Nigel Smith.

Author / Scriptwriter

A prolific and experienced writer/producer, Nigel has worked across TV, radio and film for more than 20 years.

He began his TV career at LWT in 1996, joining a team that helped discover and develop such writing and performing talent as BAIN and ARMSTRONG, MITCHELL AND WEBB, THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN, SIMON PEGG and BILL BAILEY.

He went on to produce the CHANNEL 4 SITCOM FESTIVAL, and as Head of Development at ASSEMBLY FILM AND TV, was involved in the early development of the hit comedy BLACK BOOKS.

From there he moved to CARLTON TELEVISION, where he continued his parallel career as a writer, culminating in creating, co-writing and executive producing his own comedy, DOCTORS AND NURSES for BBC1.

While recovering from a serious illness he went on to co-write TEENAGE KICKS (Radio 2 and ITV1) with Adrian Edmondson, before writing and directing a series of radio comedies and comedy-dramas, notably the critically-acclaimed and award nominated VENT and THE HISTORY PLAYS.

He wrote OUTSIDE BET, a feature film starring Bob Hoskins and Jenny Agutter, which was adapted from the novel THE MUMPER and distributed by Universal in 2012.

He is currently writing two new projects, TV sitcom RASPBERRIES, and radio comedy THE DEFENDER.

Nigel has written a critically-acclaimed memoir I THINK THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH ME (Harper Collins) and a series of internationally bestselling children’s books NATHALIA BUTTFACE AND… (Harper Collins), translated into several languages.

He has maintained extensive contacts across a wide range of broadcast media and is still involved with development, recently working for the BBC on a new writer’s course. This year he also lectured on non-fiction writing at UCL, London University.

He began his professional writing career as a crime reporter in the East End, and still writes for national newspapers. He went on to write plays in New York in the early ‘90s, before attending the writer’s course at the National Film and Television School.

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