& CO (PeakViewing Interactive)
Made for interactive cable TV, this
was a sitcom for the 6 to 10 age range. Set in a rather anarchic
café, it featured a cast of puppets, a lot of slapstick and
a recipe for children in each show. Made in 2001, it was a series
of 26 programmes, of which I wrote 13 and the multi-talented Wayne
Jackman wrote the other half. Another former colleague with whom
I was reunited on this show was Richard Robinson, who designed and
made all the puppets.
BOOK (PeakViewing Interactive)
& Co spun off into a further series in 2002, featuring two of
the main characters – the excitable Chef and Soapy the kitchen
frog. Again, a series of 26 programmes, with Wayne Jackman and me
writing half the programmes.
FEED (PeakViewing Interactive)
interactive mayhem – an educational series disguised as a
manic quiz show set in a chicken coop, with a large cast of puppets
designed by Richard Robinson. This was made in 2001, and again there
were 26 programmes shared equally between Wayne Jackman and me.
a show I was supposed to be working on – but in 1995 the series
writer was taken ill, having written all but one of the programmes.
With the recording deadline looming, I was asked to step into the
breach and write the remaining programme at short notice –
which I did.
BOOK TOWER (ITV)
BAFTA award-winning Book Tower ran for years, and for the 1988 series
I was commissioned to dramatise two books for teenagers. These ran
as a serial throughout the series of 8 programmes, and were then
reassembled as half-hour dramas for separate transmission.
MOTHER WOULDN'T LIKE IT (ITV)
was a cult teenage comedy show, for which I was commissioned to
write a load of sketches. The series of 7 programmes was transmitted
ON THE TUM (ITV)
Tickle on the Tum was an amazing
series for younger children, set in a village where the dustman
was played by Billy Connolly, the doctor by Bill Oddie, and every
other character was a star. Fronted by Ralph McTell, it featured
songs, stories and sketches; I was script editor and provided material
for 40 programmes in 1986.
THE BIKE SHEDS (ITV)
in a bizarre school called Fulley Comprehensive (I plead guilty
to that one!), this was a mixture of comedy sketches and songs aimed
at 9-13 year olds. For the first series of 8 programmes in 1983,
I was script editor and shared the writing duties with John Yeoman.
Not to be confused with the second series, which was rather different
and which I didn’t work on.
This was a lively magazine show
aimed at the teenage audience, comprising sketches, songs and factual
reports. I was script associate and writer for two series –
13 programmes in all – in 1982.
was the precursor of Sunny Side up – the same sort of audience
and magazine format, fronted by a team of young presenters. Again
I was script associate and writer, and the series ran for 8 programmes
was the first programme I ever wrote – a highly-visual educational
magazine programme for deaf children. Fronted by Derek Griffiths,
it won a BAFTA nomination for the first series of 14 programmes
in 1979, and a second series of 14 programmes followed in 1980.