Simon Nicholson

Simon Nicholson has written for film, theatre and television and has worked extensively in children’s TV. He was part of the core writing team on BOB THE BUILDER for many years and was Lead-Writer/Script Editor for the BBC landmark show WAYBULOO (BAFTA nomination 2011). He is currently head-writing PJ MASKS series 3 for Entertainment One / Disney, having just completed the second series in the same role. He has two original ideas under option with UK production companies and has recently written on new shows for Spinmaster, Kindle Entertainment, Funnyflux and Darrall Macqueen. He has an original preschool idea in active development with eOne, and he has been commissioned to write a bible and two scripts.

His credits range from pre-school to older age range comedy drama such as the BBC’s hit series TRACY BEAKER. Recently, he has worked widely for US broadcasters, on shows including ZACK AND QUACK (for which he wrote the first episode), TICKETY TOC, and PAW PATROL. He has worked as a story editor and development consultant for many companies, including Zodiak Media, Sunwoo Entertainment, Red Kite Entertainment and Absolutely Cuckoo.

Other recent shows include MIKE THE KNIGHT, TIMMY TIME and FIREMAN SAM. Simon has dual UK-Canadian citizenship and is a member of the CAVCO scheme. Simon also writes children’s fiction and his YOUNG HOUDINI series is published by OUP in the UK and by Sourcebooks in the US. His first novel for children, THE OLDMOOR ORPHANS, was published by Tick Tock in 2010. He is represented on the books side by Eve White

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Credits

TELEVISION
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Company
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PJ MASKS Series 4 (2018)
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Frogbox/eOne/Disney
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Head writer on popular preschool series
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UNTITLED (2018)
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Method Animation
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Commissioned to write a series bible and pilot script based on a heritage property.
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UNTITLED (2018)
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Kindle Entertainment
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Commissioned to revise a series bible and write a pilot script based on a book series.
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KLUNK (2018)
Company
Kelebec Media
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Original idea under option.
Commissioned to write a series bible.
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UNTITLED (2017-18)
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eOne
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Original preschool series idea in development. Series bible and 2 x scripts commissioned
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PJ MASKS Series 3 (2017-18)
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Frogbox/eOne/Disney
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Head writer on popular preschool series
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UNTITLED (2017)
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Alpha Group
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Commissioned to write a series bible
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UNTITLED (2017)
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Darrall Macqueen
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Development work on new preschool series.
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UNTITLED (2016-17)
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Darrall Macqueen/Netflix
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Commissioned to write 3 x 11’ scripts for new animated TV series
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UNTITLED (2016)
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Funnyflux
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Commissioned to complete further development work on series bible and write 1 x episode for a new animated TV series.
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PJ MASKS Series 2 (2016)
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Frogbox/eOne/Disney
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Head writer on popular preschool series
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AGATHA MISTERY (2016)
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Atlantyca Productions
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Development work for new children’s animated TV show.
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UNTITLED (2016)
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Spinmaster
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Commissioned to write scripts for new animated series.
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UNTITLED (2015)
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Funnyflux
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Commissioned to write the English scripts for a new animated TV series.
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YOUNG HOUDINI (2015-17)
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Kindle Entertainment
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Optioned the film & rights for Simon's children's' book series YOUNG HOUDINI, published by OUP.
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UNTITLED (2015)
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Absolutely Cuckoo
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Commissioned to write the bible for new animated series.
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UNTITLED (2015)
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Funnyflux
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Commissioned to write the Bible for a new animated TV series.
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UNTITLED (2015)
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Darrall Macqueen
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Original idea under option
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CLUNK (2015-17)
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Absolutely Cuckoo
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Original idea under option
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TOPSY AND TIM Series 3 (2015)
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Darrall Macqueen
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Commissioned to write 2 x 14' scripts for the third series of this popular live action children’s show.
*Nominated for Children’s BAFTA 2015
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TOBY’S TRAVELLING CIRCUS Series 2 (2015)
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TTC Productions/Komixx
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Commissioned to 2 x 10' scripts for the second series of this stop-frame animated children’s show.
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POSTMAN PAT DELIVERY SERVICE Series 3 (2015)
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Dreamworks Classic Productions
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Commissioned to write 3 x 15' scripts for the third series of this popular stop-motion animated pre-school show.
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LILY'S DRIFTWOOD BAY Series 2 (2015)
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Sixteen South
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Commissioned to write 4 x scripts for the second series of this pre-school animated show.
*Nominated for Children’s BAFTA 2015
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PJ MASKS (2014-15)
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Frogbox/eOne/Disney
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Working as Story Editor and scriptwriter on new series of this animation show.
*Nominated for Kidscreen Award 2015
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FIREMAN SAM Series 10 (2014)
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HiT Entertainment
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Commissioned to write 3 x episodes of the new revamped series of this classic children’s animation series.
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WISSPER (2014)
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Absolutely Cuckoo
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Commissioned to write storylines and scripts for 52 x 7' episodes for new animated TV series.
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ELLA BELLA BINGO Series 3 (2014)
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Kool Produktion AS
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Working as Story Editor and Script Writer on the new series of this pre-school show.
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BRADLEY & BEE (2014)
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Red Kite Animation
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Story Consultant and Writer on new animated show for 4-6 year olds.
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THE DINKERS (2014)
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Monster Entertainment
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Commissioned to write script for this new pre-school series.
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AIRSIDE ANDY (2013-14)
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Notes
Commissioned to write one ten minute episode of this animation show in development.
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LILY'S DRIFTWOOD BAY (2013-14)
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Sixteen South
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Commissioned to write 6 x episodes of this new pre-school animated series.
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TICKEDY TOCK (2013)
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The Foundation
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Commissioned to write 2 x episodes of this pre-school series for Nickelodeon.
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YOUNG HOUDINI
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Buccaneer Media
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Buccaneer Media optioned the rights for Simon's children's' book series YOUNG HOUDINI, published by OUP.
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SUPERWINGS (2013)
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Funnyflux
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Commissioned to write 1 x episode of this pre-school animated series.
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TOPSY AND TIM (2013)
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Darrall Macqueen
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Commissioned to write 3 x episodes of live action preschool show for Cbeebies
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FIREMAN SAM (2013)
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HiT Entertainment
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Commissioned to write 3 x 10' episodes
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ZACH AND QUACK (2013)
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The Foundation
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Commissioned to write 6 x 11' scripts
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WISHING TREE (2012)
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Little Hen
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Commissioned to write pilot script and undertake development work on this new pre-school series.
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PAW PATROL (2012)
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Spinmaster
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Commissioned to write 2 x scripts of this new pre-school animated series for Nickelodeon.
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TED AND DORY (2012)
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Sunwoo Entertainment
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Commissioned to work as English Script Editor on this animated pilot.
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FLOOGALS (2012)
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The Foundation
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Commissioned to undertake a script and bible re-write on this new series.
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TICKERTY DOC (2011)
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The Foundation
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Commissioned to write 3 x episodes of a new pre-school animation series for Nickelodeon.
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FIREMAN SAM Series 8 (2011)
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HiT Entertainment
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Commissioned to write 3 x 11' scripts
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MIKE THE KNIGHT (2011)
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HiT Entertainment
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Commissioned to write 7 x 11' scripts of the animation sreies for CBeebies and Treehouse
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TIMMY TIME Series 2 (2010)
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Aardman Animations
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Commissioned to write several episodes of pre-school animation series
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DOT AND DASH (2010)
Company
Cheeky
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Commissioned to do some development work for new pre-school series in development.
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WAYBULOO (2009)
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The Foundation
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Member of the core writing, script polishing and consultancy team developing and scripting the new landmark pre-school show for CBeebies.
*2011 BAFTA Children’s Award Nominee – Best Pre-School Live Action Programme
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HUNKY DOORY (2009)
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Absolutely Cuckoo
Notes
Commissioned to work as writer/consultant on the development of a new pre-school television show .
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LITTLE BRIDGE (2009)
Company
Total Eclipse Television
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Commissioned to write six storylines and develop new children’s programme.
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ZINGZILLAS (2009)
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CBBC
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Commissioned to write 3 x episodes
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BOB THE BUILDER (2005-09)
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HiT Entertainment
Notes
Continued work on the core writing team for the internationally successful pre-school show.
Production
WHAT'S YOUR NEWS? (2007)
Company
TT Animation
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Several scripts for the new animated / live action show for 4-7 year olds. To be broadcast by Nickelodeon Junior.
Production
CAPTAIN MACK (2007)
Company
Kickback
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10 x scripts written for this new CITV live-action show, which Simon also developed and for which he wrote the pilot script.
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RUPERT AND FRIENDS (2006)
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Entertainment Rights
Notes
Several scripts commissioned.
Production
BEL'S BOYS (2006)
Company
Endemol
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Two scripts written for this live action drama for 6-10 year olds.
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MY BIKE CAN FLY (2006)
Company
Impossible TV
Notes
Development work and pilot script written for this new animation for 4-6 year olds.
Production
CLARITY JONES (2005)
Company
Zenith
Notes
Original idea for a children’s drama series optioned and developed.
Production
THOMAS AND FRIENDS (2005)
Company
HiT Entertainment
Notes
Several scripts written.
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GIRLS IN LOVE (2004)
Company
Granada
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1 x script written for this drama for 8-12 year olds.
Production
BERNARD'S WATCH (2004)
Company
Carlton
Notes
4 x scripts written
Production
TINY PLANETS (2004)
Company
Pepper's Ghost
Notes
Development and pilots scripts written for a new version of the pre-school animation show.
Production
BIG COOK LITTLE COOK (2004)
Company
CBeebies
Notes
4 x scripts written for pre-school live action cooking show.
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TRACY BEAKER (2003)
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CBBC
Notes
2 x scripts written for children's drama series
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RUBBADUBBERS (2003)
Company
HiT Entertainment
Notes
3 x scripts written for pre-school animation show.
Production
LADY GRACE (2003)
Company
IWC
Notes
Development work for children's drama series.
Production
THE HOOBS
Company
Jim Hensen
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Multiple episodes
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FIMBLES
Company
CBeebies
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Multiple episodes
Production
THE INVESTIGATORS
Company
Curious Productions/C4
Notes
Devised and produced (with Penny Lawrence) an original children’s comedy-factual series, which ran for three years.
* Nominated for Bafta and RTS awards
FILM
Production
Company
Notes
Production
GREYFRIARS BOBBY (2003)
Company
Illuminated Films
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Feature film script.
Production
WAR GAME (2002)
Company
Iluminated Films
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Short Film - a 30 minute special based on the book by Michael Foreman, and broadcast internationally.
*The Youth Jury Award at the Reel to Real International Film Festival
*The Bronze Prize at Tehran International Animation Festival
*The Golden Prize for the Best Animation Film, Cairo International Film Festival for Children 2003
THEATRE AND OPERA
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Company
Notes
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SPARKLEPUFF (2011)
Company
Tete a Tete Productions
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Commissioned to write short opera to be performed at The Opera Festival in Hammersmith and Riverside Studios foyer.
Production
NYANYUSHKA (2007)
Company
Tete a Tete Productions
Notes
A short opera (music by Gary Carpenter). Produced at the Riverside Studios, London and on national tour. “Polished and witty” Daily Telegraph.
Production
CHINA SONG
Company
Plymouth Theatre Royal
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Music-theatre piece written with composer Gary Carpenter
Production
FLEA CIRCUS
Company
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
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Music-theatre piece written with composer Gary Carpenter
Production
DOGGONE
Company
BAC
Notes
Music-theatre piece written with composer Gary Carpenter
Production
THE MAGIC FLUTE
Company
Unicorn Theatre
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Children's adaptation
*Winner - Herbert Kretzmer Award for Best Lyricist 1998
Production
VARIOUS
Company
RSC
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Assistant director at the RSC with Howard Davies, Gale Edwards, Stephen Pimlott and Tim Albery.
TELEVISION
Production Company Notes
PJ MASKS Series 4 (2018) Frogbox/eOne/Disney Head writer on popular preschool series
UNTITLED (2018) Method Animation Commissioned to write a series bible and pilot script based on a heritage property.
UNTITLED (2018) Kindle Entertainment Commissioned to revise a series bible and write a pilot script based on a book series.
KLUNK (2018) Kelebec Media Original idea under option.
Commissioned to write a series bible.
UNTITLED (2017-18) eOne Original preschool series idea in development. Series bible and 2 x scripts commissioned
PJ MASKS Series 3 (2017-18) Frogbox/eOne/Disney Head writer on popular preschool series
UNTITLED (2017) Alpha Group Commissioned to write a series bible
UNTITLED (2017) Darrall Macqueen Development work on new preschool series.
UNTITLED (2016-17) Darrall Macqueen/Netflix Commissioned to write 3 x 11’ scripts for new animated TV series
UNTITLED (2016) Funnyflux Commissioned to complete further development work on series bible and write 1 x episode for a new animated TV series.
PJ MASKS Series 2 (2016) Frogbox/eOne/Disney Head writer on popular preschool series
AGATHA MISTERY (2016) Atlantyca Productions Development work for new children’s animated TV show.
UNTITLED (2016) Spinmaster Commissioned to write scripts for new animated series.
UNTITLED (2015) Funnyflux Commissioned to write the English scripts for a new animated TV series.
YOUNG HOUDINI (2015-17) Kindle Entertainment Optioned the film & rights for Simon's children's' book series YOUNG HOUDINI, published by OUP.
UNTITLED (2015) Absolutely Cuckoo Commissioned to write the bible for new animated series.
UNTITLED (2015) Funnyflux Commissioned to write the Bible for a new animated TV series.
UNTITLED (2015) Darrall Macqueen Original idea under option
CLUNK (2015-17) Absolutely Cuckoo Original idea under option
TOPSY AND TIM Series 3 (2015) Darrall Macqueen Commissioned to write 2 x 14' scripts for the third series of this popular live action children’s show.
*Nominated for Children’s BAFTA 2015
TOBY’S TRAVELLING CIRCUS Series 2 (2015) TTC Productions/Komixx Commissioned to 2 x 10' scripts for the second series of this stop-frame animated children’s show.
POSTMAN PAT DELIVERY SERVICE Series 3 (2015) Dreamworks Classic Productions Commissioned to write 3 x 15' scripts for the third series of this popular stop-motion animated pre-school show.
LILY'S DRIFTWOOD BAY Series 2 (2015) Sixteen South Commissioned to write 4 x scripts for the second series of this pre-school animated show.
*Nominated for Children’s BAFTA 2015
PJ MASKS (2014-15) Frogbox/eOne/Disney Working as Story Editor and scriptwriter on new series of this animation show.
*Nominated for Kidscreen Award 2015
FIREMAN SAM Series 10 (2014) HiT Entertainment Commissioned to write 3 x episodes of the new revamped series of this classic children’s animation series.
WISSPER (2014) Absolutely Cuckoo Commissioned to write storylines and scripts for 52 x 7' episodes for new animated TV series.
ELLA BELLA BINGO Series 3 (2014) Kool Produktion AS Working as Story Editor and Script Writer on the new series of this pre-school show.
BRADLEY & BEE (2014) Red Kite Animation Story Consultant and Writer on new animated show for 4-6 year olds.
THE DINKERS (2014) Monster Entertainment Commissioned to write script for this new pre-school series.
AIRSIDE ANDY (2013-14) Commissioned to write one ten minute episode of this animation show in development.
LILY'S DRIFTWOOD BAY (2013-14) Sixteen South Commissioned to write 6 x episodes of this new pre-school animated series.
TICKEDY TOCK (2013) The Foundation Commissioned to write 2 x episodes of this pre-school series for Nickelodeon.
YOUNG HOUDINI Buccaneer Media Buccaneer Media optioned the rights for Simon's children's' book series YOUNG HOUDINI, published by OUP.
SUPERWINGS (2013) Funnyflux Commissioned to write 1 x episode of this pre-school animated series.
TOPSY AND TIM (2013) Darrall Macqueen Commissioned to write 3 x episodes of live action preschool show for Cbeebies
FIREMAN SAM (2013) HiT Entertainment Commissioned to write 3 x 10' episodes
ZACH AND QUACK (2013) The Foundation Commissioned to write 6 x 11' scripts
WISHING TREE (2012) Little Hen Commissioned to write pilot script and undertake development work on this new pre-school series.
PAW PATROL (2012) Spinmaster Commissioned to write 2 x scripts of this new pre-school animated series for Nickelodeon.
TED AND DORY (2012) Sunwoo Entertainment Commissioned to work as English Script Editor on this animated pilot.
FLOOGALS (2012) The Foundation Commissioned to undertake a script and bible re-write on this new series.
TICKERTY DOC (2011) The Foundation Commissioned to write 3 x episodes of a new pre-school animation series for Nickelodeon.
FIREMAN SAM Series 8 (2011) HiT Entertainment Commissioned to write 3 x 11' scripts
MIKE THE KNIGHT (2011) HiT Entertainment Commissioned to write 7 x 11' scripts of the animation sreies for CBeebies and Treehouse
TIMMY TIME Series 2 (2010) Aardman Animations Commissioned to write several episodes of pre-school animation series
DOT AND DASH (2010) Cheeky Commissioned to do some development work for new pre-school series in development.
WAYBULOO (2009) The Foundation Member of the core writing, script polishing and consultancy team developing and scripting the new landmark pre-school show for CBeebies.
*2011 BAFTA Children’s Award Nominee – Best Pre-School Live Action Programme
HUNKY DOORY (2009) Absolutely Cuckoo Commissioned to work as writer/consultant on the development of a new pre-school television show .
LITTLE BRIDGE (2009) Total Eclipse Television Commissioned to write six storylines and develop new children’s programme.
ZINGZILLAS (2009) CBBC Commissioned to write 3 x episodes
BOB THE BUILDER (2005-09) HiT Entertainment Continued work on the core writing team for the internationally successful pre-school show.
WHAT'S YOUR NEWS? (2007) TT Animation Several scripts for the new animated / live action show for 4-7 year olds. To be broadcast by Nickelodeon Junior.
CAPTAIN MACK (2007) Kickback 10 x scripts written for this new CITV live-action show, which Simon also developed and for which he wrote the pilot script.
RUPERT AND FRIENDS (2006) Entertainment Rights Several scripts commissioned.
BEL'S BOYS (2006) Endemol Two scripts written for this live action drama for 6-10 year olds.
MY BIKE CAN FLY (2006) Impossible TV Development work and pilot script written for this new animation for 4-6 year olds.
CLARITY JONES (2005) Zenith Original idea for a children’s drama series optioned and developed.
THOMAS AND FRIENDS (2005) HiT Entertainment Several scripts written.
GIRLS IN LOVE (2004) Granada 1 x script written for this drama for 8-12 year olds.
BERNARD'S WATCH (2004) Carlton 4 x scripts written
TINY PLANETS (2004) Pepper's Ghost Development and pilots scripts written for a new version of the pre-school animation show.
BIG COOK LITTLE COOK (2004) CBeebies 4 x scripts written for pre-school live action cooking show.
TRACY BEAKER (2003) CBBC 2 x scripts written for children's drama series
RUBBADUBBERS (2003) HiT Entertainment 3 x scripts written for pre-school animation show.
LADY GRACE (2003) IWC Development work for children's drama series.
THE HOOBS Jim Hensen Multiple episodes
FIMBLES CBeebies Multiple episodes
THE INVESTIGATORS Curious Productions/C4 Devised and produced (with Penny Lawrence) an original children’s comedy-factual series, which ran for three years.
* Nominated for Bafta and RTS awards
FILM
Production Company Notes
GREYFRIARS BOBBY (2003) Illuminated Films Feature film script.
WAR GAME (2002) Iluminated Films Short Film - a 30 minute special based on the book by Michael Foreman, and broadcast internationally.
*The Youth Jury Award at the Reel to Real International Film Festival
*The Bronze Prize at Tehran International Animation Festival
*The Golden Prize for the Best Animation Film, Cairo International Film Festival for Children 2003
THEATRE AND OPERA
Production Company Notes
SPARKLEPUFF (2011) Tete a Tete Productions Commissioned to write short opera to be performed at The Opera Festival in Hammersmith and Riverside Studios foyer.
NYANYUSHKA (2007) Tete a Tete Productions A short opera (music by Gary Carpenter). Produced at the Riverside Studios, London and on national tour. “Polished and witty” Daily Telegraph.
CHINA SONG Plymouth Theatre Royal Music-theatre piece written with composer Gary Carpenter
FLEA CIRCUS Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Music-theatre piece written with composer Gary Carpenter
DOGGONE BAC Music-theatre piece written with composer Gary Carpenter
THE MAGIC FLUTE Unicorn Theatre Children's adaptation
*Winner - Herbert Kretzmer Award for Best Lyricist 1998
VARIOUS RSC Assistant director at the RSC with Howard Davies, Gale Edwards, Stephen Pimlott and Tim Albery.