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date: 23 February 2024

Blackwell, Simon John free

Blackwell, Simon John free

Born Battersea, London 27 May 1966; s of Terry Blackwell and Mary Blackwell; m 1994, Jenny Ann Dee; two s

screenwriter, executive producer and showrunner, since 1999


Shaftesbury Park Primary Sch.; Spencer Park Comp. Sch.; Churchill Coll., Cambridge (BA Eng. Lit. 1991; MA)


Drummer; librarian, St John’s Coll. Library, Cambridge; tech. writer, Donovan Data Systems; Sub-editor, PC Mag., PC Pro, The Independent, Daily Mail; comedy writer, BBC Radio Light Entertainment (Peter Titheradge Writer’s Bursary, 1998). Productions as screenwriter/executive producer include: television: Bremner, Bird and Fortune, 1999–2003; MTV Europe Music Awards, 1999–2000; TV To Go, 2000; The Big Impression, 2000–03; V Graham Norton, 2002; Have I Got News for You, 2003–07; Gash, 2003; The Kumars at No 42, 2003–06; The Sketch Show, 2003–04; Dead Ringers, 2004–06; 2004: The Stupid Version, 2004; Monkey Trousers, 2005; Graham Norton’s Bigger Picture, 2005; The Thick of It, 2005–12 ((jtly) Writer’s Award, BPG Awards, 2006, 2010, Best TV Comedy, Writers’ Guild of GB, 2007, Best Writer-Comedy, RTS TV Awards, 2013); Time Trumpet, 2006; The Armstrong and Miller Show, 2007–10; Moving Wallpaper, 2008; Peep Show, 2008–12; The Old Guys, 2010; Veep (also exec. prod.), 2011–15 ((jtly) Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series and for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, 2015); Trying Again (also creator and exec. prod.), 2014; Back (also creator and exec. prod.), 2017–21; Succession, 2018; Avenue 5 (also exec. prod.), 2020; Breeders (also creator and exec. prod.), 2020–21; films: In The Loop, 2009 ((jtly) Best Screenplay, BIFA, Evening Standard British Film Award, Screenwriter of the Yr, London Critics Circle Film Awards, BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Writing in Film or TV); Four Lions, 2010; The Personal History of David Copperfield (also exec. prod.), 2020 ((jtly) Best Screenplay, BIFA)


(jtly) The Thick of It: the scripts, 2007; (jtly) Peep Show: the scripts and more, 2008; (jtly) The Thick of It: the missing DoSAC files, 2010


playing music, walking, worrying


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