Shane is responsible for the commissioning of all scripted comedy programmes to BBC channels.
The commissioning team oversees relations with the entire UK production community to deliver original scripted comedy (sitcom and sketch). The BBC is the UK’s largest generator of original British comedy.
Recent successful commissions include Peter Kay’s Car Share, The Detectorists, Fleabag, Mum, People Just Do Nothing, Motherland, This Country
Last updated July 2018.
Shane joined BBC at the end of 2012.
Shane oversees the entire comedy output across the BBC’s portfolio of channels both from BBC Studios and the independent sector. Key commissions include, for BBC One: Peter Kay’s Car Share, Not Going Out, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Still Open All Hours, A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong, This Time With Alan Partridge, Warren, Still Game and Hold The Sunset. For BBC Two: Mum, Upstart Crow, Good Omens, Motherland, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, Dave Allen At Peace, W1A, Charlie Brooker’s Wipes, Two Doors Down, Inside No.9, The Rack Pack and White Gold. For BBC Three: Fleabag, Cuckoo, People Just Do Nothing, Enterprice, Witless, Uncle, Man Like Mobeen, Famalam, The Young Offenders and This Country and for BBC Four: Detectorists, There She Goes, Brian Pern and Eric, Ernie and Me.
Prior to the current role, he worked at Channel 4 for eight years starting as a commissioning editor and ending as Head of Comedy. Key commissions include The Inbetweeners Movie (£45m at the UK box office), Friday Night Dinner, Black Mirror, Peep Show, The It Crowd, Toast, Comic Strip: The Hunt For Tony Blair, Cardinal Burns, Fonejacker/Facejacker, Star Stories, Drifters, Very Important People and Charlie Brooker’s Dead Set. Allen brought The British Comedy Awards to Channel 4, reinvigorating the brand and reverting the show to a live broadcast.
Before joining Channel 4, Allen worked in the independent production sector. His credits include The 11 O’clock Show, Ali G In The Us Aiiiii, Shooting Stars & The Brass Eye Special.
Salary and total remuneration
Total remuneration: £208,000
This information is correct as of September 2017.
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Shane Allen had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2012-13
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