popular hits such as The Vicar of Dibley and Mr. Bean. It has also produced television dramas such as Murphy's Law and Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking and in October 2006, its drama series Robin Hood began showing on BBC One.

They also produced the animated children's series Charlie and Lola, which was based on the books written by Lauren Child. Tiger Aspect have also made a documentary at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre (BRC), Quainton, on the life of Sir John Betjeman for his centenary celebrations. In June 2006, Tiger Aspect was purchased by IMG Media, an international talent and rights group but was then sold to Endemol UK in November 2009.[1]

Tiger Aspect Productions
Tiger Television Production (1988-1994)
Television and film production company
FounderPeter Bennett-Jones
Key people
OwnerEndemol UK
ParentDisney Channels Worldwide


Current programmes

Former programmes

Awards and nominations

Several Tiger Aspect productions have received BAFTA awards:

  • 2000: Alexander Korda Award to Greg Brenman, Jonathan Finn, Stephen Daldry for Most Outstanding Film of the Year – Billy Elliot
  • 2000: Huw Wheldon Award to Paul Sommers, Jan Younghusband, Howard Goodall for: Howard Goodall's Big Bangs
  • 2001: DoubleTake Pilot
  • 2005: Best Single Drama for Omagh, Greg Brenman, Ed Guiney, Paul Greengrass, Pete Travis & Guy Hibbert
  • 2006: Best Factual Series, for Ross Kemp on Gangs, Clive Tulloh, Ross Kemp & Amelia Hann
  • 2009: Best Single Drama for: White Girl


Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result
2017 Diversity in Media Awards Organisation of the Year Tiger Aspect Productions Nominated

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result
2017 Diversity in Media Awards Production Company of the Year Tiger Aspect Productions Nominated


  1. ^ Jason Deans (23 November 2009). "Endemol buys Tiger Aspect". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 December 2017.

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Charlie and Lola (TV series)

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Decline and Fall (TV series)

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Fat Friends

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The series was created by Kay Mellor and made by Rollem Productions in association with Tiger Aspect Productions and Yorkshire Television. Four of the cast — Ruth Jones, James Corden, Sheridan Smith and Alison Steadman — went on to appear in the sitcom Gavin & Stacey.

Harry Enfield's Brand Spanking New Show

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Mr. Bean (animated TV series)

Mr. Bean: The Animated Series (also known as simply Mr. Bean) is a British animated sitcom produced by Tiger Aspect Productions in association with Richard Purdum Productions, Varga Holdings and Sunwoo Entertainment (for its first three seasons). Based on the 1990-95 British live-action television sitcom of the same name created by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson, the series centers on Mr. Bean (voiced by the latter), Teddy, Irma Gobb and the Reliant Regal's mysterious driver with the addition of new characters such as Mrs. Wicket, Bean's landlady and her evil cat Scrapper. In February 2001, the series was officially announced, with it premiering shortly afterwards.Debuting on 5 January 2002 and ending on 2 June 2004, three seasons and 52 episodes were originally broadcast, each consisting of two 11-minute segments. The first two seasons were originally broadcast on ITV1 at a prime time Saturday night slot. In May 2004, the series left ITV1 and the third and final season was instead broadcast daily on CITV due to the series' appeal to younger audiences.

In January 2014, CITV announced a revival of the series with Rowan Atkinson returning as the voice of Mr. Bean, along with other cast members reprising their roles. The revival now features 78 new episodes; the new episodes began airing from 16 February 2015 onwards. The revival now contains more actual dialogue than in the original series which mostly featured little sound effects and mumbling.

Murphy's Law (UK TV series)

Murphy's Law is a BBC television drama, produced by Tiger Aspect Productions for BBC Northern Ireland, starring James Nesbitt as an undercover police officer, Tommy Murphy. There were five series of the drama, shown on BBC One. The first two were composed of individual stories. Series three, four and five were each single stories composed over multiple episodes. Colin Bateman adapted the pilot for a novel.

A sixth series has not been commissioned. In a 2008 interview, Nesbitt attributed this to the fifth series' ratings being damaged after it was scheduled opposite ITV's popular drama Doc Martin.All 23 episodes have since been released on DVD. All episodes from series two onwards were released as edited 50-minute masters instead of the 60-minute versions that were broadcast, except series 3 which was released uncut in the US. The first, second and third series were all released on 28 August 2006. The fourth and fifth series were released in a joint box-set on 15 October 2007.

Prisoners' Wives

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Series one was six episodes long, and premiered on Tuesday 31 January 2012. Series two was a shorter run of four episodes, and began on Thursday 14 March 2013 on BBC One.

Robin Hood (2006 TV series)

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The Deep (TV serial)

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The Good Karma Hospital was recommissioned for a second series. Filming for the second series started in August 2017 and it is being broadcast from 18 March 2018.Season 3 has been confirmed and will return in 2019.

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The theme tune, 'Go My Own Way', was written and recorded by Alexis Strum, and produced by Magnus Fiennes.

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