17 November 10
BAFTA brought even more fun to the EA British Academy Children's Awards in 2010 by introducing a brand new Comedy category. Follow BAFTA's Children's Awards comedy bloggers to hear all their humorous musings during the days leading up to the ceremony and beyond.
Laurence Rickard - Horrible Histories:
Whilst it might not be immediately evident from this profile, I am a comedy writer-performer. Honest. I cut my teeth on entertainment and comedy shows, and have written for the likes of Armstrong & Miller, Reginald D Hunter, Jon Culshaw and Stephen Fry. My first foray into children's programming was in 2008 when I met some mad fools who were attempting the impossible - trying to create a historically accurate comedy sketch show. Thankfully, they were very clever fools and the result was Horrible Histories, which I utterly adore. I now write much of the series and am a member of the cast ...At least I hope I am, otherwise I would really like to know why, as I write this, I am dressed as an Aztec Priest.
Spencer Jones & Jon Riche - Big Babies
Spencer Jones is a writer and actor and Jon Riche is a writer and director. We’ve been working together on various projects under the guise of ‘Broken Biscuits’ for around five years now. Our first effort together was a comedy short about a man who cried a lot. It was great fun to make and it was pretty funny so we thought we should make another! We have made a number of music videos, commercials, short films and comedy skits over the years but this year finished our first TV series ‘Big Babies’ with the BBC. We are now in talks about a second series, so it's all very exciting.
Carl Carter & Tony Cooke - The Legend of Dick and Dom
We are a fairly new partnership, having written comedy together for just four years. Our first break was writing topical sketches for Dead Ringers on BBC2, ranging from Harry Potter to Jeremy Kyle! More recently, we’ve worked on two series of The Armstrong and Miller Show, Mumbai Calling and commissioned to write a script for a BBC1 family sitcom. Within children's TV, we're lead writers of The Legend of Dick and Dom and have been involved in developing and writing for shows such as The Slammer, Hounded, Trapped, Hotel Trubble, and Planet Ajay. We’re currently excited to be working on more upcoming children’s projects, as well as with CBBC development on an original sitcom idea of our own.
Ian Curtis - Sorry I've Got No Head
I began my career as a TV and theatre actor and through this found that my interests lay in what was happening behind the camera. I spent five years making independent short films, and have now been a writer and director for seven years. I made my broadcast debut with FM, a Channel 4 Comedy Lab I co-wrote about an Indie radio station. I then directed Blowout, another Comedy Lab and Scottish BAFTA Best Comedy Award winner. Next I co-wrote FM as a series for ITV2 and directed the first two series of Sorry I’ve Got No Head, a CBBC comedy sketch show. I’m currently filming the third series of SIGNH and am co-writing two feature films, one of which is going into production next year.