After being unceremoniously ejected from Liverpool University, Rob Grant started writing for BBC radio. Together with Doug Naylor, he created several radio series; including the multi-award-winning Son Of Cliché, and the surreal sitcom Wrinkles. Which earned the distinction of achieving the second worst audience evaluation rating ever; just being edged out of the top spot by a Radio One quiz show that provided the wrong answers to the questions. They also contributed material to just about every living comedian in the eighties; including Bob Monkhouse, Ken Dodd, Roy Hudd, and, yes, the Grumbleweeds.
Rob Grant: Writing Comedy
They moved onto television, supplying sketches for Three Of A Kind, and Carrott’s Lib among other shows; before heading up the writing team on Spitting Image, and penning the inexcusable No. 1 hit ‘The Chicken Song’.
Again with Doug, he co-created the international smash Red Dwarf for BBC television in 1983; and in 1988, BBC television actually got around to making it. In 1994, the show was awarded an international Emmy.
Rob Grant: Writer
He has written four novels: ‘Colony’, ‘Backwards’, ‘Incompetence’ and ‘Fat’, which were all international bestsellers.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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