Shane Allen
Controller, Comedy Commissioning, Television

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, Ghosts, Gavin & Stacey 2019 Christmas Special, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Worzel Gummidge, Still Open All Hours, Series Goes Wrong, This Time With Alan Partridge, Still Game, Click & Collect, King Gary 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, Back to Life, Cuckoo, People Just Do Nothing, Enterprice, Jerk, Witless, Uncle, Man Like Mobeen, Famalam, Ladhood, The Young Offenders and This Country and for BBC Four: Detectorists, Vic & Bob’s Big Night Out, There She Goes, Brian Pern and Eric, Ernie and Me.

Shane announced in April 2019 a new venture to develop a British Comedy Foundation. Opening the doors to new voices and furthering the impact of British comedy, Allen plans to cultivate a comedy community backed advocacy group.

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 and The Brass Eye Special.