Monkey 21 in 21


Led by the formidable trio Will Macdonald, Dave Granger and Sam Lawrence, Monkey has firmly established itself as a leader in creating, developing and producing non-scripted programming and formats for key UK broadcasters and US networks.

From award-winning reality and hybrid reality-quiz shows, iconic game shows and music entertainment, to variety sketch shows, comedy and podcasts. Some of our beloved Monkey favourites include Made in Chelsea, Don’t Hate the Playaz, Celebrity Karaoke Club, The Emily Atack Show, The Real Housewives of Cheshire and Jersey and new Sky show, Dating No Filter.

Over the years, Monkey has continued to push the boundaries in non-scripted television and provide a launchpad for generations of diverse on-screen talent. In 2019, Don’t Hate the Playaz became the first TV show in UK history to feature an all black, all female panel with team captains Maya Jama and Lady Leshurr, joined by musician Sabrina Washington, rapper Ms Banks and comedians London Hughes and Sophie Duker. Then in 2020, Monkey was the first UK production company to get back into production on a comedy entertainment studio show: Comedy Game Night hosted by Liza Tarbuck, alongside team captains Sue Perkins and Guz Khan. To date, the company has produced over 80 hours of television across 10 different series throughout the pandemic, becoming a key supplier to UK broadcasters such as ITV and Channel 4.

So, to celebrate the company’s incredible achievements and the fact Monkey is turning 21 in 2021, Will, Dave and Sam sat down with the Royal Television Society (RTS) to discuss the secret formula behind their success and what the future holds! As a special treat, Dave was also joined by renowned British stand-up comedian, TV and radio presenter Judi Love and comedian, TV presenter and UK national treasure Joel Dommett to talk all things Dating No Filter and provide an exclusive sneak peek of tonight’s episode.

In case you missed the RTS session today, you can check it out here. Then don’t forget, Dating No Filter is on air every Thursday at 10pm on Sky One & NOW TV here in the UK!

Here’s to Monkey turning 21 in 2021. Let’s raise a virtual, socially distanced glass, as we look forward to the next 21 years of fun, raucousness, success, breaking records and pushing the boundaries in non-scripted television!