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Talkback Thames

Talkback Thames
Industry Media
Founded 10 February 2003 (2003-02-10)
Defunct 1 January 2012 (2012-01-01)
Headquarters London, England
Key people
Sara Geater (CEO)
Products Television
Owner FremantleMedia
(RTL Group,
owned by Bertelsmann)

Talkback Thames (stylised as talkbackTHAMES and formerly Talkback Productions and Thames Television) was a British television production company, a division of Fremantle Media (part of the RTL Group, which in turn is owned by Bertelsmann). It was formed by the merger of Talkback Productions and Thames Television. This merger was arranged in February 2003 and reversed in January 2012.

The company also included, as subsidiaries, several other production companies owned by FremantleMedia, including the UK arm of Reg Grundy Productions; comedy specialists Alomo Productions and William G. Stewart's company Regent Productions.

The CEO of Talkback Thames was Sara Geater, who took up the post in October 2010, replacing Lorraine Heggessey, who had been CEO of Talkback Thames from 2005 to 2010. She in turn, replaced Peter Fincham, who had been CEO of Talkback from 1986 to 2003 and then of Talkback Thames from 2003. Fincham left to take over Heggessey's previous job as Controller of BBC One.


  • Reorganisation 1
  • Productions 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


In November 2011, it was announced that, from 1 January 2012, the Talkback Thames brand would be split into four different labels within the newly created FremantleMedia UK production arm:

  • Boundless for factual shows.[1]
  • Retort for scripted comedy.[1]
  • Talkback for comedy entertainment.[1]
  • Thames for entertainment shows.[1]

The splitting of Talkback Thames happened as planned on New Year's Day, 1 January 2012.[2] A fifth label concentrating on drama, Newman Street (named after the location of TalkbackThames's headquarters), was later launched.



  1. ^ a b c d Conlan, Tara (23 November 2011). "Talkback Thames to be split up". The Guardian. 
  2. ^ Campbell, Lisa. "Talkback Thames brand to disappear".  
  3. ^ "Poisoned". IMDB. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 

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