Simon Nye is currently working on a comedy series for Hat Trick, an adaptation of Cecilia Ahern’s Thanks for the Memories for Gate Film. His most recent adaptation of the writings of Gerald Durrell, THE DURRELLS, was for Sid Gentle Ltd and is being broadcast on ITV in 2016. HOUSE OF CHOCOLATE marks his return to stage alongside his adaptation of THE GOOD LIFE for the West End.
He translated books on Wagner, Matisse and Braque before turning in his late 20s to fiction, publishing two novels. He started writing for TV in 1990, adapting his first novel MEN BEHAVING BADLY into a situation comedy. MEN BEHAVING BADLY has won numerous awards and was the most-repeated comedy show in the 1990s. Simon Nye also won the 1995 Writers’ Guild of Great Britain’s award for Best Situation Comedy.
His comedy drama series, FRANK STUBBS PROMOTES, starring Timothy Spall as a low-life wheeler-dealer cum-ticket tout, was based on his second novel WIDEBOY.
Three series of Simon’s situation comedy IS IT LEGAL? were broadcast between autumn 1995 and 1998. It won the Best ITV Sitcom award at the British Comedy Awards. TRUE LOVE, a one-hour romantic comedy film produced by Granada TV and starring Emma Wray was aired in 1996. Simon adapted it into the comedy-drama MY WONDERFUL LIFE, which ran for three series to 1999.
Simon’s critically acclaimed BBC2 series HOW DO YOU WANT ME? starring Dylan Moran debuted in 1998 and ran for twelve episodes. He wrote four pantomimes for ITV between 1998 and 2001. Two series of BEAST, a sitcom set in a veterinary practice, were broadcast on BBC1 in 1999-2000, and Simon’s family comedy THE SAVAGES was shown also on BBC1 the following year.
Simon adapted THE RAILWAY CHILDREN for ITV. The 2-hour film was broadcast in 2001. His adaptation of POLLYANNA was shown on New Year’s Day 2003.
Simon translated DON JUAN for a production at the Sheffield Crucible in 2001, later revived at the Theatre Royal Bath. His translation of ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST took London’s Donmar Warehouse by storm in 2003.
Simon’s half-hour comedy WILD WEST starring Dawn French, filmed in Cornwall, ran for two series on BBC1 in 2002/03. His Bafta-nominated HARDWARE did the same on ITV, appearing in 2003/04. And two series of CARRIE & BARRY, a sitcom produced by Hartswood Films, were broadcast on BBC1 in 2004/05.
He has written several one-off dramas. BEAUTY, based on Beauty & The Beast starring Martin Clunes, was broadcast on ITV in 2003. The following year saw TUNNEL OF LOVE, a 90-minute film featuring Jack Dee. PRIDE, a film featuring real lions and computer animation, was one of the BBC’s major productions in Christmas 2004. It was nominated for an Emmy. OPEN WIDE, an ITV film starring Alexander Armstrong, was broadcast over Christmas 2005. As was Simon’s adaptation of Gerald Durrell’s MY FAMILY & OTHER ANIMALS. His most recent TV film was CATWALK DOGS, broadcast in October 2007.
With David Nobbs, he has written a new version of REGGIE PERRIN. The second series was filmed in Spring 2010.
Simon’s episode of DOCTOR WHO, AMY’S CHOICE was broadcast in May 2010.
His four part adaptation of JUST WILLIAM for the BBC aired in 2011, and won him a Bafta.
Channel 4 broadcast Simon’s Comedy Showcase FELIX & MURDO, an Edwardian sitcom, starring Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller in December 2011.
Simon’s TV biopic TOMMY COOPER: NOT LIKE THAT, LIKE THIS (produced by Left Bank Pictures and starring David Threlfall) was broadcast on ITV1 in 2014.
Simon’s most recent project, THE DURRELLS, a six part adaptation of the writings of Gerald Durrell, will be shown on ITV1 in spring 2016.