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Comedy writers, freelance Lloyd and Joe are currently developing a parenting sitcom for Sky 1 HD, a commission won purely on the quality of their pilot script in a notoriously hard market to crack. Ben Farrell, head of comedy at Objective Produc- tions, says: “They are a leading part of the new wave of writers needed to reinvigorate British comedy.” As a writer/performer, Lloyd is a stand-up

comic and part of the Cowards sketch group, which has notched up a Radio 4 series, a BBC web series and BBC4 TV series. As a writer/director, Joe has written

sketches for Horrible Histories and BBC Online, as well as writing and directing short films. Scouting For Rudeboys and How Much For My Brother have won numerous awards, including the RTS Best Student Animation and the Sundance Short Filmmaking Award, both in 2008.


Writer, freelance When Georgia started on Skins series two as a teenage contributor, she had no intention of being a writer. Yet her progress over the past few years is “what the show is all about”, claims the E4 drama’s producer, Neil Duncan. “If you empower and support crea- tive young people, they will surprise you with their capabilities,” he says. As well as being the only female writer on

Skins’ recent fifth series, Georgia has become the youngest writer on Hollyoaks. Her natural creative talent was recognised

while she was writing online content for series two, and she won her first full script commission in series three. In four years, she has already written three of the most popular Skins episodes, the first of which introduced the character Pandora. “No one writes female characters like Georgia,” says Duncan.


Development producer and scriptwriter, Sixteen South Television Chris started out writing and directing short films but after joining one of Northern Ireland’s largest production companies, he quickly became an established producer/director. Since joining Sixteen South, Chris has

written award-winning episodes for CBeebies puppet shows Sesame Tree and Big City Park, the latter collecting the IFTA for Best Chil- dren’s/Youth Show earlier this year. He has been rewarded with an even

Front row (left to right): Lloyd Wolf, Joe Tucker, Georgia Lester; back row: Matthew Barry, Chris Baugh, Jon Purkis

bigger gig: script supervising and writing for 52-part series Panjanimals for US cable giant Sprout, a co-production with The Jim Henson Company, working with a team of writers in LA and Belfast. He also continues to head up the development team at Sixteen South and, in his spare time, writes and pro- duces short films. “Chris is one of the cornerstones of our

business’ development,” says Colin Williams, creative director of Sixteen South. “Children are lucky to have him writing for them. And he’s just getting started.” MATTHEW BARRY, 25

Writer, BBC Former teen actor Matthew, whose credits include High Hopes and Russell T Davies’ Mine All Mine, switched to writing after grad- uating from Warwick University. He created and co-developed scripted reality show Bright Young Things with Boomerang and original children’s drama series Charlie Blast, optioned by the Fiction Factory. Last year, his mini-series Perfect Summer for the same initi- ative was nominated for a Welsh Bafta for Best Youth Programme. His original series Friends Of Dorothy has

been picked up for development by Red Pro- duction Company and as a member of the 2011 BBC Writer’s Academy, he has been commissioned to write scripts for Doctors, EastEnders, Casualty and Holby City. “He is a fresh, energetic and original voice,”

says John Yorke, controller of drama and new talent at BBC Drama Production. “For such a young writer, he has a huge amount to say about the world, and an impressive capacity to turn out quality work.” Matt is currently writing Sometimes A Ten, a 60-minute comedy pilot about a group of student counsellors.


Comedy Writer, Zeppotron After speculatively sending a sitcom script to Zeppotron creative director Ben Caudell, Jon was asked to write sitcom Popatron for BBC2’s teenage strand BBC Switch in 2009. Although he was initially hired to write detailed plot outlines for actors to improvise around, his first script impressed Caudell so much that he ended up writing for every episode. “Since we started working with Jon, he

has shown himself to be a hugely talented comedy writer, with a natural ability for writing unique, likeable comic characters and well-drawn plots,” says Caudell. Jon has also written comedy scripts for

BBC Bitesize videos and is currently writing for BBC1’s Lee Mack’s All Star Cast. “He has proven the diversity of his comedy writing skills, seamlessly moving from sitcom scripts to jokes for a Saturday night entertainment series,” says Caudell. “He has been under immense pressure but has always delivered funny and accomplished work.”


Writer, Objective Productions Keith was plucked straight from university to join the writing team for Channel 4’s upcoming comedy drama Fresh Meat, where his scripts will have to stand alongside those of Tony Roche (The Thick Of It) and executive produc- ers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show). Sam and Jesse praise his ability to combine

funny comedy, nuanced drama and emotional depth: “From his first draft, it was clear that Keith has an extraordinary gift for someone so young, and we very much fear that he may go from strength to strength to become a major force in comedy in years to come.” A former member of Cambridge Footlights,

Keith’s first play, Hostage, won the 2010 Harry Porter prize for best new comedic play.

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