Bafta award is a dream come true for TV producer

Producer Mark Talbot and co-creator Jolyon Rubinstein picking up the Bafta for the best comedy programme for The revolution will be Televised
Producer Mark Talbot and co-creator Jolyon Rubinstein picking up the Bafta for the best comedy programme for The revolution will be Televised
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A comedian and producer who grew up in Morton picked up a television Bafta on Sunday for his BBC Three series.

Former Stamford School pupil Mark Talbot, 30, accepted the award for best comedy programme for the series The Revolution will be Televised at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2013 in London.

Mark said: “It feels a bit like a dream. It was a brilliant and unforgettable night.

“It was the biggest gig I have ever played, I was up on screen on BBC One in front of 6.3 million people.

“We had been watching the FA Cup final the day before so when I got up on stage I said ‘We feel like Wigan Athletic.’ That went down well and it was okay after that.”

Mark said he struggled to believe it when his show’s name was read out and had to double check he had not imagined it.

Mark, who works for Hat Trick productions, said it only really sank in when he woke up the next day to see a gold shining Bafta sat on his bedside table.

Viewers of the satirical comedy series, The Revolution will be Televised, will have noticed a few recognisable scenes during the series with a sketch about G4S working with Lincolnshire Police, filmed at Stamford Police Station and in High Street.

The Revolution will be Televised, which is the first series Mark has produced, aired in August last year and has been confirmed for a second series.

The show beat Mr Stink starring David Walliams; Welcome to the Places of My Life featuring Steve Coogan and Cardinal Burns.

Mark said the origins of his comedy career started when was at Stamford School where he and his friends used to carry out prank calls and made radio shows.

He said: “I am really sorry to anyone who I woke up in the middle of the night with a prank call but it is all worth it now because I have won a Bafta.”