Hello there. Thanks for popping in. I am a television producer and writer of many years and many types of shows. These days I specialise in scripted comedy. I also write and occasionally perform musical comedy, which you can listen to on Spotify and boost my income by £0.006.
I have nearly twenty years experience in attempting to get a job in media, getting one and then working on everything from daytime fluff and hard hitting stuff to comedy (hopefully), so I thought a blog which outlined some of my memories and advice would be entertaining and possibly even useful. The entertainment usually comes at my own humiliating expense. After all, how do most of us learn in life? By making massive great stupid mistakes. And I’ve made a few.
My working life involves scrabbling around trying to find a new sitcom to pitch or writing treatments and scripts that I hope a commissioner will like. Sometimes they do and often they don’t. I developed the BBC Two sitcom Hebburn with its creator Jason Cook. Previously I developed and produced Lunch Monkeys for BBC Three, several Comedy Labs for Channel 4 and many other shorts and pilots. Recently I’ve been commissioned to write scripts by Channel 4 and Comedy Central.
Before my ascent into comedy I was a factual producer/director. Having begun my career as a radio journalist with the mighty Plymouth Sound (Plymouth is my home city), I moved into factual television as a researcher and then assistant producer with Two Four Productions who were small-ish then, but since I left have become massive. Am sure that’s a coincidence. I worked on many daytime and regional shows for them including Channel 4’s Collectors’ Lot (on before 15-1, only slightly less memorable than Watercolour Challenge).
I left for the bright lights of London, freelanced as an AP then won two commissions for Channel 4’s late night documentary strand for new talent, The Other Side, which I produced, directed and shot. Following those I worked on several shows with Tiger Aspect, which included shooting and directing the pilot for Bailiffs, a hit observational documentary for BBC One, which ran for three series. The last one was series produced by me.
But I always had a love of comedy and was writing, pitching ideas, making tasters and performing (sometimes to audiences in double figures) – I’ve done several Edinburgh Fringe shows. My first in 2003, Soft Toys, was a sketch show with the very talented Michael Spicer. After my 2005 solo show, Ladykiller, which had its moments, comedy producers Channel X asked me to set up a company in Manchester which I ran for nearly ten years.
I now live and work in London writing, developing and procrastinating and have lots of exciting things in various pipelines. I’ll tell you about them if and when they happen.