Topical Television is one of Britain's longest established independent production companies. Since its inception, Topical's award-winning team has produced nearly 2000 hours of network television programming, including many long-running series ranging from 20-600 episodes. They’ve been described as a 'large company masquerading as a small one- - and have been listed by Broadcast Magazine as one of the 'top ten biggest airtime providers to the BBC'.
Topical has produced television programmes for all the major channels and across all genres – including live OB, documentary, factual, game show and entertainment. The company has worked with an array of the best-known and most popular talent on television. They’ve won Royal Television Awards in Features and Factual Entertainment categories and for Innovation.
The company formed in 1992. It has built a reputation as a live television specialist and for access programmes. The company has pioneered the use of presented live documentary, including the award-winning daily BBC television series City Hospital, which ran weekdays for 9 years. And Topical’s BBC series Behind Bars - a week of daily OB programmes presented live from inside a prison, was a world first. Other unusual projects include a live spacebridge on both sides of the Atlantic with an American talk shows for July 4th, a discussion of nudity with a naked audience live from Brighton beach, Britain’s first live birth on TV, and a studio event series with Carol Vorderman which, uniquely, was transmitted by both BBC One and ITV in the same quarter.
Current productions include the two highly successful returning BBC series Caught Red Handed and Close Calls On Camera, following on from the one hundred episodes of the emergency series Real Rescues, for BBC One daytime and peak, presented by Nick Knowles. Topical is also one of the main suppliers of strands, involving hundreds of film features, for the BBC’s flagship series The One Show.
In 2009, Topical became part of Avalon Entertainment Ltd.