Freddy Syborn

Writer for television
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Biography

Having started writing for theatre and television while at Cambridge, Freddy has gone on to co-write three series of Bad Education and Sky 1's Little Cracker: Daddy's Little Princess, as well as contribute sketches to Psychobitches and originate his own series.

Freddy created and wrote Cockroaches, a comedy series produced by Big Talk and directed by Ben Taylor for ITV2, that aired in 2015. Freddy co-directed and co-wrote his first short film, Frenching the Bully, in 2013. He wrote and directed Isla Traena, a new short film starring Daniel Lawrence Taylor and Antonia Thomas, in autumn 2015.

After co-writing The Bad Education Movie, Freddy wrote on feature Old Boys for Film4, which is being directed by Toby MacDonald.

Freddy’s other joke-writing credits (amongst others) include Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Comic Relief, 8 out of 10 Cats, Mock the Week, TNT Show, My Funniest Year, Dave’s One Night Stand and The Comedy Roast, plus two series of both Stand Up for the Week and Big Brother’s Big Mouth. Outside the world of television Freddy is also a prizewinning playwright with work staged in Cambridge, London and Edinburgh. His book about comedy, A Good Bullet, was one of the Independent's books of the year 2013.

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Film

Co-Writer

Old Boys
Feature
Producer Luke Morris
Director Toby MacDonald
Starring
  • Alex Lawther
  • Pauline Étienne
  • Jonah Hauer-King
  • Denis Ménochet
  • Joshua McGuire
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    Comedy feature

    Film4
     
    Producer Pippa Brown and Ben Cavey
    Director Elliot Hegarty
    Writer Freddy Syborn and Jack Whitehall
     

    Comedy feature

    Entertainment Film Distributors
    Cave Bear Productions
     

    Theatre

    Writer & Director

     

    Play

    Old Guardian/Observer building
     

    Writer

     

    Play 

    In development
     
     
    A mother and son argue about more than their dead dog. A safe takes fifteen minutes to open. People take cuts.
     

    TV

    Writer & Creator

    Producer Ben Cavey
     

    Comedy drama

    Cave Bear for Sky 1
     
    Director Freddy Syborn and Florence Keith-Roach
     
    Comedy written with Florence Keith-Roach
    Wits' End Productions
     
    Producer Clelia Mountford
    Director Ben Taylor
     
    Comedy series
    Big Talk Productions for ITV
     

    Writer

    Producer Pippa Brown and Ben Cavey
    Director Al Campbell
    Starring
  • Jack Whitehall
  • Sarah Solemani
  • Mathew Horne
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    Comedy series
    Tiger Aspect for BBC3
     
    Producer Ben Cavey
    Starring
  • Jack Whitehall
  • Sarah Solemani
  • Mathew Horne
  •  

    Second series 

    Tiger Aspect Productions for BBC3
     
    Producer Ben Cavey
    Starring
  • Jack Whitehall
  •  

    Comedy

    Tiger Aspect Productions for BBC3
     
    Backchat
    6 x 30'
    Producer Suzi Aplin
    Director Dave Skinner
    Starring
  • Michael Whitehall
  • Jack Whitehall
  •  
    Comedy chat show
    Tiger Aspect for BBC3
     
    Producer Pippa Brown
    Director Jeremy Dyson
    Starring
  • Rebecca Front
  • Catherine Tate
  • Sharon Horgan
  • Katy Brand
  •  

    Comedy

    Tiger Aspect Productions for Sky Arts HD
     
    The Shot
    1 x 60'
     

    Drama

    Warp for Channel 4
     
     
    A selection of familiar Channel 4 hosts are pushed right out of their comfort zones by job swapping with each other.
    Fresh One for Channel 4
     
    Starring
  • Jack Whitehall
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    Sky 1 Little Cracker which chronicles Jack Whitehall's childhood love of dressing up - from Princess Ariel to Princess Diana - and his father's despair. Co-written with Jack Whitehall.

    Tiger Aspect Productions for Sky One
     
     
    Open Mike Productions for Channel 4
     
     
    Twofour for Channel 4
     
    Starring
  • Jack Whitehall
  •  
    Magnum Media for Channel 4
     
     
    Monkey Kingdom for Channel 4
     
    Producer Martin Dance
     
    Amigo Television & Phil McIntyre Entertainment for Dave
     
     
    TalkbackThames & British Broadcasting Corporation for BBC2
     
     
    Open Mike Productions for Channel 4
     
     
    Angst Productions for BBC2
     
    Producer Fiona McDermott
     
    Zeppotron for Channel 4
     
    Producer Ian Wimbush
    Starring
  • Jack Whitehall
  •  
    Magnum Media for Channel 4
     
    TNT Show
    9 x 35'
     
    Objective Productions for Channel 4
     
    Producer Ben Cooper
     
    Brighter Pictures for E4
     
    Producer Stu Mather
     
    Zeppotron for Channel 4
     
     
    Objective Productions for Channel 4
     
     
    Brighter Pictures for E4
     

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    Different, in a good way: black but not bleak. ****

    Andrew Billen
    The Times on Cockroaches

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