Kiss Me First
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
Kiss Me First
       
     
Kiss Me First

Adaptation of Lottie Moggach’s cult YA novel, written by Skins creator Bryan Elsley for Netflix and E4. I directed the first three of six hour-long episodes that combine live action with full CG virtual reality sequences. Launches 2018.

       
     
Death in Gaza, Clip "Funeral"

“Death In Gaza deserved its Emmys, and deserves its continuing renown... infuriating, tragic and brilliant”

The Guardian

“Death in Gaza is an exemplary piece of filmmaking, of which Miller would rightly be proud”

Independent on Sunday

“An extraordinary documentary…”

The Times

 

WINNER - EMMY Award - Exceptional Merit in Non-Fiction Filmmaking

WINNER - EMMY Award - Non-Fiction Directing

WINNER - EMMY Award – Cinematography

NOMINATED - EMMY Award – Non-fiction Writing

NOMINATED - BAFTA Craft Award, Factual Editing

WINNER - BAFTA Award, Current Affairs

WINNER - Audience Award, Hot Docs Toronto

WINNER - Innovation in Direction, Chicago Documentary Film Festival

WINNER - Sterling Award for a Feature Film, AFI Silverdocs

WINNER - Rory Peck Award for Features

NOMINATED - RTS Award, Current Affairs

NOMINATED - Grierson Award, International Cinema Documentary

 

FILM FESTIVAL OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

Berlin, Chicago, Toronto, Amnesty USA, Seattle, LA, AFI, Galway, Flanders, Barcelona, Melbourne & Stockholm

 

       
     
Barbados

Official selection Toronto International Film Festival.

Short film starring Michael Sheen, Radha Mitchell and Ty Simpkins.

Written by George Kay, produced by Jason Carden for Funny Or Die and Fred Berger for Impostor Pictures.

       
     
No Offence - Series One Trailer

Multi-award winning police drama written by Shameless creator Paul Abbott for Channel 4. I directed episodes four and six of the first series and some of the final episode of the second series.

Nominated BAFTA Award Best Drama Series, winner RTS Award Best Drama.

Guardian – “Paul Abbott’s new comedy police drama No Offence has the makings of an instant hit for Channel 4, launching with 2.5 million viewers, its biggest midweek drama launch for more than three years.”

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/may/06/no-offence-paul-abbott-latest-hit-2-5-million-viewers

Independent – “No Offence is everything Shameless fans could’ve hoped for and more… a gleefully outrageous cop show… an hour of riotously enjoyable television… It's the sort of show that has you spending the first half wondering what the hell's going on, and the second hoping that, whatever it is, will never, ever end.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/reviews/no-offence-channel-4--tv-review-shameless-plus-a-serial-killer-plot-equals-a-gleefully-outrageous-cop-show-10227080.html

Radio Times – “No Offence is an addictive, funny and disturbing cop show with the glorious humanity of Shameless. Paul Abbott's eight-part police series lurches from the comic to the grim, never letting you get too comfortable. And it makes for a thrilling watch.”

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-05-03/no-offence-is-an-addictive-funny-and-disturbing-cop-show-with-the-glorious-humanity-of-shameless

Telegraph - “Filthily funny… No Offence is pacy and provocative, while still emotionally deep enough to make you care.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/tv-and-radio-reviews/11584058/No-Offence-review-filthily-funny.html 

Guardian - "No Offence is bold and rude but not crude. Dark certainly, but also – as you’d expect from Abbott – vibrant, warm, rich and real.”

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/may/06/no-offence-review-paul-abbotts-rude-but-not-crude-un-pc-cop-show 

New Statesman – “No Offence is that rare thing, a truly good comedy drama”

http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2015/05/no-offence-rare-thing-truly-good-comedy-drama

Observer – “Deeply funny”

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/may/10/the-c-word-stranger-on-the-bridge-no-offence-shark-bbc4-goes-slow

Radio Times - “Why we need more bold drama like No Offence to stop mainstream TV being too safe”

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-05-26/why-we-need-more-bold-drama-like-no-offence-to-stop-mainstream-tv-being-too-safe

Independent – “Exhilarating, ballsy and filthily funny… Channel 4’s brilliant new show No Offence is shaking up the police drama”

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/features/how-channel-4s-brilliant-new-show-no-offence-is-shaking-up-the-police-drama-10199433.html

Evening Standard – “Mouthy, cocksure and with verve to spare… No Offence is quite extraordinary because it surpasses the expectations of the police procedural while also delivering drama in Abbott’s signature style. It’s quietly revolutionary but feels entirely natural.”

http://www.standard.co.uk/stayingin/tvfilm/what-to-watch-on-tv-no-offence-penny-dreadful-murder-in-successville-10227044.html

Radio Times - “It's still very unusual to have three women fronting a gritty, funny, intelligent TV drama – and viewers were thrilled. As Joanna Scanlan (The Thick of It), Alexandra Roach (Utopia) and Elaine Cassidy (Harper's Island) solved crimes with the help – and sometimes hindrance – of their male counterparts, Twitter was in awe of the female triumvirate.”

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-05-06/no-offence-guys-but-the-women-are-the-best-thing-about-paul-abbotts-new-police-drama-say-viewers

The Times – “With this new set of brash female detectives, Paul Abbott is presenting a punkish reworking of Scott & Bailey.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/tv-radio/reviews/article4431271.ece

The Mirror – “A worthy successor to Shameless and about time too.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-reviews/no-offence-review-worthy-successor-5642862

Guardian – “Abbott is back with No Offence, where you can see the influence of police procedural from State of Play, the pantomime grotesquery of Shameless, and as always that brilliant ear for the individual voice.”

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/apr/15/paul-abbott-dont-need-damage-to-be-good-writer-no-offence-shameless

Spectator – “Hugely entertaining”

http://www.spectator.co.uk/arts/television/9520802/channel-4s-no-offence-reviewed-hugely-entertaining-and-wildly-unconvincing/

Arts Desk – “There’s been much hullabaloo surrounding the new series from Paul Abbott – and with good reason.”

http://www.theartsdesk.com/tv/no-offence-channel-4

       
     
No Offence Episode Four, Clip "Mall Sting"

Multi-award winning police drama written by Shameless creator Paul Abbott for Channel 4. I directed episodes four and six of the first series and some of the final episode of the second series.

Nominated BAFTA Award Best Drama Series, winner RTS Award Best Drama.

Guardian – “Paul Abbott’s new comedy police drama No Offence has the makings of an instant hit for Channel 4, launching with 2.5 million viewers, its biggest midweek drama launch for more than three years.”

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/may/06/no-offence-paul-abbott-latest-hit-2-5-million-viewers

Independent – “No Offence is everything Shameless fans could’ve hoped for and more… a gleefully outrageous cop show… an hour of riotously enjoyable television… It's the sort of show that has you spending the first half wondering what the hell's going on, and the second hoping that, whatever it is, will never, ever end.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/reviews/no-offence-channel-4--tv-review-shameless-plus-a-serial-killer-plot-equals-a-gleefully-outrageous-cop-show-10227080.html

Radio Times – “No Offence is an addictive, funny and disturbing cop show with the glorious humanity of Shameless. Paul Abbott's eight-part police series lurches from the comic to the grim, never letting you get too comfortable. And it makes for a thrilling watch.”

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-05-03/no-offence-is-an-addictive-funny-and-disturbing-cop-show-with-the-glorious-humanity-of-shameless

Telegraph - “Filthily funny… No Offence is pacy and provocative, while still emotionally deep enough to make you care.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/tv-and-radio-reviews/11584058/No-Offence-review-filthily-funny.html 

Guardian - "No Offence is bold and rude but not crude. Dark certainly, but also – as you’d expect from Abbott – vibrant, warm, rich and real.”

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/may/06/no-offence-review-paul-abbotts-rude-but-not-crude-un-pc-cop-show 

New Statesman – “No Offence is that rare thing, a truly good comedy drama”

http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2015/05/no-offence-rare-thing-truly-good-comedy-drama

Observer – “Deeply funny”

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/may/10/the-c-word-stranger-on-the-bridge-no-offence-shark-bbc4-goes-slow

Radio Times - “Why we need more bold drama like No Offence to stop mainstream TV being too safe”

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-05-26/why-we-need-more-bold-drama-like-no-offence-to-stop-mainstream-tv-being-too-safe

Independent – “Exhilarating, ballsy and filthily funny… Channel 4’s brilliant new show No Offence is shaking up the police drama”

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/features/how-channel-4s-brilliant-new-show-no-offence-is-shaking-up-the-police-drama-10199433.html

Evening Standard – “Mouthy, cocksure and with verve to spare… No Offence is quite extraordinary because it surpasses the expectations of the police procedural while also delivering drama in Abbott’s signature style. It’s quietly revolutionary but feels entirely natural.”

http://www.standard.co.uk/stayingin/tvfilm/what-to-watch-on-tv-no-offence-penny-dreadful-murder-in-successville-10227044.html

Radio Times - “It's still very unusual to have three women fronting a gritty, funny, intelligent TV drama – and viewers were thrilled. As Joanna Scanlan (The Thick of It), Alexandra Roach (Utopia) and Elaine Cassidy (Harper's Island) solved crimes with the help – and sometimes hindrance – of their male counterparts, Twitter was in awe of the female triumvirate.”

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-05-06/no-offence-guys-but-the-women-are-the-best-thing-about-paul-abbotts-new-police-drama-say-viewers

The Times – “With this new set of brash female detectives, Paul Abbott is presenting a punkish reworking of Scott & Bailey.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/tv-radio/reviews/article4431271.ece

The Mirror – “A worthy successor to Shameless and about time too.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-reviews/no-offence-review-worthy-successor-5642862

Guardian – “Abbott is back with No Offence, where you can see the influence of police procedural from State of Play, the pantomime grotesquery of Shameless, and as always that brilliant ear for the individual voice.”

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/apr/15/paul-abbott-dont-need-damage-to-be-good-writer-no-offence-shameless

Spectator – “Hugely entertaining”

http://www.spectator.co.uk/arts/television/9520802/channel-4s-no-offence-reviewed-hugely-entertaining-and-wildly-unconvincing/

Arts Desk – “There’s been much hullabaloo surrounding the new series from Paul Abbott – and with good reason.”

http://www.theartsdesk.com/tv/no-offence-channel-4

       
     
La La Land, Clip "Shark"

A Showtime Original Series. Writer, director and EP. Starring Marc Wootton as wannabe documentary maker Brendan, celebrity psychic Shirley and cab driver turner actor Gary, the show charts their adventures in the underbelly of Los Angeles.

Awards

Rose D'Or - Nominated Best Comedy

“It’s perfectly acted, cushion-bitingly awkward and, above all, very funny.”

Tim Arthur, Time Out 

“The show that starts out innocently enough and soon accelerates to the point where you can scarcely believe what is taking place. Genius.”

Ali Caterral, The Guardian

“It’s genuinely funny.”

Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

“Frequently astonishing… extremely funny… terrifyingly good.”

Radio Times

“Beautifully conceived… gloriously silly and devastatingly funny.”

Word

“La La Land is a genius idea, brilliantly executed.”

The Daily Mirror

“The world of celebrity exposed in all its horrendous glory.”

GQ

“Comedian Marc Wootton, a more complicated, more perverse and arguably just as brilliant version of Sacha Baron Cohen, lands in Los Angeles armed with three tenacious alter egos poised to grab the zeitgeist by its skinny throat and choke the life out of it… La La Land may be the single funniest thing I've seen on TV in the past year.”

Heather Havrilesky, Salon.com

       
     
Ordinary Lies Episode One, Clip "Daughter"

Lead director on the second season of this returning mini-series for BBC One. Written by Danny Brocklehurst for BBC One, this is Joe’s story starring Con O’Neil.

Daily Express – “Ordinary Lies viewers gripped after 'fantastic' first episode.

ORDINARY LIES returned to television screens last night and viewers were left speechless by an impressive first episode.”

http://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/722733/Ordinary-Lies-viewers-gripped-praise-Con-O-Neill-first-episode

 

Guardian – “Con O’Neill is utterly convincing as the troubled husband trying to find out the truth about his wife – and discovering much more than he bargained for”

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/oct/19/ordinary-lies-review-spy-cams-house-con-oneill-husband-wife

 

Express – “It was really not about spying, or lying, but about how tragedy drives people apart when they most need to be together. Clever, moral stuff and a million miles from ordinary.”

http://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/722529/Last-night-TV-review-Ordinary-Lies-Who-Spending-Britain-Billions-Jacques-Peretti

 

Independent – “Along with tales of flings, mental health issues, alcohol abuse, non-answering mobiles and women trying to get pregnant or desperately trying not to, Ordinary Lies offers a raw reflection of the rich variety of personal angst in real-life Britain, an almost Chaucerian ride through modern lives and mores.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/tv-review-prison-my-parents-and-me-bbc1-ordinary-lies-bbc1-a7418386.html

 

Daily Mail - “See it and believe it! The Beeb's thriller about liars now rings true… the new series is instantly much more engaging. This is a six-part series, with each episode focusing on a different character and much of the storyline was given over to setting up their mini-dramas — the neurotic divorcee, the office manager receiving letters from prison and so on. It’s taken a while to get this set-up right, but Ordinary Lies now promises to be clever, rewarding television.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3849954/See-believe-Beeb-s-thriller-liars-rings-true-writes-CHRISTOPHER-STEVENS.html  

 

Guardian - "The great, underused Con O’Neill retunrs to primetime after his role in Happy Valley last year. In the second series of this ensemble anthology show, he stars as Joe, a popular manager at a sportswear wholesaler. After an accident at work, he returns home to find everything not quite as he expects it, setting in motion a series of events which uncovers a wealth of family secrets and abuse. O’Neill excels as a workplace-banter legend who’s pushed to the edge.”

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/oct/18/tuesday-best-tv-whos-spending-britains-billions-ordinary-lies-insecure

 

The Times – “This new series looks set to be much stronger because, rather than being based on a single, labored deception, the “ordinary lies” of the title refers more generally to things hidden or unspoken.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ordinary-lies-married-at-first-sight-s55qj9zhq

 

Arts Desk – “The concept is somewhere between single drama and series: to stay in one place while shifting focus from one character to another. Paul Abbott did it in Clocking Off, telling a different story each week about a group of workers in a Manchester textile plant. Jimmy McGovern exported the idea to The Street, where he opened one door at a time to find out what was going on inside. The common denominator of both series was scriptwriter-for-hire Danny Brocklehurst. Brocklehurst took the format and made it his own in Ordinary Lies

It was all held together by O’Neill, adept at switching from relentless bonhomie to febrile suspicion. Quite gripping.”

http://www.theartsdesk.com/tv/ordinary-lies-series-2-bbc-one

 

The Times – “it is time to acknowledge that Danny Brocklehurst’s serial is one of the best dramas on television this autumn”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/times2/ordinary-lies-prison-my-parents-and-me-ff72ks8wh

       
     
No Offence Episode Six, Clip "Ajamu Break"
       
     
No Offence Episode Six, Clip "Cold Open"
       
     
No Offence Episode Four, Clip "Cold Open"
       
     
Ordinary Lies One, Clip "Focused"
       
     
Ordinary Lies Episode Four, Clip "Hit Man"
       
     
No Offence Episode Four, Clip "Jonah"
       
     
Ordinary Lies Episode Two, Clip "Who is he?"
       
     
Pramface, Clip "Laura and Liz 1"

Lead director on the second season of the hit BBC dramedy.

"Pramface: the one teen parenting TV programme to watch.

Like the film Juno, Pramface portrays real teen parenthood, and is a must-watch for anyone who wants to know what it's really like to be a young mother. The reason for this is because it doesn’t seem to have an agenda; its not a cautionary tale, it doesn’t make you feel smug that your life is not as bad as theirs, and it doesn’t attempt to monitor or dissect anyone’s character or morals. Its only goal is to be funny – and not the funny where middle-class men dress up as a stereotype in an effort to mock the working class, but a less divisive kind of humour. And, in my opinion, it works."

The Telegraph

“This strongly cast and promising comedy returns for a second series, with two families preparing for a baptism of ire… High-quality comedy drama.”

John Dugdale, The Sunday Times

"Scarlett Alice Johnson plays the frazzled new mum with aplomb."

The Daily Mail  

This fab comedy returns for a second series.”

Closer

“Pramface is excellent.”

Kevin O’Sullivan, Sunday Mirror

"Impressive comedy about young parents." *****

Boyd Hilton, Heat

       
     
Ordinary Lies - Episode One

Lead director on the second season of this returning mini-series for BBC One. Written by Danny Brocklehurst for BBC One, this is Joe’s story starring Con O’Neil.

Daily Express – “Ordinary Lies viewers gripped after 'fantastic' first episode.

ORDINARY LIES returned to television screens last night and viewers were left speechless by an impressive first episode.”

http://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/722733/Ordinary-Lies-viewers-gripped-praise-Con-O-Neill-first-episode

 

Guardian – “Con O’Neill is utterly convincing as the troubled husband trying to find out the truth about his wife – and discovering much more than he bargained for”

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/oct/19/ordinary-lies-review-spy-cams-house-con-oneill-husband-wife

 

Express – “It was really not about spying, or lying, but about how tragedy drives people apart when they most need to be together. Clever, moral stuff and a million miles from ordinary.”

http://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/722529/Last-night-TV-review-Ordinary-Lies-Who-Spending-Britain-Billions-Jacques-Peretti

 

Independent – “Along with tales of flings, mental health issues, alcohol abuse, non-answering mobiles and women trying to get pregnant or desperately trying not to, Ordinary Lies offers a raw reflection of the rich variety of personal angst in real-life Britain, an almost Chaucerian ride through modern lives and mores.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/tv-review-prison-my-parents-and-me-bbc1-ordinary-lies-bbc1-a7418386.html

 

Daily Mail - “See it and believe it! The Beeb's thriller about liars now rings true… the new series is instantly much more engaging. This is a six-part series, with each episode focusing on a different character and much of the storyline was given over to setting up their mini-dramas — the neurotic divorcee, the office manager receiving letters from prison and so on. It’s taken a while to get this set-up right, but Ordinary Lies now promises to be clever, rewarding television.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3849954/See-believe-Beeb-s-thriller-liars-rings-true-writes-CHRISTOPHER-STEVENS.html  

 

Guardian - "The great, underused Con O’Neill retunrs to primetime after his role in Happy Valley last year. In the second series of this ensemble anthology show, he stars as Joe, a popular manager at a sportswear wholesaler. After an accident at work, he returns home to find everything not quite as he expects it, setting in motion a series of events which uncovers a wealth of family secrets and abuse. O’Neill excels as a workplace-banter legend who’s pushed to the edge.”

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/oct/18/tuesday-best-tv-whos-spending-britains-billions-ordinary-lies-insecure

 

The Times – “This new series looks set to be much stronger because, rather than being based on a single, labored deception, the “ordinary lies” of the title refers more generally to things hidden or unspoken.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ordinary-lies-married-at-first-sight-s55qj9zhq

 

Arts Desk – “The concept is somewhere between single drama and series: to stay in one place while shifting focus from one character to another. Paul Abbott did it in Clocking Off, telling a different story each week about a group of workers in a Manchester textile plant. Jimmy McGovern exported the idea to The Street, where he opened one door at a time to find out what was going on inside. The common denominator of both series was scriptwriter-for-hire Danny Brocklehurst. Brocklehurst took the format and made it his own in Ordinary Lies

It was all held together by O’Neill, adept at switching from relentless bonhomie to febrile suspicion. Quite gripping.”

http://www.theartsdesk.com/tv/ordinary-lies-series-2-bbc-one

 

The Times – “it is time to acknowledge that Danny Brocklehurst’s serial is one of the best dramas on television this autumn”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/times2/ordinary-lies-prison-my-parents-and-me-ff72ks8wh

       
     
Ordinary Lies Episode One, Clip "Pint"

Lead director on the second season of this returning mini-series for BBC One. Written by Danny Brocklehurst for BBC One, this is Joe’s story starring Con O’Neil.

Daily Express – “Ordinary Lies viewers gripped after 'fantastic' first episode.

ORDINARY LIES returned to television screens last night and viewers were left speechless by an impressive first episode.”

http://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/722733/Ordinary-Lies-viewers-gripped-praise-Con-O-Neill-first-episode

 

Guardian – “Con O’Neill is utterly convincing as the troubled husband trying to find out the truth about his wife – and discovering much more than he bargained for”

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/oct/19/ordinary-lies-review-spy-cams-house-con-oneill-husband-wife

 

Express – “It was really not about spying, or lying, but about how tragedy drives people apart when they most need to be together. Clever, moral stuff and a million miles from ordinary.”

http://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/722529/Last-night-TV-review-Ordinary-Lies-Who-Spending-Britain-Billions-Jacques-Peretti

 

Independent – “Along with tales of flings, mental health issues, alcohol abuse, non-answering mobiles and women trying to get pregnant or desperately trying not to, Ordinary Lies offers a raw reflection of the rich variety of personal angst in real-life Britain, an almost Chaucerian ride through modern lives and mores.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/tv-review-prison-my-parents-and-me-bbc1-ordinary-lies-bbc1-a7418386.html

 

Daily Mail - “See it and believe it! The Beeb's thriller about liars now rings true… the new series is instantly much more engaging. This is a six-part series, with each episode focusing on a different character and much of the storyline was given over to setting up their mini-dramas — the neurotic divorcee, the office manager receiving letters from prison and so on. It’s taken a while to get this set-up right, but Ordinary Lies now promises to be clever, rewarding television.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3849954/See-believe-Beeb-s-thriller-liars-rings-true-writes-CHRISTOPHER-STEVENS.html  

 

Guardian - "The great, underused Con O’Neill retunrs to primetime after his role in Happy Valley last year. In the second series of this ensemble anthology show, he stars as Joe, a popular manager at a sportswear wholesaler. After an accident at work, he returns home to find everything not quite as he expects it, setting in motion a series of events which uncovers a wealth of family secrets and abuse. O’Neill excels as a workplace-banter legend who’s pushed to the edge.”

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/oct/18/tuesday-best-tv-whos-spending-britains-billions-ordinary-lies-insecure

 

The Times – “This new series looks set to be much stronger because, rather than being based on a single, labored deception, the “ordinary lies” of the title refers more generally to things hidden or unspoken.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ordinary-lies-married-at-first-sight-s55qj9zhq

 

Arts Desk – “The concept is somewhere between single drama and series: to stay in one place while shifting focus from one character to another. Paul Abbott did it in Clocking Off, telling a different story each week about a group of workers in a Manchester textile plant. Jimmy McGovern exported the idea to The Street, where he opened one door at a time to find out what was going on inside. The common denominator of both series was scriptwriter-for-hire Danny Brocklehurst. Brocklehurst took the format and made it his own in Ordinary Lies

It was all held together by O’Neill, adept at switching from relentless bonhomie to febrile suspicion. Quite gripping.”

http://www.theartsdesk.com/tv/ordinary-lies-series-2-bbc-one

 

The Times – “it is time to acknowledge that Danny Brocklehurst’s serial is one of the best dramas on television this autumn”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/times2/ordinary-lies-prison-my-parents-and-me-ff72ks8wh

       
     
Ordinary Lies - Episode Two

Lead director on the second season of this returning mini-series for BBC One. Written by Danny Brocklehurst for BBC One, this is Holly’s story starring Kimberly Nixon.

Daily Express – “Ordinary Lies viewers gripped after 'fantastic' first episode.

ORDINARY LIES returned to television screens last night and viewers were left speechless by an impressive first episode.”

http://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/722733/Ordinary-Lies-viewers-gripped-praise-Con-O-Neill-first-episode

 

Independent – “Along with tales of flings, mental health issues, alcohol abuse, non-answering mobiles and women trying to get pregnant or desperately trying not to, Ordinary Lies offers a raw reflection of the rich variety of personal angst in real-life Britain, an almost Chaucerian ride through modern lives and mores.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/tv-review-prison-my-parents-and-me-bbc1-ordinary-lies-bbc1-a7418386.html

 

Daily Mail - “See it and believe it! The Beeb's thriller about liars now rings true… the new series is instantly much more engaging. This is a six-part series, with each episode focusing on a different character and much of the storyline was given over to setting up their mini-dramas — the neurotic divorcee, the office manager receiving letters from prison and so on. It’s taken a while to get this set-up right, but Ordinary Lies now promises to be clever, rewarding television.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3849954/See-believe-Beeb-s-thriller-liars-rings-true-writes-CHRISTOPHER-STEVENS.html  

 

 

The Times – “This new series looks set to be much stronger because, rather than being based on a single, labored deception, the “ordinary lies” of the title refers more generally to things hidden or unspoken.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ordinary-lies-married-at-first-sight-s55qj9zhq

 

The Times – “it is time to acknowledge that Danny Brocklehurst’s serial is one of the best dramas on television this autumn”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/times2/ordinary-lies-prison-my-parents-and-me-ff72ks8wh

       
     
Ordinary Lies - Episode Four

Lead director on the second season of this returning mini-series for BBC One. Written by Danny Brocklehurst for BBC One, this is Wendy’s story starring Rebekah Staton.

Daily Express – “Ordinary Lies viewers gripped after 'fantastic' first episode.

ORDINARY LIES returned to television screens last night and viewers were left speechless by an impressive first episode.”

http://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/722733/Ordinary-Lies-viewers-gripped-praise-Con-O-Neill-first-episode

 

Independent – “Along with tales of flings, mental health issues, alcohol abuse, non-answering mobiles and women trying to get pregnant or desperately trying not to, Ordinary Lies offers a raw reflection of the rich variety of personal angst in real-life Britain, an almost Chaucerian ride through modern lives and mores.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/tv-review-prison-my-parents-and-me-bbc1-ordinary-lies-bbc1-a7418386.html

 

Daily Mail - “See it and believe it! The Beeb's thriller about liars now rings true… the new series is instantly much more engaging. This is a six-part series, with each episode focusing on a different character and much of the storyline was given over to setting up their mini-dramas — the neurotic divorcee, the office manager receiving letters from prison and so on. It’s taken a while to get this set-up right, but Ordinary Lies now promises to be clever, rewarding television.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3849954/See-believe-Beeb-s-thriller-liars-rings-true-writes-CHRISTOPHER-STEVENS.html  

 

 

The Times – “This new series looks set to be much stronger because, rather than being based on a single, labored deception, the “ordinary lies” of the title refers more generally to things hidden or unspoken.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ordinary-lies-married-at-first-sight-s55qj9zhq

 

The Times – “it is time to acknowledge that Danny Brocklehurst’s serial is one of the best dramas on television this autumn”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/times2/ordinary-lies-prison-my-parents-and-me-ff72ks8wh

       
     
No Offence - Episode Six

Multi-award winning police drama written by Shameless creator Paul Abbott for Channel 4. I directed episodes four and six of the first series and some of the final episode of the second series.

Nominated BAFTA Award Best Drama Series, winner RTS Award Best Drama.

Guardian – “Paul Abbott’s new comedy police drama No Offence has the makings of an instant hit for Channel 4, launching with 2.5 million viewers, its biggest midweek drama launch for more than three years.”

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/may/06/no-offence-paul-abbott-latest-hit-2-5-million-viewers

Independent – “No Offence is everything Shameless fans could’ve hoped for and more… a gleefully outrageous cop show… an hour of riotously enjoyable television… It's the sort of show that has you spending the first half wondering what the hell's going on, and the second hoping that, whatever it is, will never, ever end.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/reviews/no-offence-channel-4--tv-review-shameless-plus-a-serial-killer-plot-equals-a-gleefully-outrageous-cop-show-10227080.html

Radio Times – “No Offence is an addictive, funny and disturbing cop show with the glorious humanity of Shameless. Paul Abbott's eight-part police series lurches from the comic to the grim, never letting you get too comfortable. And it makes for a thrilling watch.”

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-05-03/no-offence-is-an-addictive-funny-and-disturbing-cop-show-with-the-glorious-humanity-of-shameless

Telegraph - “Filthily funny… No Offence is pacy and provocative, while still emotionally deep enough to make you care.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/tv-and-radio-reviews/11584058/No-Offence-review-filthily-funny.html 

Guardian - "No Offence is bold and rude but not crude. Dark certainly, but also – as you’d expect from Abbott – vibrant, warm, rich and real.”

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/may/06/no-offence-review-paul-abbotts-rude-but-not-crude-un-pc-cop-show 

New Statesman – “No Offence is that rare thing, a truly good comedy drama”

http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2015/05/no-offence-rare-thing-truly-good-comedy-drama

Observer – “Deeply funny”

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/may/10/the-c-word-stranger-on-the-bridge-no-offence-shark-bbc4-goes-slow

Radio Times - “Why we need more bold drama like No Offence to stop mainstream TV being too safe”

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-05-26/why-we-need-more-bold-drama-like-no-offence-to-stop-mainstream-tv-being-too-safe

Independent – “Exhilarating, ballsy and filthily funny… Channel 4’s brilliant new show No Offence is shaking up the police drama”

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/features/how-channel-4s-brilliant-new-show-no-offence-is-shaking-up-the-police-drama-10199433.html

Evening Standard – “Mouthy, cocksure and with verve to spare… No Offence is quite extraordinary because it surpasses the expectations of the police procedural while also delivering drama in Abbott’s signature style. It’s quietly revolutionary but feels entirely natural.”

http://www.standard.co.uk/stayingin/tvfilm/what-to-watch-on-tv-no-offence-penny-dreadful-murder-in-successville-10227044.html

Radio Times - “It's still very unusual to have three women fronting a gritty, funny, intelligent TV drama – and viewers were thrilled. As Joanna Scanlan (The Thick of It), Alexandra Roach (Utopia) and Elaine Cassidy (Harper's Island) solved crimes with the help – and sometimes hindrance – of their male counterparts, Twitter was in awe of the female triumvirate.”

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-05-06/no-offence-guys-but-the-women-are-the-best-thing-about-paul-abbotts-new-police-drama-say-viewers

The Times – “With this new set of brash female detectives, Paul Abbott is presenting a punkish reworking of Scott & Bailey.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/tv-radio/reviews/article4431271.ece

The Mirror – “A worthy successor to Shameless and about time too.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-reviews/no-offence-review-worthy-successor-5642862

Guardian – “Abbott is back with No Offence, where you can see the influence of police procedural from State of Play, the pantomime grotesquery of Shameless, and as always that brilliant ear for the individual voice.”

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/apr/15/paul-abbott-dont-need-damage-to-be-good-writer-no-offence-shameless

Spectator – “Hugely entertaining”

http://www.spectator.co.uk/arts/television/9520802/channel-4s-no-offence-reviewed-hugely-entertaining-and-wildly-unconvincing/

Arts Desk – “There’s been much hullabaloo surrounding the new series from Paul Abbott – and with good reason.”

http://www.theartsdesk.com/tv/no-offence-channel-4

       
     
No Offence - Episode Four

Multi-award winning police drama written by Shameless creator Paul Abbott for Channel 4. I directed episodes four and six of the first series and some of the final episode of the second series.

Nominated BAFTA Award Best Drama Series, winner RTS Award Best Drama.

Guardian – “Paul Abbott’s new comedy police drama No Offence has the makings of an instant hit for Channel 4, launching with 2.5 million viewers, its biggest midweek drama launch for more than three years.”

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/may/06/no-offence-paul-abbott-latest-hit-2-5-million-viewers

Independent – “No Offence is everything Shameless fans could’ve hoped for and more… a gleefully outrageous cop show… an hour of riotously enjoyable television… It's the sort of show that has you spending the first half wondering what the hell's going on, and the second hoping that, whatever it is, will never, ever end.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/reviews/no-offence-channel-4--tv-review-shameless-plus-a-serial-killer-plot-equals-a-gleefully-outrageous-cop-show-10227080.html

Radio Times – “No Offence is an addictive, funny and disturbing cop show with the glorious humanity of Shameless. Paul Abbott's eight-part police series lurches from the comic to the grim, never letting you get too comfortable. And it makes for a thrilling watch.”

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-05-03/no-offence-is-an-addictive-funny-and-disturbing-cop-show-with-the-glorious-humanity-of-shameless

Telegraph - “Filthily funny… No Offence is pacy and provocative, while still emotionally deep enough to make you care.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/tv-and-radio-reviews/11584058/No-Offence-review-filthily-funny.html 

Guardian - "No Offence is bold and rude but not crude. Dark certainly, but also – as you’d expect from Abbott – vibrant, warm, rich and real.”

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/may/06/no-offence-review-paul-abbotts-rude-but-not-crude-un-pc-cop-show 

New Statesman – “No Offence is that rare thing, a truly good comedy drama”

http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2015/05/no-offence-rare-thing-truly-good-comedy-drama

Observer – “Deeply funny”

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/may/10/the-c-word-stranger-on-the-bridge-no-offence-shark-bbc4-goes-slow

Radio Times - “Why we need more bold drama like No Offence to stop mainstream TV being too safe”

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-05-26/why-we-need-more-bold-drama-like-no-offence-to-stop-mainstream-tv-being-too-safe

Independent – “Exhilarating, ballsy and filthily funny… Channel 4’s brilliant new show No Offence is shaking up the police drama”

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/features/how-channel-4s-brilliant-new-show-no-offence-is-shaking-up-the-police-drama-10199433.html

Evening Standard – “Mouthy, cocksure and with verve to spare… No Offence is quite extraordinary because it surpasses the expectations of the police procedural while also delivering drama in Abbott’s signature style. It’s quietly revolutionary but feels entirely natural.”

http://www.standard.co.uk/stayingin/tvfilm/what-to-watch-on-tv-no-offence-penny-dreadful-murder-in-successville-10227044.html

Radio Times - “It's still very unusual to have three women fronting a gritty, funny, intelligent TV drama – and viewers were thrilled. As Joanna Scanlan (The Thick of It), Alexandra Roach (Utopia) and Elaine Cassidy (Harper's Island) solved crimes with the help – and sometimes hindrance – of their male counterparts, Twitter was in awe of the female triumvirate.”

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-05-06/no-offence-guys-but-the-women-are-the-best-thing-about-paul-abbotts-new-police-drama-say-viewers

The Times – “With this new set of brash female detectives, Paul Abbott is presenting a punkish reworking of Scott & Bailey.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/tv-radio/reviews/article4431271.ece

The Mirror – “A worthy successor to Shameless and about time too.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-reviews/no-offence-review-worthy-successor-5642862

Guardian – “Abbott is back with No Offence, where you can see the influence of police procedural from State of Play, the pantomime grotesquery of Shameless, and as always that brilliant ear for the individual voice.”

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/apr/15/paul-abbott-dont-need-damage-to-be-good-writer-no-offence-shameless

Spectator – “Hugely entertaining”

http://www.spectator.co.uk/arts/television/9520802/channel-4s-no-offence-reviewed-hugely-entertaining-and-wildly-unconvincing/

Arts Desk – “There’s been much hullabaloo surrounding the new series from Paul Abbott – and with good reason.”

http://www.theartsdesk.com/tv/no-offence-channel-4

       
     
La La Land - Sizzle Reel

A Showtime Original Series. Writer, director and EP. Starring Marc Wootton as wannabe documentary maker Brendan, celebrity psychic Shirley and cab driver turner actor Gary, the show charts their adventures in the underbelly of Los Angeles.

Awards

Rose D'Or - Nominated Best Comedy

“It’s perfectly acted, cushion-bitingly awkward and, above all, very funny.”

Tim Arthur, Time Out 

“The show that starts out innocently enough and soon accelerates to the point where you can scarcely believe what is taking place. Genius.”

Ali Caterral, The Guardian

“It’s genuinely funny.”

Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

“Frequently astonishing… extremely funny… terrifyingly good.”

Radio Times

“Beautifully conceived… gloriously silly and devastatingly funny.”

Word

“La La Land is a genius idea, brilliantly executed.”

The Daily Mirror

“The world of celebrity exposed in all its horrendous glory.”

GQ

“Comedian Marc Wootton, a more complicated, more perverse and arguably just as brilliant version of Sacha Baron Cohen, lands in Los Angeles armed with three tenacious alter egos poised to grab the zeitgeist by its skinny throat and choke the life out of it… La La Land may be the single funniest thing I've seen on TV in the past year.”

Heather Havrilesky, Salon.com

       
     
Hoff the Record - Pilot

Presentation pilot I developed, wrote and directed, which became the International Emmy winning comedy series Hoff The Record.

       
     
My New Best Friend, Clip "Grand Old Duke Of York"

“Wonderful… it’s genius”

The Guardian

“Brilliant… transcends TV to become an important document of our times”

Barbara Ellen, The Observer

WINNER - Rose D’Or

WINNER - Best New Comedy, British Comedy Awards

WINNER - Comedy Series, Chicago Television Festival

NOMINATED - Comedy, Indie Awards

NOMINATED - Comedy performance, RTS Awards

 

 

 

  

       
     
Stanley Park, BBC/Lionsgate Pilot, Clip "Walk Of Shame"

Leo Richardson's comedy drama pilot for Lionsgate and BBC Three.

       
     
Fortune Favours The Bold

Comedy presentation pilot starring Marc Wootton that goes behind the scenes on the lives of the global elite.

       
     
Pramface, Clip "Mike meets Jess"

Lead director on the second season of the hit BBC dramedy.

"Pramface: the one teen parenting TV programme to watch.

Like the film Juno, Pramface portrays real teen parenthood, and is a must-watch for anyone who wants to know what it's really like to be a young mother. The reason for this is because it doesn’t seem to have an agenda; its not a cautionary tale, it doesn’t make you feel smug that your life is not as bad as theirs, and it doesn’t attempt to monitor or dissect anyone’s character or morals. Its only goal is to be funny – and not the funny where middle-class men dress up as a stereotype in an effort to mock the working class, but a less divisive kind of humour. And, in my opinion, it works."

The Telegraph

“This strongly cast and promising comedy returns for a second series, with two families preparing for a baptism of ire… High-quality comedy drama.”

John Dugdale, The Sunday Times

"Scarlett Alice Johnson plays the frazzled new mum with aplomb."

The Daily Mail  

This fab comedy returns for a second series.”

Closer

“Pramface is excellent.”

Kevin O’Sullivan, Sunday Mirror

"Impressive comedy about young parents." *****

Boyd Hilton, Heat

       
     
Pramface, Clip "The In Laws"

Lead director on the second season of the hit BBC dramedy.

"Pramface: the one teen parenting TV programme to watch.

Like the film Juno, Pramface portrays real teen parenthood, and is a must-watch for anyone who wants to know what it's really like to be a young mother. The reason for this is because it doesn’t seem to have an agenda; its not a cautionary tale, it doesn’t make you feel smug that your life is not as bad as theirs, and it doesn’t attempt to monitor or dissect anyone’s character or morals. Its only goal is to be funny – and not the funny where middle-class men dress up as a stereotype in an effort to mock the working class, but a less divisive kind of humour. And, in my opinion, it works."

The Telegraph

“This strongly cast and promising comedy returns for a second series, with two families preparing for a baptism of ire… High-quality comedy drama.”

John Dugdale, The Sunday Times

"Scarlett Alice Johnson plays the frazzled new mum with aplomb."

The Daily Mail  

This fab comedy returns for a second series.”

Closer

“Pramface is excellent.”

Kevin O’Sullivan, Sunday Mirror

"Impressive comedy about young parents." *****

Boyd Hilton, Heat

       
     
Ordinary Lies Episode Four, Clip "ABBA"
       
     
Lucky Country, Clip "Sue & David"

Comedy presentation pilot starring Marc Wootton and Julia Davis.

       
     
Lucky Country, Clip "Fiona and Hilary"

Comedy presentation pilot starring Marc Wootton and Julia Davis.

       
     
Excluded, Clip "First Day"

One-off drama for BBC Two about a new teacher and troubled pupil trying to connect.

It really seems real, because of utterly convincing performances… The classroom scenes have such an authenticity about them that I really thought I was there, torn between feeling Mr Bately’s discomfort and frustration and wanting to throw things at him when his back was turned (then being weirdly won over and fascinated by his linear equations too). And the kid who plays Mark (George Whitehead) is brilliant, doing rage and defiance and hurt all at once – an extraordinary performance. It’s all brilliant – immediate, tense, funny, sad, touching, relevant. If you missed it, go and stand at the back of the room. Or, alternatively, go and watch it on iPlayer.”

Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

 “An outstanding drama… top marks, as I couldn’t help myself murmuring.”

Phil Hogan, The Observer

"Worthy but far from dull, you will be entirely riveted throughout. Making his screen debut as troubled Mark, George Whitehead is a revelation."

The Daily Mail  

So why was Excluded so much better than Waterloo Road? Well, first of all, the acting, which had far fewer meaningful looks, double takes and general business than you get in whole evenings of prime-time.”

Andrew Billen, The Times

“Within a single hour this story of a struggling boy in a struggling school told us more about the state of the nation’s education than a hundred worthy documentaries.”

Keith Watson, Metro

"a thoughtful, slow-burn kind of storytelling that brings a skilled hand to the tale of a surly pupil and the teacher who tries to connect with him... the circumstances are beautifully sketched and horribly convincing... deftly played... it's subtle, touching and feels as though it could be unfolding right now at a school near you."

Radio TImes

"a candid glimpse into life at an urban comprehensive... that the film is partly improvised lends it authenticity and its tone ranges from bleak to uplifting without getting sentimental. Full marks." *****

TV Times

       
     
Pramface, Clip "Baptism 101"

Lead director on the second season of the hit BBC dramedy.

"Pramface: the one teen parenting TV programme to watch.

Like the film Juno, Pramface portrays real teen parenthood, and is a must-watch for anyone who wants to know what it's really like to be a young mother. The reason for this is because it doesn’t seem to have an agenda; its not a cautionary tale, it doesn’t make you feel smug that your life is not as bad as theirs, and it doesn’t attempt to monitor or dissect anyone’s character or morals. Its only goal is to be funny – and not the funny where middle-class men dress up as a stereotype in an effort to mock the working class, but a less divisive kind of humour. And, in my opinion, it works."

The Telegraph

“This strongly cast and promising comedy returns for a second series, with two families preparing for a baptism of ire… High-quality comedy drama.”

John Dugdale, The Sunday Times

"Scarlett Alice Johnson plays the frazzled new mum with aplomb."

The Daily Mail  

This fab comedy returns for a second series.”

Closer

“Pramface is excellent.”

Kevin O’Sullivan, Sunday Mirror

"Impressive comedy about young parents." *****

Boyd Hilton, Heat

       
     
Excluded, Clip "Chair"

One-off drama for BBC Two about a new teacher and troubled pupil trying to connect.

It really seems real, because of utterly convincing performances… The classroom scenes have such an authenticity about them that I really thought I was there, torn between feeling Mr Bately’s discomfort and frustration and wanting to throw things at him when his back was turned (then being weirdly won over and fascinated by his linear equations too). And the kid who plays Mark (George Whitehead) is brilliant, doing rage and defiance and hurt all at once – an extraordinary performance. It’s all brilliant – immediate, tense, funny, sad, touching, relevant. If you missed it, go and stand at the back of the room. Or, alternatively, go and watch it on iPlayer.”

Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

 “An outstanding drama… top marks, as I couldn’t help myself murmuring.”

Phil Hogan, The Observer

"Worthy but far from dull, you will be entirely riveted throughout. Making his screen debut as troubled Mark, George Whitehead is a revelation."

The Daily Mail  

So why was Excluded so much better than Waterloo Road? Well, first of all, the acting, which had far fewer meaningful looks, double takes and general business than you get in whole evenings of prime-time.”

Andrew Billen, The Times

“Within a single hour this story of a struggling boy in a struggling school told us more about the state of the nation’s education than a hundred worthy documentaries.”

Keith Watson, Metro

"a thoughtful, slow-burn kind of storytelling that brings a skilled hand to the tale of a surly pupil and the teacher who tries to connect with him... the circumstances are beautifully sketched and horribly convincing... deftly played... it's subtle, touching and feels as though it could be unfolding right now at a school near you."

Radio TImes

"a candid glimpse into life at an urban comprehensive... that the film is partly improvised lends it authenticity and its tone ranges from bleak to uplifting without getting sentimental. Full marks." *****

TV Times

       
     
Pramface, Clip "Just Like Mummy"

Lead director on the second season of the hit BBC dramedy.

"Pramface: the one teen parenting TV programme to watch.

Like the film Juno, Pramface portrays real teen parenthood, and is a must-watch for anyone who wants to know what it's really like to be a young mother. The reason for this is because it doesn’t seem to have an agenda; its not a cautionary tale, it doesn’t make you feel smug that your life is not as bad as theirs, and it doesn’t attempt to monitor or dissect anyone’s character or morals. Its only goal is to be funny – and not the funny where middle-class men dress up as a stereotype in an effort to mock the working class, but a less divisive kind of humour. And, in my opinion, it works."

The Telegraph

“This strongly cast and promising comedy returns for a second series, with two families preparing for a baptism of ire… High-quality comedy drama.”

John Dugdale, The Sunday Times

"Scarlett Alice Johnson plays the frazzled new mum with aplomb."

The Daily Mail  

This fab comedy returns for a second series.”

Closer

“Pramface is excellent.”

Kevin O’Sullivan, Sunday Mirror

"Things I enjoyed most about BBC3’s returning comedy Pramface. 1. Scarlett Alice Johnson’s ongoing transformation into fine comic actress. 2. The fact that Angus Deayton was happy to walk around in his boxer shorts. "

Ian Hyland, The Mail on Sunday

"Impressive comedy about young parents." *****

Boyd Hilton, Heat

       
     
Lucky Country, Clip "Carolyn & George"

Comedy presentation pilot starring Marc Wootton and Julia Davis.

       
     
Lucky Country, Clip "Intro"

Comedy presentation pilot starring Marc Wootton and Julia Davis.

       
     
Google Analytics - Online Checkout In Real Life

Selected for the "APA 50", the annual list of the world's 50 best commercials.

Shortlisted for Cannes Lions, Best Branded Film

Winner, Gold Award, Shots Awards, Best Branded Content

Winner, Gold Award, IVCA Awards, Best Commercial

Winner Webby Award

       
     
Google Analytics - Milk
       
     
Clic Sargent - One of the Gang

Commercial for teenage cancer charity Clic Sargent.

Awards

New York Festivals - First Prize in Film Craft: Acting

http://advertising.newyorkfestivals.com/winners/17080/ 

David Reviews said about it:

"

This beautifully observed film publicising a worthy initiative by the charity CLIC Sargent portrays a playground scene with remarkable authenticity. A group of lads are exchanging banter typical of boys their age when one of them reveals that a friend of his - alone on the other side of the playground - is suffering from cancer.

This provokes an interesting response from

the young man who is the clear leader of the group and it's a response that initially creates unease - is he about to humiliate the loner or mock him for his predicament?

Director Misha Manson-Smith and creative director Russ Schaller at Havas have conjured a film that reminds us that cancer sufferers should not be defined by their disease. Our tendency to do this must make the burden of cancer all the harder to bear - especially among teenagers - and the 'joke appeal' initiative is a wonderful way of taking on the disease's stigma.

When he spoke to DAVID about this project, Manson-Smith revealed that only one of the boys in the film had any professional acting experience but that they'd all connected with the material and had worked together to create authentic playground banter.

Like Frank Budgen's Cancer Research film last year, this film has a sparky attitude that challenges our idea of cancer and is an important contribution to a more positive approach being adopted across the board.

Instead of wondering whether we'll defeat cancer by discovering some kind of medicinal panacea, we're starting to recognise that the battle is already being fought in hospital wards up and down the country. And very often it's being won. It's passé to respond to the news that someone's suffering from the disease by wondering how long they've got left to live and - instead - we should recognise that the majority of people diagnosed with cancer are more interested in how they are going to recover.

Manson-Smith's film encourages teenagers to make sure they're not excluding their peers if they find themselves isolated by other people's fears of cancer but - rather wonderfully - it doesn't want them to be treated with kid gloves either.  

 

       
     
Ordinary Lies Episode Two, Clip "Cat"

"Many rushed to social media to comment on the shocking scene and question the fate of the cat."

http://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/725249/Ordinary-Lies-viewers-uproar-Holly-crushes-cat-in-doorway

       
     
eToro - Barber
       
     
Ordinary Lies Episode One, Clip "Smoking"
       
     
No Offence Series Two, Episode Seven, Clip "In the Cell"
       
     
No Offence Series Two, Episode Seven, Clip "Bomb Vest"
       
     
Ordinary Lies Episode One, Clip "Laptop"
       
     
No Offence Series Two, Episode Seven, Clip "Bomb Vest 2"
       
     
Excluded - Complete Film

One-off drama for BBC Two about a new teacher and troubled pupil trying to connect.

It really seems real, because of utterly convincing performances… The classroom scenes have such an authenticity about them that I really thought I was there, torn between feeling Mr Bately’s discomfort and frustration and wanting to throw things at him when his back was turned (then being weirdly won over and fascinated by his linear equations too). And the kid who plays Mark (George Whitehead) is brilliant, doing rage and defiance and hurt all at once – an extraordinary performance. It’s all brilliant – immediate, tense, funny, sad, touching, relevant. If you missed it, go and stand at the back of the room. Or, alternatively, go and watch it on iPlayer.”

Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

 “An outstanding drama… top marks, as I couldn’t help myself murmuring.”

Phil Hogan, The Observer

"Worthy but far from dull, you will be entirely riveted throughout. Making his screen debut as troubled Mark, George Whitehead is a revelation."

The Daily Mail  

So why was Excluded so much better than Waterloo Road? Well, first of all, the acting, which had far fewer meaningful looks, double takes and general business than you get in whole evenings of prime-time.”

Andrew Billen, The Times

“Within a single hour this story of a struggling boy in a struggling school told us more about the state of the nation’s education than a hundred worthy documentaries.”

Keith Watson, Metro

"a thoughtful, slow-burn kind of storytelling that brings a skilled hand to the tale of a surly pupil and the teacher who tries to connect with him... the circumstances are beautifully sketched and horribly convincing... deftly played... it's subtle, touching and feels as though it could be unfolding right now at a school near you."

Radio TImes

"a candid glimpse into life at an urban comprehensive... that the film is partly improvised lends it authenticity and its tone ranges from bleak to uplifting without getting sentimental. Full marks." *****

TV Times

       
     
La La Land - Episode One

A Showtime Original Series. Writer, director and EP. Starring Marc Wootton as wannabe documentary maker Brendan, celebrity psychic Shirley and cab driver turner actor Gary, the show charts their adventures in the underbelly of Los Angeles.

Awards

Rose D'Or - Nominated Best Comedy

“It’s perfectly acted, cushion-bitingly awkward and, above all, very funny.”

Tim Arthur, Time Out 

“The show that starts out innocently enough and soon accelerates to the point where you can scarcely believe what is taking place. Genius.”

Ali Caterral, The Guardian

“It’s genuinely funny.”

Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

“Frequently astonishing… extremely funny… terrifyingly good.”

Radio Times

“Beautifully conceived… gloriously silly and devastatingly funny.”

Word

“La La Land is a genius idea, brilliantly executed.”

The Daily Mirror

“The world of celebrity exposed in all its horrendous glory.”

GQ

“Comedian Marc Wootton, a more complicated, more perverse and arguably just as brilliant version of Sacha Baron Cohen, lands in Los Angeles armed with three tenacious alter egos poised to grab the zeitgeist by its skinny throat and choke the life out of it… La La Land may be the single funniest thing I've seen on TV in the past year.”

Heather Havrilesky, Salon.com

       
     
Fosters Ident "Farmer"
       
     
Ordinary Lies Episode One, Clip "Girl Next Door"
       
     
La La Land - Episode Two

A Showtime Original Series. Writer, director and EP. Starring Marc Wootton as wannabe documentary maker Brendan, celebrity psychic Shirley and cab driver turner actor Gary, the show charts their adventures in the underbelly of Los Angeles.

Awards

Rose D'Or - Nominated Best Comedy

“It’s perfectly acted, cushion-bitingly awkward and, above all, very funny.”

Tim Arthur, Time Out 

“The show that starts out innocently enough and soon accelerates to the point where you can scarcely believe what is taking place. Genius.”

Ali Caterral, The Guardian

“It’s genuinely funny.”

Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

“Frequently astonishing… extremely funny… terrifyingly good.”

Radio Times

“Beautifully conceived… gloriously silly and devastatingly funny.”

Word

“La La Land is a genius idea, brilliantly executed.”

The Daily Mirror

“The world of celebrity exposed in all its horrendous glory.”

GQ

“Comedian Marc Wootton, a more complicated, more perverse and arguably just as brilliant version of Sacha Baron Cohen, lands in Los Angeles armed with three tenacious alter egos poised to grab the zeitgeist by its skinny throat and choke the life out of it… La La Land may be the single funniest thing I've seen on TV in the past year.”

Heather Havrilesky, Salon.com

       
     
La La Land - Episode Four

A Showtime Original Series. Writer, director and EP. Starring Marc Wootton as wannabe documentary maker Brendan, celebrity psychic Shirley and cab driver turner actor Gary, the show charts their adventures in the underbelly of Los Angeles.

Awards

Rose D'Or - Nominated Best Comedy

“It’s perfectly acted, cushion-bitingly awkward and, above all, very funny.”

Tim Arthur, Time Out 

“The show that starts out innocently enough and soon accelerates to the point where you can scarcely believe what is taking place. Genius.”

Ali Caterral, The Guardian

“It’s genuinely funny.”

Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

“Frequently astonishing… extremely funny… terrifyingly good.”

Radio Times

“Beautifully conceived… gloriously silly and devastatingly funny.”

Word

“La La Land is a genius idea, brilliantly executed.”

The Daily Mirror

“The world of celebrity exposed in all its horrendous glory.”

GQ

“Comedian Marc Wootton, a more complicated, more perverse and arguably just as brilliant version of Sacha Baron Cohen, lands in Los Angeles armed with three tenacious alter egos poised to grab the zeitgeist by its skinny throat and choke the life out of it… La La Land may be the single funniest thing I've seen on TV in the past year.”

Heather Havrilesky, Salon.com

       
     
La La Land - Episode Five

A Showtime Original Series. Writer, director and EP. Starring Marc Wootton as wannabe documentary maker Brendan, celebrity psychic Shirley and cab driver turner actor Gary, the show charts their adventures in the underbelly of Los Angeles.

Awards

Rose D'Or - Nominated Best Comedy

“It’s perfectly acted, cushion-bitingly awkward and, above all, very funny.”

Tim Arthur, Time Out 

“The show that starts out innocently enough and soon accelerates to the point where you can scarcely believe what is taking place. Genius.”

Ali Caterral, The Guardian

“It’s genuinely funny.”

Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

“Frequently astonishing… extremely funny… terrifyingly good.”

Radio Times

“Beautifully conceived… gloriously silly and devastatingly funny.”

Word

“La La Land is a genius idea, brilliantly executed.”

The Daily Mirror

“The world of celebrity exposed in all its horrendous glory.”

GQ

“Comedian Marc Wootton, a more complicated, more perverse and arguably just as brilliant version of Sacha Baron Cohen, lands in Los Angeles armed with three tenacious alter egos poised to grab the zeitgeist by its skinny throat and choke the life out of it… La La Land may be the single funniest thing I've seen on TV in the past year.”

Heather Havrilesky, Salon.com

       
     
La La Land - Episode Three

A Showtime Original Series. Writer, director and EP. Starring Marc Wootton as wannabe documentary maker Brendan, celebrity psychic Shirley and cab driver turner actor Gary, the show charts their adventures in the underbelly of Los Angeles.

Awards

Rose D'Or - Nominated Best Comedy

“It’s perfectly acted, cushion-bitingly awkward and, above all, very funny.”

Tim Arthur, Time Out 

“The show that starts out innocently enough and soon accelerates to the point where you can scarcely believe what is taking place. Genius.”

Ali Caterral, The Guardian

“It’s genuinely funny.”

Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

“Frequently astonishing… extremely funny… terrifyingly good.”

Radio Times

“Beautifully conceived… gloriously silly and devastatingly funny.”

Word

“La La Land is a genius idea, brilliantly executed.”

The Daily Mirror

“The world of celebrity exposed in all its horrendous glory.”

GQ

“Comedian Marc Wootton, a more complicated, more perverse and arguably just as brilliant version of Sacha Baron Cohen, lands in Los Angeles armed with three tenacious alter egos poised to grab the zeitgeist by its skinny throat and choke the life out of it… La La Land may be the single funniest thing I've seen on TV in the past year.”

Heather Havrilesky, Salon.com

       
     
High Spirits With Shirley Ghostman, Clip "The Prof"

I was nominated for the BAFTA Breakthrough Talent Award for directing this six part series for BBC Three.

“Excruciatingly brilliant”

The Sun

 “Very, very funny”

The Guardian

“Merciless and extremely funny”

The Independent

“A blast of fresh air and hilarity in an arena that is ripe for satire”

The Hollywood Reporter

“This is what they call in the business ‘piss-pants’ funny”

The Daily Mirror

       
     
La La Land - Episode Six

A Showtime Original Series. Writer, director and EP. Starring Marc Wootton as wannabe documentary maker Brendan, celebrity psychic Shirley and cab driver turner actor Gary, the show charts their adventures in the underbelly of Los Angeles.

Awards

Rose D'Or - Nominated Best Comedy

“It’s perfectly acted, cushion-bitingly awkward and, above all, very funny.”

Tim Arthur, Time Out 

“The show that starts out innocently enough and soon accelerates to the point where you can scarcely believe what is taking place. Genius.”

Ali Caterral, The Guardian

“It’s genuinely funny.”

Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

“Frequently astonishing… extremely funny… terrifyingly good.”

Radio Times

“Beautifully conceived… gloriously silly and devastatingly funny.”

Word

“La La Land is a genius idea, brilliantly executed.”

The Daily Mirror

“The world of celebrity exposed in all its horrendous glory.”

GQ

“Comedian Marc Wootton, a more complicated, more perverse and arguably just as brilliant version of Sacha Baron Cohen, lands in Los Angeles armed with three tenacious alter egos poised to grab the zeitgeist by its skinny throat and choke the life out of it… La La Land may be the single funniest thing I've seen on TV in the past year.”

Heather Havrilesky, Salon.com

       
     
My New Best Friend - Episode One "Stevie & Tim"

“Wonderful… it’s genius”

The Guardian

“Brilliant… transcends TV to become an important document of our times”

Barbara Ellen, The Observer

WINNER - Rose D’Or

WINNER - Best New Comedy, British Comedy Awards

WINNER - Comedy Series, Chicago Television Festival

NOMINATED - Comedy, Indie Awards

NOMINATED - Comedy performance, RTS Awards

 

 

 

  

       
     
My New Best Friend, Clip "Gary"

“Wonderful… it’s genius”

The Guardian

“Brilliant… transcends TV to become an important document of our times”

Barbara Ellen, The Observer

WINNER - Rose D’Or

WINNER - Best New Comedy, British Comedy Awards

WINNER - Comedy Series, Chicago Television Festival

NOMINATED - Comedy, Indie Awards

NOMINATED - Comedy performance, RTS Awards

 

 

 

  

       
     
Delta Forever, Clip "Daniel Radcliffe"

Creator and director of this BAFTA Nominated comedy pilot for BBC Three about the super fans of a series of cult novels. Brilliant young cast who've all gone on to great things including Daniel Kaluuya, Greg McHugh, Jonny Sweet, Ophelia Lovibond, Antonia Campbell-Hughes and Alex MacQueen.

Hats off to Manson-Smith… This comedy-drama about a group of fans obsessed with the Delta Dempsey novels – which sound like a combination of Harry Potter and Buffy – makes for sweet, funny viewing with great potential for a series”

Gareth Maclean, The Guardian

“Refreshingly original and constantly amusing, engaging and charming... has the makings of a very big hit”

The Stage

“This affectionate spoof stars Antonia Campbell-Hughes as a sardonic blogger roped in by the makers of the spin-off movie to pull in an audience of fans for a trial screening. Light, fast and funny, it boasts a strong cast and some excellent, immediately recognizable characters. Overall, it sits comfortably between Gavin and Stacey and Skins.”

Gabrielle Starkey, The Times

 

       
     
High Spirits With Shirley Ghostman, Clip "Polo Neck"

I was nominated for the BAFTA Breakthrough Talent Award for directing this six part series for BBC Three.

“Excruciatingly brilliant”

The Sun

 “Very, very funny”

The Guardian

“Merciless and extremely funny”

The Independent

“A blast of fresh air and hilarity in an arena that is ripe for satire”

The Hollywood Reporter

“This is what they call in the business ‘piss-pants’ funny”

The Daily Mirror

       
     
La La Land, Clip "Gary Ribs Story pt1"

A Showtime Original Series. Writer, director and EP. Starring Marc Wootton as wannabe documentary maker Brendan, celebrity psychic Shirley and cab driver turner actor Gary, the show charts their adventures in the underbelly of Los Angeles.

Awards

Rose D'Or - Nominated Best Comedy

“It’s perfectly acted, cushion-bitingly awkward and, above all, very funny.”

Tim Arthur, Time Out 

“The show that starts out innocently enough and soon accelerates to the point where you can scarcely believe what is taking place. Genius.”

Ali Caterral, The Guardian

“It’s genuinely funny.”

Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

“Frequently astonishing… extremely funny… terrifyingly good.”

Radio Times

“Beautifully conceived… gloriously silly and devastatingly funny.”

Word

“La La Land is a genius idea, brilliantly executed.”

The Daily Mirror

“The world of celebrity exposed in all its horrendous glory.”

GQ

“Comedian Marc Wootton, a more complicated, more perverse and arguably just as brilliant version of Sacha Baron Cohen, lands in Los Angeles armed with three tenacious alter egos poised to grab the zeitgeist by its skinny throat and choke the life out of it… La La Land may be the single funniest thing I've seen on TV in the past year.”

Heather Havrilesky, Salon.com

       
     
No Offence Episode Four, Clip "Face Off"
       
     
Fosters Ident "Yes Mate"
       
     
Ordinary Lies Episode One, Clip "Warehouse"
       
     
No Offence Episode Six, Clip "Mercy's Yard"
       
     
Ordinary Lies Episode Two, Clip "Lunch"
       
     
Ordinary Lies Episode Two, Clip "Stalking"
       
     
Ordinary Lies Episode Four, Clip "Tonight"

 

 

 

       
     
Ordinary Lies Episode Four, Clip "Cops"
       
     
High Spirits With Shirley Ghostman, Clip "Mr Unit"

I was nominated for the BAFTA Breakthrough Talent Award for directing this six part series for BBC Three.

“Excruciatingly brilliant”

The Sun

 “Very, very funny”

The Guardian

“Merciless and extremely funny”

The Independent

“A blast of fresh air and hilarity in an arena that is ripe for satire”

The Hollywood Reporter

“This is what they call in the business ‘piss-pants’ funny”

The Daily Mirror

       
     
Fosters Ident "Pigeons"
       
     
Fosters Ident "Mobility"
       
     
Delta Forever, Clip "Toilet"

Creator and director of this BAFTA Nominated comedy pilot for BBC Three about the super fans of a series of cult novels. Brilliant young cast who've all gone on to great things including Daniel Kaluuya, Greg McHugh, Jonny Sweet, Ophelia Lovibond, Antonia Campbell-Hughes and Alex MacQueen.

Hats off to Manson-Smith… This comedy-drama about a group of fans obsessed with the Delta Dempsey novels – which sound like a combination of Harry Potter and Buffy – makes for sweet, funny viewing with great potential for a series”

Gareth Maclean, The Guardian

“Refreshingly original and constantly amusing, engaging and charming... has the makings of a very big hit”

The Stage

“This affectionate spoof stars Antonia Campbell-Hughes as a sardonic blogger roped in by the makers of the spin-off movie to pull in an audience of fans for a trial screening. Light, fast and funny, it boasts a strong cast and some excellent, immediately recognizable characters. Overall, it sits comfortably between Gavin and Stacey and Skins.”

Gabrielle Starkey, The Times

 

 

       
     
Excluded, Clip "Art is Shit"
       
     
Delta Forever, Clip "Guantanamo Ray"

Creator and director of this BAFTA Nominated comedy pilot for BBC Three about the super fans of a series of cult novels. Brilliant young cast who've all gone on to great things including Daniel Kaluuya, Greg McHugh, Jonny Sweet, Ophelia Lovibond, Antonia Campbell-Hughes and Alex MacQueen.