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Paul Bassett Davies: He’s Not A Lumberjack, But He *Is* OK

Posted on: March 3rd, 2011 by Lucy V Hay No Comments

So we thought we’d let you know all about Paul – no, not the alien in the camper van on the road with Simon Pegg, but  The London Comedy Writers’ Festival’s new creative director, Paul Bassett Davies.  Lucy V caught up with him to discuss radio, The Magic Roundabout, naked boy scouts and women’s shoes… Enjoy!


You’ve worked for radio a lot. Does this mean you don’t have “a face for TV” – and which radio play or commercial was your fave and why?

There’s a lot that works better on radio than on TV. Like nudity, for example. But I love radio because it’s such a creative medium and it’s more fun than TV. People in TV, especially TV comedy, tend to take themselves very seriously. When you do radio you suspect that probably no one is listening, or they’re doing the ironing or something, so you’re a bit more relaxed. I try to take my work very seriously but not necessarily myself. If you’re asking which of my own radio plays is my favourite it’s one called The Ancient Mariner’s Wife or possibly one about Coleridge and Wordsworth called Spy Nozy and the Poets which was based on strange but true events. (more…)

London Screenwriters’ Festival ‘Beyond the Bio’: Gub Neal

Posted on: August 16th, 2010 by Lucy V Hay No Comments

Gub NealGub Neal has just about done it all – he’s produced Emmy-winning drama (‘Prime Suspect’), co-created much-adored series (‘Cracker‘), been Head of Drama at a prestigious UK TV channel (Channel 4) and is now the Creative Director of Artists Studio.

Read more about Gub and his credits on his bio page, but first find out how he dealt with our testing Q&A after the jump:


London Screenwriters’ Festival ‘Beyond the Bio’: Deborah Haywood

Posted on: August 13th, 2010 by Lucy V Hay 1 Comment

Deborah HaywoodDeborah Haywood is a rapidly up-and-coming writer-director and 2007 Screen International ‘Star of Tomorrow’. She has directed three shorts and is currently developing a pair of features while enjoying the success of her short film ‘Sis‘ at the Rushes Soho Shorts film festival last month.

To read more about Deborah, visit her London Screenwriters’ Festival bio page and check out the website for ‘Sis‘ after you’ve checked out her thoughts from our grilling.


London Screenwriters’ Festival ‘Beyond the Bio’: Stuart Hazeldine

Posted on: August 9th, 2010 by Lucy V Hay 1 Comment

Stuart HazeldineStuart Hazeldine is one of a select few British screenwriters who make a living writing for Hollywood blockbusters while residing in the UK.  With huge movies like ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ and ‘Knowing’ on his CV, Stuart is clearly a great advert for what we can all achieve from these shores if we want it enough.

This year Stuart released his directorial debut, the mesmerising ‘Exam‘.  He is currently working on an adaptation of ‘The Tripods’ for director Alex Proyas.

Read more about Stuart here, right after you check out his answers to our Q&A: (more…)

London Screenwriters’ Festival ‘Beyond the Bio’: Jurgen Wolff

Posted on: August 6th, 2010 by Lucy V Hay No Comments

Jurgen Wolff is a successful screenwriter, author and script doctor with credits including ‘Relic Hunter’ and ‘Family Ties’.  He has written or co-written four books on various aspects of screenwriting and is the founder and webmaster of

You can find out more about Jurgen on his bio page.  Here’s what he had to say when we threw our Q&A at him: (more…)

London Screenwriters’ Festival ‘Beyond the Bio’: Tim Clague

Posted on: August 4th, 2010 by Lucy V Hay No Comments

Tim ClagueTim Clague is a BAFTA-nominated scriptwriter and has written and directed films for the UK Film Council, the BBC and ITV. Tim also writes for video games, most notably the best-selling APB.

He is the creator of the hugely popular Mr Vista, a web series with over 1 million hits on YouTube alone, and recently launched a screenwriting podcast with Danny Stack.

Check out Tim’s bio page and his insightful ideas on his website, like his animated resumé. You can also zoom over to his blog for more.  Here’s his Q&A: (more…)

London Screenwriters’ Festival ‘Beyond the Bio’: Deva Palmier

Posted on: August 2nd, 2010 by Lucy V Hay 2 Comments

DevaOriginally trained as an actress, Deva Palmier is a multi-award-winning writer/director and founder of the ICA Lab, which grew from the development assistance she received from her mentor Gurinda Chada under the Guiding Lights scheme in 2006/7.

She is currently developing three feature films and is midway through a five year documentary project.

To learn more about Deva you can click through to her bio page.  Here’s her Q&A: (more…)

London Screenwriters’ Festival Beyond the Bio: Charles Harris

Posted on: July 30th, 2010 by Lucy V Hay No Comments

Charles HarrisCharles Harris first worked in film as a projectionist and has worked his way to the top as a writer/director through a circuitous route taking in everything from editing to photography to writing short stories.

You can read more about Charles on his London Screenwriters’ Festival bio page.  Here’s what he told us when he sat down for his Q&A: (more…)

London Screenwriters’ Festival ‘Beyond the Bio’: Danny Stack

Posted on: July 26th, 2010 by Lucy V Hay No Comments

Danny StackDanny Stack is a writer and script consultant with credits including Doctors and Eastenders among others.  He recently wrote and directed ‘Origin‘, a short film that promises to knock socks off everywhere it plays.

You can read Danny’s bio page for more about him or visit his blog. You can also follow Danny on Twitter, but for now here’s his LSWF Q&A: (more…)

London Screenwriters’ Festival ‘Beyond the Bio’: Julian Friedmann

Posted on: July 23rd, 2010 by Lucy V Hay No Comments

Julian FriedmannAs an agent to writers of all ilks and co-Founder of one of Britain’s biggest literary agencies for writers both print and screen, Julian Friedmann is one of the best-placed people in the industry to serve as our Senior Festival Advisor here at the London Screenwriters’ Festival.

On top of his work representing the cream of British writing talent at Blake Friedmann, Julian is also an author and noted speaker on screenwriting.  Linda Seger, renowned author and screenwriting guru, said of Julian’s ‘How To Make Money Scriptwriting‘, “It’s full of insights that help writers in the business of screenwriting – a great help to actually get a script sold.”

You can read more about Julian on his profile page, but first see what he had to say in his Q&A: