Hugh’s career started in radio comedy, where the first person to buy one of his jokes was Armando Iannucci. Hugh went on to write several series of ‘The News Quiz’, as well as contributing to a host of other radio comedy shows. This is also where he started inventing quiz shows – ‘Cross Questioned’, ‘Who Goes There?’, and ‘Parliamentary Questions’ were all hits for Radio 4, clocking up a combined total of 18 series.
Moving into television, Hugh was a regular writer on Mel and Sue’s ‘Light Lunch’ (and its successor ‘Late Lunch’), followed by a spell as the go-to writer for BBC TV Entertainment, scripting the pilots and initial few series of ‘Friends Like These’ and ‘Dog Eat Dog’.
It was around this time that Hugh decided to focus on inventing TV shows of his own. First came a couple of formatted comedy chat shows (‘God Almighty’ for Channel 5, hosted by Clive Anderson; and ‘Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner’ for BBC2, hosted by Anne Robinson). Hugh also invented the hidden-camera-meets-comedy-game-show genre with ‘The Sack Race’ (BBC2, also prime time in America as ‘Fire Me…Please!’) and the celebrity quiz ‘School’s Out’ (So Television), which had 2 successful series on BBC1.
In 2012, 9 long years after Hugh first had the idea in an amusement arcade in Norfolk, RDF Television launched ‘Tipping Point’, which has become a daytime smash for ITV.
To relax (this is a man who knows how to enjoy himself), Hugh is a prolific question writer for ‘Only Connect’. He also likes going to pub quizzes, usually with Lynn.
Lynn began her career in theatre, before accidentally getting a job in television, which she found she enjoyed, and was quite good at.
She worked in the independent sector for many years including spells at Hat Trick, Wall to Wall, MTV and Action Time.
In 1999, she took a three-month job at the BBC and ended up staying for seven years. During her time there she was part of the team responsible for developing, amongst other titles, The Weakest Link, Jet Set, Friends Like These, Dog Eat Dog, Hard Spell, and Strictly Come Dancing – which she was responsible for naming. In her spare time she went to LA and exec’ed the Weakest Link – also training all the foreign hosts (98 in all).
As the BBC’s International Development Executive, Lynn secured the rights to The Apprentice and Dragons' Den.
She very symbolically left the BBC the week she turned 40 to become Head of Development at RDF Television. Successes during this time include Tipping Point, The Truth About Size Zero, Sing if You Can, Only Connect (working with sister company Presentable), How the Other Half Live, Wogan’s Perfect Recall and Don’t Forget The Lyrics.
In 2012 she moved on to be Director of Development at CPL where commissions include 75 eps of Decimate for BBC1, Married at First Sight for C4, Who Repairs Wins for UKTV and The Day the Cash Came for BBC1.
Wherever she is, Lynn always prides herself on having happy teams, who bring as much enthusiasm and passion to their work as she does.
She is particularly fond of costume jewellery, piano bars, pub quizzes and cats. She lives with her civil partner and their three children in South East London. She is quite fond of them too.
Kate studied English Literature at Goldsmiths University. Starting out as a TV and Film Make-up Artist she moved into Development at the BBC. Kate worked on Strictly Come Dancing and How to Solve a Problem like Maria as part of the production team. She then went to RDF Television to join Lynn and become Development Manager. Kate took time out of TV to develop two children before joining Lynn at Mighty.
Alex has developed and secured commissions at all of the main British broadcasters. His development credits include Tipping Point and Sing If You Can for ITV, The Brightest Briton and Decimate for BBC One, The Taste for Channel 4, The World’s Biggest Pets for Five and Thronecast for Sky Atlantic.
Alex has also produced a variety of entertainment shows including Big Brother’s Little Brother, Big Brother’s Big Mouth and The Paul O’Grady Show on Channel 4.
Alex began his career at BBC Radio 1, where he made music documentaries, worked as a reporter and spent many a happy hour creating bomb sound FX for Tim Westwood. Kaboom!
Before joining the Mighty team, Kiran made statues talk for a living, producing Talking Statues and Statue Stories Chicago for non-profit arts organisation Sing London. During her time here she also project managed Search Party, the flagship event for the Mayor's Find your London festival, which involved planning a massive treasure hunt across the city, all clues leading to one big secret party.
Kiran has an MA in Playwriting and Screenwriting from City University, and she is also an editor for family arts magazine, Curious Mum.
Working at Mighty is Kiran's introduction to the world of television...and she rather likes it!