Creative Breakfast: UKTV Scripted

It’s an exciting time for scripted entertainment in British television! Join us for our next Creative Breakfast when we’ll be chatting to UKTV’s Head of Scripted, Pete Thornton. Pete will be discussing UKTV’s scripted comedy and scripted drama commissioning strategies.

Friday 5th October

Citizen M, Glasgow

9am for coffee

9:30am start

If you’re working in the independent production sector in Scotland and would like to come along, please email Michelle.



Women on the Verge, a new six part comedy coming to W in October. See the first two episodes followed by a Q&A with director Annie Griffin, writer Lorna Martin, and Senior Commissioning Editor Pete Thornton at BAFTA Scotland’s screening on 4th October.



Pete Thornton is Head of Scripted at UKTV, Britain’s biggest multichannel broadcaster, where he commissions scripted comedy and drama for Gold, Dave, W, Drama and Alibi.

Comedy productions under his management include Zapped, Red Dwarf and Porters for Dave, and Murder on the Blackpool Express for Gold. He’s also responsible for UKTV’s first Original drama, the Anna Paquin fronted Flack, as well as Sharon Horgan and Lorna Martin’s comedy drama Women on the Verge, both due to air on W over the next 6 months.

Pete began his career at Spitting Image before moving to Aardman animations where he partnered with Nick Park on two of the Oscar winning Wallace and Gromit films, The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave. He then joined the BBC as a producer on BAFTA award-winning series The Smoking Room and Roger and Val Have Just Got In, before becoming one of the key creatives within the in-house comedy team.

In 2012 Pete left the BBC to become a commissioning editor at Comedy Central where he commissioned and executive produced the broadcaster’s first ever scripted comedy, Threesome, and before joining UKTV, Pete was Head of Comedy at Tiger Aspect.