Two new sketch shows which I’ve written material for have been filming over the summer: ‘Diddy TV’, for which I’ve been a lead writer, is a sequel to the BAFTA-winning ‘Diddy Movies’. Again starring Dick and Dom, this time the show’s spoofing the TV schedules and ad breaks, from Strictly Come Dancing to Bake Off. ‘Diddy TV’ is set for broadcast on CBBC at the end of 2015. ‘Class Dismissed’, also for CBBC, is inspired by reality shows like ‘Educating Essex’, and takes place in a weird and wonky school, where the teachers definitely need more help than the students.
I’ve been commissioned to write three episodes of the new comedy-horror series Scream Street, based on Tommy Donbavand’s hit series of children’s books. The CBBC show will be created in stop-frame animation, produced by Coolabi Productions, with characters designed by Mackinnon & Saunders, the team behind movies Frankenweenie and Fantastic Mr. Fox.
I’m contributing additional material to the House of Fraser BAFTA Television Awards 2015, co-writing gags for Graham Norton’s host script, as well as the award presenters’ citations, with Brona C Titley. The show is broadcast on 10th May at 8pm on BBC1.
A LONG LONG CRIME AGO, the series I’ve co-created and written for CBBC, will get its premiere across Easter weekend, Good Friday to Easter Monday at 4.30pm on the CBBC Channel. The four episodes put fairy tale characters on trial for their crimes, with a jury of real kids deciding their fate. The cast is led by Gordon Kennedy, Samuell Benta, John P. Arnold and Gabriel Quigley. I developed the show with BBC Scotland, and it mixes courtroom drama, CSI reconstructions and fairy tale funny bits.
I’m writing for ‘Floogals’, a new comedy for kids about three aliens exploring Earth. The show mixes CGI and live action and will launch on the US network Sprout this year. Floogals is being produced by The Foundation in the UK.
An episode of ‘Diddy Movies 2‘ that I co-wrote has won the 2014 BAFTA CHILDREN’S AWARD FOR BEST COMEDY. I’ve been a lead writer on both series of the show, and the winning episode ‘High Broom & A Christmas, Christmas Movie’ was produced by Steve Ryde and directed by Dez McCarthy. The award was announced at a ceremony on November 23rd. Also nominated in the Comedy category was ‘DNN: Definitely Not Newsround‘, for which I was a regular sketch writer on this second series.
I’ve been commissioned by Disney to develop a show bible and pilot script for a live action 26-part teen comedy-drama with a culinary twist.
CPL Productions has optioned and commissioned a new script for NANNIES, the sitcom I co-created and wrote with Brona C Titley. The original script was a Bafta Rocliffe Comedy Winner last year, and was presented at the New York Television Festival in October 2013. We’re now really excited to be developing it further…
CBBC has commissioned a mini-series of ‘A LONG LONG CRIME AGO’, the show that puts fairy tale characters on trial for their crimes. I’ve been developing the show with BBC Scotland over the last two years, including a pilot script, and I’m now writing the four half hour episodes. The series will mix courtroom drama, CSI reconstructions, and fairy tale funny bits; shooting starts late 2014.
I’m writing sketches for series two of DNN – the Bafta-nominated news spoof comedy on CBBC. As the tagline states, ‘It’s the news, but not as you know it!’. The show returns in Spring 2014.
The brand new series of DIDDY MOVIES, the Bafta-nominated comedy starring Dick and Dom, is stripped all this week on CBBC, starting 3rd March. As one of the lead writers, I wrote two of the mini movies, and co-wrote two more with Carl Carter.
I’ve been asked to speak on a panel at this year’s NYTVF LONDON event at BAFTA. Run by the New York Television Festival, the session is about the importance of writers and creators developing original content and ideas. If you’re around at the event, do say hello!…
I’ve been commissioned by BBC Comedy to write an original sitcom script for radio called KILLER IN KRISTINA, co-created with Brona C. Titley. The show is about a loving wife and mother who’s also a serial killer.