Annie Griffin

Playwright, comedy writer, director and producer for television and film

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Biography

Annie Griffin is a writer and director whose comedy talent was behind Channel 4's smash hit show, The Book Group, for which she won an Indy Comedy Award and was nominated for two British Comedy Awards. She occasionally appears in her own shows, and has accompanied her stage productions across the globe. 

Many of her productions have appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, her experiences of which were immortalised in her comedy feature film, Festival, which earned her the British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Film at the British Comedy Awards 2005 and the Best Debut Director Award at the British Independent Film Awards.

Annie is currently working on a new comedy series for Tiger Aspect and BBC 3, Together, written by Jonny Sweet.


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TV

Director

Together
6 x 30'
Writer Jonny Sweet
 

Comedy series

Tiger Aspect for BBC3
In development
 
Producer Owen Bell
Writer Neil Forsyth
Starring
  • Brian Cox
  • Jonathan Watson
  • Greg McHugh
  • John Buick
  •  

    Comedy starring Brian Cox as the eponymous Bob Servant who is standing as a candidate in a local by-election.

    BBC Scotland for BBC4
     
    Fresh Meat: Series 1
    Winner: Best New Comedy, British Comedy Awards
    2 x 45'
    Producer Judy Counihan
    Writer Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong
    Starring
  • Zawe Ashton
  • Kimberley Nixon
  • Joe Thomas
  • Jack Whitehall
  • Charlotte Ritchie
  •  

    Comedy about a group of university students

    Objective Productions for Channel4
     
    Art School
    1 x 30'
     
    30' documentary about Glasgow School of Art for Channel 4
    Channel 4
     

    Writer & Director

     

    Improvised comedy show with Nick Ball

    Hat Trick for Channel 4
    In development
     
     
    10' documentary for Channel 4's Tribetime
    Channel 4
     
     
    30' documentary about MTV Europe for BBC 2's Picture This strand
    BBC 2
     
     
    16mm, 5 x 1' drama shorts for MTV Europe
    MTV Europe
     
     
    16mm, 5 x 1' drama shorts for MTV Europe
    MTV Europe
     
    Fresh Meat: Series 2
    Winner: Best British TV Comedy Drama, British Comedy Awards
    4 x 60'
    Creator Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong
    Producer Judy Counihan
    Starring
  • Charlotte Ritchie
  • Jack Whitehall
  • Zawe Ashton
  • Kimberley Nixon
  • Joe Thomas
  •  

    Second series of the comedy drama set at a university

    Objective Productions for Channel 4
     

    Producer

    Writer & Director & Creator

    Rubenesque
    1 x 60'
    Producer Jemma Rodgers
    Starring
  • Freema Agyeman
  • Daniela Nardini
  • Dylan Moran
  • Gemma Fay
  •  

    The story of a female football referee who becomes a plus-size model


    Pirate Productions and Kudos Film and Television for Sky
     
    New Town
    1 x 60'
    Producer Jemma Rodgers
    Starring
  • Mark Gatiss
  • Max Bremer
  • Rose Leslie
  •  
    Original series about a pair of ruthless estate agents in Edinburgh
    BBC Scotland for BBC2
     
    Producer Derrin Schlesinger
    Starring
  • Michelle Gomez
  • Bonnie Engstrom
  • Anne Dudek
  • James Lance
  • Derek Riddell
  •  
    Second series of the sitcom about a book group
    Pirate Productions for Channel 4
     
    The Book Group: Series 1
    Winner: Best Comedy, BAFTA Scotland
    6 x 30'
    Producer Anita Overland
    Starring
  • Anne Dudek
  • Michelle Gomez
  • Derek Riddell
  • James Lance
  • Rory McCann
  •  
    Sitcom about an American woman who sets up a book club when she moves to Glasgow
    Pirate Productions for Channel 4
     
    Coming Soon
    Nominated: Best Comedy, RTS Awards
    3 x 60'
    Producer Anne Campeau
    Starring
  • David Walliams
  • Vicki Pepperdine
  • Joanna Scanlan
  • Ben Miller
  • Julia Davis
  •  

    Comedy about a Scottish theatre group

    Pirate Productions for Channel 4
     

    Writer & Creator

     

    Comedy drama about a performance artist

    Pirate Productions for Channel 4
    In development
     

    Writer & Director & Producer

    Starring
  • Paul Kaye
  • Dennis Pennis
  •  
    Drama documentary about top female gamblers and women who work in casinos for the Channel 4  Women at Play strand
    Pirate Productions for Channel 4
     
    Starring
  • Paul Kaye
  • David Walliams
  •  
    Scripted spoof documentary for the Channel 4 Seven Sins strand
    Pirate Productions for Channel 4
     

    Film

    Writer & Director

    Festival
    Winner: Best Debut Director, British Independent Film Awards
    Feature
    Producer Chris Young
    Starring
  • Daniela Nardini
  • Chris O'Dowd
  • Stephen Mangan
  •  
    Black comedy set during the course of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
    Pathe
    Film 4
     
    Out of Reach
    Winner: Bronze Dragon, Krakow Film Festival 1995
    1 x 24'
    Short
     
    16mm, 26' documentary, Arts Council/Channel 4 Experimental scheme
    Channel 4

    Channel 4
     
    Was She There
    Winner of Best International Short Film at the Cork Film Festival 1996
    Short
     
    20' drama documentary, made as part of the British Film Institute New Directors Scheme

     
    Pet Shop Boys: Somewhere
    Winner: Best Music Programme, VH Entertainment Awards
    Short
    Starring
  • Chris Lowe
  • Neil Tennant
  •  
    Documentary about the Pet Shop Boys at the Savoy Theatre as well as the promo for the Pet Shop Boys' single Somewhere
    Image Entertainment
    Pirate Productions
     

    Writer

     
    Feature based on the Spanish myth, Duende
    Film 4
    Pirate Productions
    In development
     

    Theatre

    Writer

     
    A show about acting for four actors and a cameraman
    ICA
     
    Starring
  • Annie Griffin
  •  
    Solo performance at the Royal Academy of Art
    The Royal Academy of Art
     
    Starring
  • Annie Griffin
  • Franck Loiret
  •  
    A play about a bank manager and his secretary
    ICA
     
    Starring
  • Kay Hunter
  • Leah Hausman
  • Nicolas Bloomfield
  •  
    Play created in response to the Richard Strauss opera Ariadne auf Naxos
    The Place
     
    Director Neil Bartlett
     
    Melodrama based on the novel by Mary Braddon
    ICA
     
     

    Collaborative piece based on the ballet Giselle

    Battersea Arts Centre
     
    Almost Persuaded
    LA Weekly's Performance of the Year
    Starring
  • Annie Griffin
  •  
    One woman show about country and western music
    Town & Country 2
     
    Starring
  • Annie Griffin
  •  
    One woman show about pirates
    ICA
     

    Writer & Director

    Starring
  • Annie Griffin
  •  
    Mixed media show produced at London's South Bank, at the Time Festival (Ghent) and at the Royal Court, London (1995); and at the Galway Festival, Ireland (1996)
    Royal Court Theatre
     
    Starring
  • Alison Edgar
  •  
    One woman show about the Shakers
    ICA
     

    Radio

    Writer & Director

    Nest
    2013
    Starring
  • Zawe Ashton
  • Steve Oram
  • Luisa Omielan
  • Trevor Laird
  • Tony Law
  •  

    Comedy thriller about a stealthy tech start up company

    Production Company Pirate Productions
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 3