Simon Passmore - Writer / Producer

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WHY SHOULD YOU LISTEN TO HIM…?  Because he had a successful career producing for the BBC on projects by the likes of Jimmy McGovern and Lynda La Plante before forming his own successful production company.

  BBC, British Screen, Channel 4 and ITV.

After reading English at Cambridge University, Simon Passmore studied in the US on a graduate fellowship and worked part-time as a copy-editor at Little, Brown. He returned to England with an MA and freelanced as a journalist, copywriter and researcher before joining the BBC as a script editor.

Promoted to producer in the BBC’s drama department Simon developed, script edited and produced A SENSE OF GUILT, written by Andrea Newman; Jimmy McGovern’s first authored piece, TRAITORS; DO NOT DISTURB, THE LAW LORD, and Lynda La Plante’s SECONDS OUT, shown at the Rotterdam Film Festival.

Leaving the BBC to set up his own production company, Tyro Films, Simon produced short feature SEVENTEEN, starring Rachel Weisz, for British Screen and C4; medical series OUT OF HOURS for the BBC; IMOGEN’S FACE, another Andrea Newman serial which again topped the drama charts; AN EVIL STREAK (ITV); FORGIVE AND FORGET (ITV), which starred John Simm and was also screened at the London and San Francisco film festivals; and PRETENDING TO BE JUDITH (ITV). He went on to produce the first two series of commercial and critical hit FOYLE’S WAR (ITV), and WHOSE BABY? (ITV) with Sophie Okonedo and Andrew Lincoln. Most recently Simon has written four plays for BBC Radio: OFFSHORE (2008), ACCOMPLICES (2009), GOING TO GROUND (2010) and THE PATIENT (2010).

Currently he is working on a fifth radio commission, LEVERAGE. Projects in development include feature screenplay CRUMPLE ZONE, theatre play WALK AWAY and a new TV series.

He is a senior lecturer at the University of Westminster, where he teaches production and screenwriting.