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HOLLYOAKS / THE MIMIC

I've been in Chester-based soap Hollyoaks for the last few months - and have now graduated to my own character page on the website. This must be what posterity feels like.


I'll also be turning up in new Channel 4 sitcom The Mimic, starring Terry Mynott. It starts Wednesday 13th March, 10pm.

UTOPIA - JANUARY 2013

In the New Year (January 15th to be exact) Channel 4 start showing Utopia, a conspiracy theory drama written by Dennis Kelly. I'm in two episodes playing 'Headmaster'. I won't tell you what job my character has.


http://www.channel4.com/programmes/utopia

A TIME TRAVELLER'S GUIDE TO THE 21ST CENTURY

Tickets are now available for a new radio pilot I'm recording on Friday June 1st.


This is a magazine show set in a future in which Personal Time Machines have become the must have gadget. Of all the periods open to the Personal Time Machine user an often over-looked and fascinating destination is early years of the 21st Century. After all, these were simpler times when it was common for people to actually laugh at adverts in the cinema. Simpler, more disturbing times. 

Using a team of travel experts, historians and Time Envoys (sponsored by Barclays Bank & Reclaimed Meat Silo), A Time Traveller's Guide To The 21st Century
 will teach you all you need to survive on the mean streets of such fabled ancient cities as London, Manchester or Glasgow. Now better known as Underwater Rubble Wasteland, The Forbidden Zone and New New Edinburgh. 


Details and more info here.

RIP MONGRELS

Sadly, I was told yesterday that Mongrels won't be returning for a third series. We are the Firefly of sweary puppets.

LIVE GHOST HUNT 2011

Danny Robins and I are attempting to explic the inexplicable again with an online reboot of our Edinburgh show Live Ghost Hunt.


Taking place in real time on Halloween this year, Live Ghost Hunt will combine podcasting and Twitter feeds to tell a terrifying and funny tale of the supernatural.

Follow LiveGhostHunt on Twitter for more details.

MONGRELS IS BACK

Mongrels is returning to BBC3 when series 2 starts in November. I've seen some rough edits and it's looking good. Plus, there are some great cameos.


Meanwhile, there's a preview clip here.

LUCY MONTGOMERY'S VARIETY PACK

The second series of LMVP, which I script-edited again, starts 26th July at 6.30pm Radio 4.


It's even better than the first series.

AIOTM RETURNS

Sony Nominated podcast As It Occurs To Me (with Richard Herring) returns to the Leicester Square Theatre and iTunes on 16th May, every Monday until 20th June.


Tickets to the live records can be booked here.

THE INCREASINGLY POOR ACTING OF DAN TETSELL

Not really. Well, I don't think so. OK, its not my best work maybe but I'm in The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret on More4, Sunday 28th November playing a paramedic.

iGOD

This new series which stars Simon Day and David Soul starts on Radio 4 on December 15th at 11pm. Over six episodes it tells the apocalyptic tales of six different parallel worlds and how a man called Ian brought about their ends. Written by Sean Grey, it also features Rosie Cavaliero, Alex McQueen and me.

WHAT WENT WRONG WITH THE OLYMPICS

This new series by Ian Hislop & Nick Newman that tries to look back at went wrong with the 'disasterous 2013 Olympics' starts on Wednesday 27th October, Radio 4, 6.30pm.

It stars Kevin Eldon with Vicki Pepperdine and Adrian Scarborough among the supporting cast.

More here.

MONGRELS SCRIPT

You can download a pdf of a series 1 script of Mongrels from the BBC Writersroom website here.

WATCH LAB RATS ONLINE

The whole of Series Only of Lab Rats is up on SeeSaw to watch for free.

NEW AIOTM RECORDINGS

There are three As It Occurs To Me recordings coming up - get your tickets now if you want to experience this strange show live because there won't be any more before May 2011 at the earliest.

11th October- Bloomsbury Theatre

18th October - Leicester Square Theatre

1st November - Bloomsbury Theatre

 

 

A SERIES OF PSYCHOTIC EPISODES

A second series of this Miriam Elia-written show starts on Wednesday 29th September, 11.15pm Radio 4. It's also features the vocal talents of Rachel Atkins, Pippa Evans, Geoff McGivern, David Reed and a return of Edward the Hamster.

THE INCREASINGLY POOR DECISIONS OF TODD MARGARET

There's an article about the US launch of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret here. A US/UK co-production it airs in the States on IFC and will start on Channel 4 in October. I appear in episode 3 as a paramedic.

MONGRELS LOOSE IN YOUR OWN HOME

The first series of Mongrels is now available to buy on DVD and BluRay. Extra features include commentaries with cast and crew, deleted scenes and the original pilot episode.

MONGRELS NEWS

I heard today that a second series of Mongrels has been commissioned. This is good news. 

MONGRELS BLOG

At the behest of BBC Comedy website I've done a short blog on the rigours of acting in Mongrels.


MONGRELS

Mongrels, in which I play a cat, starts on BBC Three on 22nd June at 10pm.


There's a bit about it on the BBC Comedy blog here and even more on the programme's page here.

AIOTM - ON THE ROAD

As It Occurs To Me is currently half way through it's second series - if you haven't heard it, download it here.


There's going to be a one-off recording in Edinburgh on August 17th as part of the Fringe - tickets available here. This should sell out, so get 'em while you can.

Or, if you can't make Edinburgh why not come down to the live recordings at the Leicester Square Theatre every Monday until the 21st June or at the Bloomsbury Theatre on 28th June and 5th July.

And if you really love Tiny Andrew Collings (aside: or even if you don't) apparently there's a t-shirt just for you.

SHOWREEL

My new acting showreel is up on my agent's website. If you like short clips of the same man in different things then you can watch it here.


It was edited by the excellent Reece DeVille.

FIVE DAUGHTERS

I'm in the first two episodes of new BBC One drama, Five Daughters - the story of the five young women murdered in Ipswich in the winter of 2006, dramatised from the testimony of many of those closest to them. 


It starts Sunday 25th April at 9pm.

A SERIES OF PSYCHOTIC EPISODES

A repeat run of series 1 of A Series of Psychotic Episodes, written by Miriam Elia starts tonight on BBC 7 at 11pm.

 

AS IT REOCCURS TO HIM

Richard Herring's As it Occurs To Me is returning. Here's the information from Richard's newsletter:


A second season of AIOTM (AIOTM) will be starting up in May.

The first six will be at the Leicester Square Theatre from May 17th- June 24th
BOOK NOW 

These will be two half shows this year and whatever I do in the first half will not be available on line.

And then the final two will be at the Bloomsbury theatre on 28th June and 5th July. At these gigs as well as getting to see the podcast I will also be doing a preview of my 2010 Edinburgh show (which is likely to be a reworking of the 2001 show "Christ on a Bike") You can already
book tickets for those and bear in mind that the end of series show seems to be the most popular one to see.

As always the shows (though not Christ on a Bike obviously) will be available to download for free on iTunes or at the British Comedy Guide, but audience it's a whole lot more fun if you can make the live gigs and you'll also be helping to fund the show.

You can buy AIOTM T shirts
here

AIOTM AWARD NOMINATION

As It Occurs To Me, Richard Herring's podcast that I appear in, has been nominated for Best Internet Programme at the 2010 Sony Awards


Winners are announced on 10th May 2010.

NEWSJACK BLOGS

As part of my work as script editor on BBC7's Newsjack, I've written a couple of blog posts about the business of sketch writing.

You can read them here.

THE MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING ON CD

It's finally out. Are you excited? No, there's no reason you should be. I am though, let me have that, at least.

Buy it here.

THE NEWS AT BEDTIME ON BBC COMEDY BLOG

There's a bit about the show, and an animation of one of part of the first show, on the BBC blog at the moment.

Have a look here.

THE NEWS AT BEDTIME

This new series from Ian Hislop & Nick Newman and starring Jack Dee and Peter Capaldi starts on Christmas Eve at 6.15pm, Radio 4. Then at the same time on Christmas Day with the other 5 episodes running Monday 28th - Friday 1st Jan. What better way to take you into the new year?

More info here.

MIRANDA

I'll be popping up as a Naval Officer in Monday 23rd November's episode of Miranda (8.30pm on BBC2).

Not that you'll be able to tell what I am from my costume - I thought my blazer made me look like Alan Partridge. Still, it's a funny episode as long as you're not one of those people who get angry about naval officers not wearing the correct tie.

T-shirts with my catchphrase 'Are you sure you want to be in the Navy?' will be available from all branches of Our Price.

THE NEWS AT BEDTIME

This new series from the minds and pens of Ian Hislop & Nick Newman starts on Radio 4 on Christmas Eve (though I'm not in that episode). It stars Jack Dee and Peter Capaldi with Chris Addison, Lewis Macleod, Lucy Montgomery, Vicki Pepperdine, Alex Macqueen and myself doing the other bits.

There's something about on the BBC Comedy blog here.

AS IT OCCURS TO ME PRESS RELEASE

This is what Herring has to say for himself about the matter...

As It Occurs To Me is a revolutionary new ten-part weekly stand-up and sketch show written and performed by RICHARD HERRING which will only be available via internet download from iTunes and the British Comedy Guide (http://www.comedy.org.uk/) as an audio podcast. All the material for each show will be brand new and written on the week of broadcast, based on things that have occurred to him, either events from his life or things he's been thinking about.

It is Do-It-Yourself comedy without the support or interference of a broadcaster or sponsor. It's untested and uncensored and completely unedited. It’s warts and all. HERRING says, "I was frustrated by the time and effort it took to get a radio and TV bosses to commit to an idea and then the censorship, interference and restrictions that were imposed upon you once you’d jumped through all those hoops. I realised that it is now possible to make your own show and have complete autonomy over content and not have to edit it down to fit a time slot. If I have 55 minutes worth of good ideas one week then the audience can hear them all, in their entirety. Or bad ones, of course."

For the last eighteen months HERRING has been producing a weekly improvised podcast with his colleague ANDREW COLLINS (The Collings and Herrin Podcast) which had proven popular with listeners and critics searching out puerile comedy which treats them like grown-ups. "Post Sachsgate, I think most normal people have felt patronised by the dilution and weakening of comedy. They can find comedy with balls in live comedy clubs and on the internet. Downloaded shows give people the freedom to choose. If you don't like it you don't have to listen to it, but also the broadcaster is not employed by anyone and so can not be 'sacked'. It makes for a much more fertile ground for creating comedy without having to second guess possible 'moral outrage'."

HERRING is hopeful that the costs of the show will be funded by the live audience who will pay £10 each to watch the recording. "If I can sell 400 tickets a week I will actually make about the same amount of money as I would by doing a radio show for the BBC. If I can sell 100 tickets then I should at least break even. It’s really not about the money though, which is probably lucky, it’s about creating something funny that I can be proud of. And taking the risk. There's every chance with such a fast turnaround that it might be shit."

HERRING will be joined by comedy actors DAN TETSELL and EMMA KENNEDY for all ten shows which will be recorded at the Leicester Square Theatre. The success or failure of this audacious project depends entirely on the patronage of comedy fans.

"My ultimate goal is to create an internet empire putting out sketch shows, stand up, sitcoms and films which will destroy television and radio as broadcast media. But for the moment it would just be nice if a few people turned up to watch on a Monday night."

As It Occurs To Me is at the Leicester Square Theatre every Monday from 12th October to 14th December 2009 Box Office: 0844 847 2475 or www.leicestersquaretheatre.com

So, you heard it here first. "It might be shit", what better recommendation could there be? Do come along.

LAB RATS DVD COMMENTARIES

If you bought/were given/stole a DVD of Lab Rats, you may have noticed the lack of extras. Well, Chris Addison, Carl Cooper and Simon Nicholls (tall writer/actor, shorter writer and mid-size producer respectively) have teamed up to do commentaries on all the episodes.

They're available to download here or they should be up on iTunes soon.

AS IT OCCURS TO ME

More details about Richard Herring's new internet sketch and stand-up show (which I will be appearing in) here.

LAB RATS DVD

The DVD of Series One (oh, alright, Series Only) of BBC2's Lab Rats is now available. Buy it here.

RICHARD HERRING - AS IT OCCURS TO ME

I'll be appearing alongside Emma Kennedy as Richard's sketch monkey in his new podcast / live  show Richard Herring: As It Occurs To Me.

It starts October 12th and is on at the Leicester Square Theatre at  7.30pm every Monday until  December 12th.


Tickets are £10 and will be available closer to the time from  the Box Office on  0844  847  2475 or  online at  www.seetickets.com.

NEWSJACK

I'm script editing on Newsjack, Radio 7's new open door topical sketch show. It's records on Wednesday nights  and goes out on Thursdays at 11pm (with a repeat on Sunday night). It's also available as a podcast.


If you're interested in sending in material, here's the Writers Brief.


Tickets are available here.

PAPERBACK HELL SCRIPTS ONLINE

The BBC Writersroom now have two of my favourite Paperback Hells in their script archive.

Black Teeth Lane by Zandra Jones - the sprawling tale of London's sprawling immigrant Welsh community from series 2.

Forbidden Fire by Anonymous - a blisteringingly stupid erotic novel from series 3.

CHIRPY CHIRPY TWEET TWEET

There's now a widget linking this site to my Twitter account. It should be in the menu on the left.

www.twitter.com/tetsell

MASTERING THE UNIVERSE - SERIES 2

After three and a half years, Radio 4's expert on all things passive aggressive, Professor Joy Klamp (Dawn French) returns to the airwaves. Written by Christopher Douglas and Nick Newman, the show also features Sally Grace, Katy Brand and Chris Douglas.

It's on Radio 4 at 11pm from Tuesday 24th February.

NEW SERIES - WILL SMITH'S MIDLIFE CRISIS MANAGEMENT

This new show from Will starts tonight on Radio 4. I'm in episode 4 as a louche rock star.

Will's own website is here.

ANOTHER CASE OF MILTON JONES

I'm fulfilling the general vocal dogsbody role alongside Milton, Tom Goodman Hill and Ingrid Oliver in the first two episodes of the new series where, as usual, Milton bestrides the globe as an expert in his field, with no ability whatsoever. It starts on Monday 17th November at 6.30pm on Radio 4, with a repeat on Sundays at 12pm.

The BBC website says it's Ben Willbond. It isn't, it's me. Unless they re-recorded them behind my back. That would be humiliating.

WILL SMITH'S MIDLIFE CRISIS MANAGEMENT

I shall be appearing as a guest in one episode of Will's new show for Radio 4. We're recording on Wednesday 26th November at the BBC Radio Theatre. Tickets available here.

HAMSTERS: THE TRUTH BEHIND THE WHEEL

THE CHILDREN'S BAFTA OF THE NIGHT

Young Dracula has been nominated for Best Drama at the Children's Baftas. Well done them. The ceremony is on 30th November.

I'VE WON A PANDA

Not in a Chinese zoo raffle, unfortunately.

Smalltalk Diaries, the innovative insect-doc for CBBC that I wrote and performed on has won two Panda Awards (for Innovation and for Best Series) at the 2008 Wildscreen International Wildlife and Enviromental Film Festival.

Well done to everyone involved.

I would like a real panda though.

MUSEUM REPEATS

Series one of The Museum of Everything is currently having a repeat run on BBC7 on Monday nights at 11pm.

BLINK YOUR EARS AND YOU'LL MISS ME

I've got a few radio things coming up in the near future.

I appear in episode 6 of the current run of Ed Reardon's Week on Radio 4 (Monday 10th November, 11.30am) and in the first episode of Gus Murdoch's Sacred Cows by Steven Carlin on BBC7 (Sunday 2nd November, 11pm).

Another show for BBC7, Miriam Elia's A Series of Psychotic Episodes, starts in the next couple of months and will be accompanied by an online cartoon of me as a hamster. There's also a second series of Mastering The Universe with Dawn French recording in early December.

WEB RATS

The BBC website for Lab Rats has just gone online. Visit it for clips, interviews, photos and more than you could ever care to know about the show.

www.bbc.co.uk/labrats

 

'LAB RATS' DAILY TELEGRAPH ARTICLE

There's an interview with Chris and Carl about Lab Rats here . The series starts BBC 2 Thursday 10th July at 9.30pm.

COMING SOON - LAB RATS

Well, coming soonish.

We've just heard that Lab Rats - the sitcom written by Chris Addison and Carl Cooper in which I have a part - will be going out on BBC2 at 9.30pm from July 10th.

Thursdays, I hear, are funny.

ANOTHER CASE OF MILTON JONES

I shall be appearing in a couple of episodes of the new series of Another Case of Milton Jones, made for Radio 4 by those good people at Pozzitive and written by Milton and Think The Unthinkable's James Cary. 

It's recording at the Drill Hall on Sunday April 20th.

Tickets are available here.

THE MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING IN YOUR HOME

The award-nominated Museum of Everything is being released on CD in June.

Pre-order your copy here.

SPACE HACKS SERIES 2

Saturday sees (or hears) the return of the sitcom about hacks in space, Space Hacks. Written by Ian Simons and Stuart Sumner it stars Dan Mersh, Tim Key and Prunella Scales. I appear as Korg, their psychopathic alien editor and a variety of odd-sounding robots, aliens and loonies.

Tune in at 6.30pm on BBC7 on Saturday 1st March or Listen Again online.

"To Finity and no further!"

RUDY'S RARE RECORDS

This four part sitcom starring Lenny Henry starts this week on Radio 4. Episode One 'Take Me Home, Country Roads' goes out at 6.30pm on Tuesday 26th February.

You can listen again here.

THE FRIDAY PLAY: SINS OF THE GRANDFATHERS

In what I think may be a first (or at least a second) for Radio 4, the  adaptation of my Edinburgh show recorded in front of a live audience will be going out this Friday, 1st February at 9pm as The Friday Play.

It's a longer version of the stage show (with no pictures obviously) and with added acting in the shape of Rachel Atkins, Alex Lowe and Ben Graves.

It will be available to on Listen Again for a week afterwards.

HEY HEY WE'RE THE MONKS TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

You can now get tickets to the pilot recording of our new sitcom Hey Hey We're The Monks from the BBC Ticket Unit.

The recording is Wednesday 20th February at Television Centre, London.

EXTRA LENNY DATE

There is now an extra recording date for the Lenny Henry sitcom Rudy's Rare Records. Episode 4 will now be recorded on February 11th at 7.30pm at the BBC Radio Theatre.

Tickets available here.

PUBSTOCK - LIVE GIG

My good friend Danny Robins has organised a monthly comedy / music gig. I shall be doing a bit at the first one. Here's the blurb...

It's called Pubstock and the idea is it's a Glastonbury style festival in a pub, complete with main stage, dance stage, circus tent, healing field and even some mud.
 

We'll be featuring some of the best up and coming comedians, bands and singers, circus and cabaret performers. January’s line up includes rapper Doc Brown, comedian and accordionist Martin White, Dan Tetsell, and the band Argonaut. It’s undoubtedly the most fun you can have on a Tuesday night in January.

 

Really hope to see you down there. Come and relive the summer festival vibe on a cold winter's night in a nice warm pub.

 

Pubstock

Lowdown @ The Albany

Tuesday January 15th, 8pm

 

The Albany's Website is:

 

http://unrestrictedview.co.uk/page/venue.php?id=2

 

The address is:

 

240 Great Portland Street W1 5QU. It's just across the road from Great Portland St tube. The gig is downstairs.

NEW FOR 2008

Happy New Year and all that.

I've got a couple of things coming up in 2008.

February 1st - Sins of the Grandfathers goes out on Radio 4 as the Friday Play. Unless they move the date again.

February 20th - Studio recording of Hey Hey We're The Monks, a TV sitcom pilot written by Danny Robins and myself and starring Gavin & Stacey's James Corden. When tickets become available, I'll put the link up.

February 26th - Rudy's Rare Records, a sitcom starring Lenny Henry starts on Radio 4.

March 1st - The second series of Space Hacks starts on BBC7.

The new Chris Addison / Carl Cooper sitcom Lab Rats hopefully will air sometime around April. There'll also be another series of The Omid Djalili Show and series 3 of After You've Gone.

OMIDTUBE

Some of the sketches I wrote for Omid Djalili are up on YouTube.

Meet The Parents -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVAP9soE5P8

Huggy -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVAP9soE5P8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fY5fMqOANBw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lksDZhnQAE

Ethnic Bit Part Actor's Workshop -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBpnSoRyWCg

And the really too long but the money's on screen epic that is Pride & Racial Prejudice -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpPLG51uYek

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzj40KINMsQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lqwmih7EgxY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TCX_RerWDM

 

EXTRAS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

The 'feature-length' Extras Christmas Special - in which I have a tiny, tiny part - goes out on Thursday 27th December  at 9pm, BBC One.

I'm playing a man that the casting notes says 'looks like Andy Milman'. My New Year resolutions are to shave and lose weight.

Trailer here.

LENNY HENRY SITCOM - TICKETS AVAILABLE

Tickets for the live audience recording of Rudy's Rare Records that Danny Robins and I are writing for Lenny Henry are now available from the BBC Ticket Unit. All tickets are free.

The recordings are on the 7th and 14th January 2008 at the Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House, London.

WE ARE HISTORY ON YOUTUBE

Some technically-minded person has put up another episode of We Are History on YouTube. It's the workhouse-tastic "Industrial Revolution: Factory or Friction".

See it here.

BLAGGER

I've just done a bit of filming with Lewis Georgeson and Will Kenning (of sketch act Big Day Out) on an episode of their Youtube comedy serial Blagger.

Check out episodes one and two and I'll be appaearing in episode three sometime soon. I'll be wearing a hat.

THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW - SERIES 3

The third series of TWTTIN with Richard Herring, Emma Kennedy, Danny Robins and myself starts on Thursday 29th November at 11.30pm on Radio 2.

It's the usual mix of tenuously-linked historical stand-up and sketches with music from Christian Reilly and Novalounge.

MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING REPEATS

From Wednesday November 21st, BBC7 are repeating the first series of The Museum of Everything at 10.30pm (and then again at 3.30am).

THE FRIDAY PLAY: SINS OF THE GRANDFATHERS TRANSMISSION DATE

We now have a transmission date for the Radio 4 Friday Play adaptation of Sins of the Grandfathers, my 2005 Edinburgh show about my family's Nazi past.

It's going out at 9pm Friday 18th January 2008. It also features Alex Lowe, Rachel Atkins and Ben Graves and was produced by Sam Hoyle.

 

AFTER YOU'VE GONE - IN FRONT OF THE CAMERAS

If you watch the episode of After You've Gone broadcast at 8.30pm BBC One, Friday 12th October you may see me briefly appearing as Angry Fairground Barker. It's rather like Colonel Kurtz at the end of Apocalypse Now or Norman's mother in Psycho.

"I've told you before - that ride is for the under tens", that's my catchphrase.

THE OMID DJALILI SHOW - COMING SOON

A new sketch show which I've written a bit of, starring that one who was that comedy Middle Easterner in them films, The Omid Djalili Show starts on BBC One on November 17th 2007.

THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW - SERIES 3

History is, once again, repeating itself. We are recording a third series of TWTTIN, the Radio 2 history-based sketch show starring Richard Herring at the Bush Hall in Shepherd's Bush on October 22, November 12 and December 3 - two shows per night.
Free tickets will be available from Lost In TV. Although it's a radio show.

 

LAB RATS STUDIO RECORDINGS

The new sitcom from Chris Addison and Carl Cooper (writers of The Ape That Got Lucky and Civilization) starts recording on Friday September 7th and then every Friday until October 12th.


Set in the research laboratory of a fictional university, Lab Rats is a big, daft audience sitcom. With a giant snail and maybe some robots and a slutty pigeon. It stars Chris Addison, Jo Enright, Geoff McGivern, Sedlina Cadell and myself. 

Recordings are at BBC Television Centre and tickets can be ordered through the BBC website. For some reason I'm credited as Dan Tetsell (Extras) which is pushing it a bit.

HYPERDRIVE DVD

For anyone who can't live without a permanent record of me with a latex balloon on my head, both series of Hyperdrive are now available to buy on DVD.

Turn the box over, on the back, see that robot on the right? With a latex balloon on his head? That's me. Now THAT is a claim to fame.

AFTER YOU'VE GONE DVD

The DVD of Series 1 of After You've Gone comes out on September 24th 2007 - just in time for Christmas. And the months leading up to Christmas.

Buy it here if you've a mind to. Come on, I've just had my bathroom done.

YOUNG DRACULA - BEHIND THE MAGIC

If anyone's interested, the BBC have added the script for the pilot episode of award-winning kids show Young Dracula to their Writers Room script archive.


To download the pdf file go here and scroll towards the bottom.

WILL SMITH PRESENTS THE TAO OF BERGERAC

The new series from tall comedian Will Smith and featuring me as his difficult flatmate starts on Wednesday 1st August at 6.30pm on Radio 4.

Listen again here.

VW CINEMA ADS

These things have turned up on Youtube and will probably be in cinemas soon, annoying you before the film.

Volkswagen Die Hard

Volkswagen Star Wars

Volkswagen Ghostbusters

If anyone asks, that stomach is a prosthetic, right.

 

PAPERBACK HELL REPEATS

News just in - the third series of Paperback Hell will be repeated on Radio 4, starting Wednesday 8th August at 11.15pm.

Joys in this series include The De Niro Code and Forbidden Fire, our only ever excursion into... erotica. Quite silly, unerotic erotica admittedly.

HYPERDRIVE HYPE DRIVE

The second series of Hyperdrive by Kevin Cecil and Andy Reily and produced by WAH/MOE powerhouse Alex Walsh-Taylor starts on Thursday 12th July on BBC2. The episode where I appear as the leader of the Red Shiny Robots of Vortex with a big latex balloon for a head is on Thursday 2nd August.

SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER

The second series of school-based quiz School's Out with Danny Wallace that I wrote for starts on Saturday 30th June on BBC One at 5.40pm. This week's pupils are Rory Bremner, Shaun Williamson and Patrick Kielty. The show runs for eight weeks.

THE TAO OF BERGERAC

Continuing my career path of appearing in radio shows with very tall comedians*, I will be popping up in Will Smith's new Radio 4 show The Tao of Bergerac as Will's Flatmate. My parts have been pre-recorded, but you can see the rest of the show being recorded on June 12th and 26th at the newly-refurbished Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House. Tickets are here.

*I'd say Will's the tallest, then Chris Addison, then Marcus Brigstocke. Even Danny Robins is taller than me. Richard Herring, however, is a good couple of inches shorter. See, this is the stuff you never see on Wikipedia.

ACCORDING TO BEX - THE FRONTLASH BEGINS

An interview with Jessica Stevenson (now Hynes) in The Guardian calls the badly-received According To Bex 'pretty awful'. This is surely an improvement on describing it as one of the 'TV Turkeys of 2005' or when they reported it had been scientifically proven to be one of the worst sitcoms of all time.

History is being rewritten before our eyes, my friends. Soon ATB will be remembered as fondly as those other family-favourites Ed Stone Is Dead, Mr Charity and Roman's Empire.

AFTER YOU'VE GONE SERIES 2

The second series of After You've Gone starts recording in early June - tickets are available here.

CGI: UK SERIES COMMISSIONED

After doing a small pilot earlier this year CGI:UK has been picked up for a full run. Here's what Chortle has to say on the matter... 

A Spitting Image for the digital age

ITV1's new animated satire

 
ITV is planning a modern version of Spitting Image - but using computer animation rather than puppets.

The broadcaster will use modern 3D imaging software to caricature politicians and celebrities in the show, provisionally titled CGI UK.

Comedian Henry Naylor – who was head writer on Spitting Image - has been signed up to work on scripts.

Eight half-hour episodes are in the works, and are expected to air in January, trade magazine Broadcast reports.

Executive producer Saurabh Kakkar told the paper: ‘The technology now is of such quality that we aren't restricted - we can go anywhere and tackle most people and subjects.’

The programme promises running sketches as well as a fast turnaround time to allow gags to be written close to transmission.

ITV aired another animated satire, 2D-TV, from 2001 and 2004, and had been keen to bring Spitting Image back.

However, the network angered Roger Law, who owns the rights to Spitting Image, when it created new puppets of Ant and Dec for a nostalgic special last year against his wishes – and the plan was scuppered.

NEW RADIO SITCOM WITH LENNY HENRY

Radio 4 have commissioned a series of Rudy's Rare Records, a sitcom created by and starring Lenny Henry and written by Danny Robins and myself. More details about recording dates, cast and so forth, as I get them.

MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING REPEATS

The second series of Museum of Everything starts a repeat run on BBC7 from Friday April 20th at 11pm. 

ED REARDON SERIES 2 REPEATS

The second series of Ed Reardon's Week by Chris Douglas and Andrew Nickolds starts a repeat on BBC7 on Monday 9th April at 10.30pm.

SONY NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

Armando Iannucci's Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive has been nominated for a Sony - radio's most prestigious and only award.

Full list of nominations here.

YOUNG DRACULA WINS AWARD

The CBBC show that Danny Robins and I created - Young Dracula   -   has won the Royal Television Society   award for Best Children's Drama.

The awards were presented at a glittering ceremony at London's glitzy Grosvenor House Hotel on London's Park Lane. It's a shame we weren't invited.

Congratulations to everyone involved with the writing, acting and production of Young Dracula. Except the person who didn't even bother telling us we were up for the bloody award.

A second series of Young Dracula is in pre-production. Apparently.

AFTER YOU'VE GONE - THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN

After a quiet start, After You've Gone ended its run with very healthy ratings*. My episode was watched by 5.5 million people on the Friday** with 2 million tuning in for the Sunday repeat.

Apparently there might be a second series.

*Not that it's important, in it for the art etc etc...

**Take that Inspector Jack Frost.

 

ANOTHER CHANCE TO MISS 'THE APE THAT GOT LUCKY'

The Sony award-winning The Ape That Got Lucky starring Chris Addison, Geoffrey McGivern, Jo Enright and myself is back on Radio 4 (6pm Thursdays until March 22nd).

It's a repeat, obviously. Listen Again here.

Or CDs are still on sale...

AFTER YOU'VE GONE - OUT OF AFRICA

My episode of After You've Gone airs on BBC1 this Friday 23rd at 8.30pm (with a repeat at 5.10pm on Sunday 25th). As well as the usual cast, it also stars Alexander Armstrong as the suave Dr Howard Banks - loveable Jimmy's nemesis.

If you're waiting for Lillies to start, why not tune in?

SPACE HACKS - RADIO TIMES REVIEW

The Radio Times has said nice things about Space Hacks.

"At last, a sci-fi comedy that will fill the void left by Red Dwarf and Hitchhiker's. If that sounds a bit much, then at least it has grabbed your attention, because you should not miss this opening episode. Stuart Sumner and Ian Simons have made something that is smart, clever and yet not too big for its own space boots. Charlie (Dan Mersh) and Moog (Tim Key) are two humans who live in a spaceship disguised as a hedge on Clapham Common, with Prunella Scales as a baking-preoccupied computer they call Mother - how Freudian is that? They are in hiding because they are supposed to be reporters scouring the universe for news stories to send back to the Intergalactic News Federation - except that Charlie is lazy and just makes stuff up. Moog on the other hand wants to get out there and find the news. Invariably, though, the news seems to come to them. I predict great things"

There's also an article from the Bucks Free Press here, if you wanted to see a strange photo of Space Hacks hacks Stuart and Ian.

SPACE HACKS - SATURDAY 10TH FEB

Space Hacks, a new sci-fi comedy series by Ian Sumner and Stuart Simons starts on BBC7 this Saturday at 6.30pm (with a repeat at half midnight).

The show's about two reluctant intergalactic reporters, played by Tim Key and Dan Mersh, and their onboard computer, played by Prunella Scales. I'm their evil alien editor, as well as a variety of pirates, robots and other space trash.

As always, if you miss it, you can Listen Again here.

ONLY ACORN ANTIQUES AND HORSES

After You've Gone - the new sitcom starring Nicholas Lyndhurst and Celia Imrie - starts tonight on BBC One at 8.30pm. If you're not watching someone get killed on Coronation Street, why not tune in? Alternatively, there is a Sunday teatime repeat.

My episode will be on Friday 23rd February.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The BBC Online page for After You've Gone is here. Brilliantly, there's a link to Relate if you've experienced some of the issues raised by this family sitcom.

MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING REPEATS

You can catch a repeat of the award-nominated series one of The Museum of Everything on BBC7  from Wednesday 3rd January at 11.30pm - or via Listen Again.

NEW FOR 2007

Well, there's this website. Do you like it?

AFTER YOU'VE GONE, the new sitcom starring Nicholas Lyndhurst and Celia Imrie starts on BBC One on Friday 12th January 2007 at 8.30pm. The episode with my name on it 'Out Of Africa' will go out on 23rd February (with a guest star appearance from Alexander Armstong).

A new series of SCHOOL'S OUT with Danny Wallace - and for which I will be scribbling down sarcastic jokes about minor soap stars and sportsmen - starts filming in February. Transmission dates as I get them, but it'll be Saturday nights on BBC One.

Not one, not three, but two chances to catch me in something science-fictiony over the next couple of months. I'm the sweaty body and muffled voice inside the Leader of the Shiny Red Robots of Vortis in the second series of HYPERDRIVE by Kevin Cecil and Andy Reily. That's on BBC2 quite soon. Also quite soon, but on digital radio station BBC7, is a series of SPACE HACKS by Ian Simons and Stuart Sumner. I'm the digitally-altered voice of Korg, editor of Intergalactic News, as well as a variety of space pirates, space postmen and space robots. More transmission details etc etc

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