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Jack Docherty

Jack Docherty
Born John Docherty
Nationality Scottish
Known for Writer, actor, presenter, producer

Jack Docherty (born John Docherty, 1962, Edinburgh) is a Scottish writer, actor, presenter and producer.


  • Career 1
  • Absolutely Productions 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


He first performed at the 1980 Moray Hunter, Gordon Kennedy and Pete Baikie. They performed each year from 1980 to 1985. Arfington, Arfington their 1984 show and Mr Hargreaves Did It their 1985 show were both shortlisted for the Perrier Comedy Award. In 1982 he dropped out of Aberdeen University where he was studying law, after he and Moray Hunter became a staff writers in the BBC radio comedy department contributing to various shows including Radio Active, In One Ear, Week Ending and The News Huddlines. He also recorded one series with The Bodgers for Radio 4 called In Other Words...The Bodgers. For the second series, producer Alan Nixon teamed them with John Sparkes and Morwenna Banks for Bodgers, Banks and Sparkes, forming the cast that would go on to make the sketch show Absolutely for Channel 4.

In addition to his radio work, he wrote for Morwenna Banks he co-wrote the C4 Comedy Lab Model, Actress, Whatever... directed by Rankin and, again with Moray Hunter, two series of the BBC2 sitcom The Creatives. In 2008 he and Hunter wrote the BBC2 series The Cup starring Steve Edge. This was an adaptation of the Canadian sitcom The Tournament.[1] In 2012 he wrote and acted in 'Stop / Start', a pilot for BBC Radio 4.[2] This was then commissioned for a 6 part series which was broadcast on Radio 4 from 6 September 2013 with the title Start/Stop.[3]

As an actor Docherty is best known for his work on the BBC2. Also in 2000 he co-starred with Mark Williams in The Strangerers, the Rob Grant penned sci-fi series for Sky One, and provided one of the voices for the aardman Oscar nominated short Humdrum. In 2013 he appeared regularly in the BBC3 sitcom Badults.

In 1997 he was part of the launch of Channel 5 becoming Britain's first five nights a week chat show host on The Jack Docherty Show. The show is also notable for featuring some of the first television work of writers Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley, Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, and writer/performers David Mitchell and Robert Webb. Not The Jack Docherty Show, broadcast when Docherty was on holiday, featured guest hosts including Phil Jupitus, Rich Hall, Melinda Messenger and most notably Graham Norton who was signed by Channel 4 after his stint to host So Graham Norton. Docherty quit the show in 1999 and Channel 5 did not replace him, ending their production of late night talk shows. In 2000, he hosted the BAFTA film awards in London. Notoriously, he began the night by revealing the twist ending to The Sixth Sense, a move that did not go down well with the audience. In 2001 to 2002 he hosted the Radio 2 show Saturday Night Jack which reunited him with his Absolutely colleague Pete Baikie. He was also an occasional host of Radio 2's Friday night arts show.

His work as a producer includes the BBC Scotland film No Holds Bard (2008), and two series (2009 and 2010) of the BBC1 sitcom The Old Guys.

Absolutely Productions

He is a co-founder of Absolutely Productions. The company was formed in 1989 to produce the eponymous sketch show for Trigger Happy TV, The Armstrong and Miller Show, The Strangerers, Stressed Eric, The Jack Docherty Show and Meg and Mog.


  1. ^ "Absolutely duo pen football sitcom". 20 February 2008. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Stop/Start – Radio 4 Sitcom – British Comedy Guide". Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
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