Freddy Syborn

Writer for television
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Biography

Freddy has created and co-written Bounty Hunters, a six-part comedy-drama for Sky One, with Jack Whitehall. He and Jack also co-wrote three series of Bad Education as well as the Bad Education Movie and a Sky Little Cracker.
Freddy created and wrote another six-part sitcom, Cockroaches, for ITV2. He co-wrote a second feature film, Old Boys (BFI/Film 4), directed by Toby Macdonald. He has also written a one-off episode about David Bowie for Sky Arts’ Urban Myths series, and contributed sketches to Jeremy Dyson’s series Psychobitches.


In 2013, Freddy co-wrote and co-directed a short, Frenching the Bully, with Florence Keith-Roach. In 2015, he wrote and directed his first short, Isla Traena, starring Daniel Lawrence Taylor, Antonia Thomas and Phil Wang. It was selected for the London Short Film Festival, as well as the Palm Springs, New Orleans, Mill Valley and San Jose film festivals.
In 2017, Freddy wrote and directed a micro-budget feature-length experiment, Damascene, a film shot entirely on the GoPros worn by two cyclists travelling together through south London. It stars Henry Lloyd-Hughes and Kate Kennedy. So far, Damascene has been selected to be shown in competition at the New Orleans Film Festival.


Freddy is also a prizewinning playwright with work staged in London, Edinburgh and Cambridge. His book about comedy, A Good Bullet, was one of the Independent's books of the year 2013. His joke-writing credits include A League of Their Own, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Comic Relief, 8 out of 10 Cats, Mock the Week, Stand Up for the Week and Big Brother’s Big Mouth.

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TV

Writer & Creator

Producer Ben Cavey
Starring
  • Rosie Perez
  • Jack Whitehall
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    Comedy drama

    Cave Bear for Sky 1
     
     

    Comedy 

    Pinewood Television
    In development
     
    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
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    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
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    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
     
     
     

    Other

    Writer & Performer & Creator

     

    Podcast. An improvised comedy about a referendum that brings back capital punishment with a 51% majority. 

     

    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
     

    Writer

    Writer & Director & Creator

    Damascene
    Feature
    Starring
  • Henry Lloyd-Hughes
  • Kate Kennedy
  •  

    Feature shot exclusively on go-pros

    Wits End Productions
     
    Starring
  • Daniel Lawrence Taylor
  • Antonia Thomas
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    Short


     

    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.
     

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

    Andrew Billen
    The Times on Cockroaches

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