Matt Lipsey

Director for television
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Biography

Director Matt Lipsey is one of the top comedy directors currently working in television.

Matt moved into comedy in the mid 1990's with the successful original series The Armstrong & Miller Show, which was hailed for its ‘delightful surrealistic edge'.

In 2005, Matt was presented with a BAFTA for his work directing the second series of Little Britain. The 2007 Little Britain Christmas Special, also directed by Matt, won an International Emmy.

Matt directed both series of the award-winning Psychoville for BBC2, written by and starring Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton with, among  others, Dawn French and Dame Eileen Atkins. He also directed two series of the Sky Atlantic comedy series This is Jinsy.

Matt has worked with King Bert on several productions now, including Gangsta Granny, the top rating Christmas special: TheBoy in the Dress, Billionaire Boy and Walliams and Friend for the BBC.  After directing Sick Note written by James Serafinowicz and Nat Saunders, Matt directed So Sammy for Disney, Little Big Men for Channel 4, and Rat Burger. 

Upstart Crow, written by Ben Elton, will transmit on BBC2 to coincide with the celebrations surrounding the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. 

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Director

Ratburger
1 x 60'
ProducerJoanna Hanley
WriterDavid Walliams, Kevin Cecil
Starring
  • Talia Barnett
  • Mark Benton
  • Sherdian Smith
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    Comedy

    King Bert for Sky One
     
    CreatorChris Bran and Justin Chubb
    WriterChris Bran and Justin Chubb
     

    Comedy pilot

    King Bert for Channel 4
     
    CreatorRobert Evans and Miranda Hart
     

    Original comedy drama 

    King Bert for Disney UK
     
    ProducerJo Sargent
    WriterJames Serafinowicz and Nat Saunders
     

    Comedy

    King Bert
    In Production
     
    CreatorBen Elton
    Starring
  • David Mitchell
  • Liza Tarbuck
  • Harry Stott
  • Mark Heap
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    Comedy about Shakespeare's life

    BBC Comedy for BBC2
     
    ProducerSarah Fraser
    DirectorMatt Lipsey
    WriterThe Dawson Brothers
    Starring
  • David Walliams
  • Joanna Lumley
  • Morgana Robinson
  • Mike Wozniak
  •  

    Comedy sketch show

    King Bert for BBC1
     
    CreatorDavid Walliams
    ProducerJoanna Hanley
    DirectorMatt Lipsey
    Starring
  • Elliot Sparks
  • David Walliams
  • John Thomson
  • Catherine Tate
  • Warwick Davis
  •  

    Comedy special

    King Bert for BBC1
     
    ProducerJo Sargent
    DirectorMatt Lipsey
     

    Run-down of Britain's favourite children's books

    King Bert for Channel 4
     
    ProducerJo Sargent
    Starring
  • Jennifer Saunders
  • Billy Kennedy
  • David Walliams
  • Meera Syal
  • Kate Moss
  •  

    Family comedy

    BBC Drama for BBC1
     
    ProducerJo Sargent
     
    Series two of the school-based sitcom starring David Walliams and Catherine Tate
    BBC Comedy for BBC1
     
    ProducerOwen Bell
     
    Comedy pilot
    BBC Comedy for BBC
     
    CreatorDavid Walliams
    ProducerJo Sargent
    WriterKevin Cecil and Andy Riley
    Starring
  • Mirand Hart
  • Joanna Lumley
  • Julia McKenzie
  • David Walliams
  •  
    Comedy drama
    BBC Comedy for BBC1
     
    Man Down
    6 x 30'
    ProducerSpencer Millman
    WriterGreg Davies
    Starring
  • Greg Davies
  • Rik Mayall
  •  
    Comedy following a childlike character stuck in an adult's life.
    Avalon Television for Channel 4
     
    ProducerChris Carey and James Dean
    WriterChris Bran and Justin Chubb
    Starring
  • Olivia Colman
  • Derek Jacobi
  • Stephen Mangan
  • Chris Bran
  • Justin Chubb
  •  

    Second series of the comedy by Chris Bran and Justin Chubb

    Welded Tandem Picture Company for Sky Atlantic
     
    Joe Mistry
    1 x 30'
    ProducerSue Vertue
    WriterBen Ockrent
    Starring
  • Amanda Abbington
  • Harry Melling
  •  
    Hartswood Film and Television for BBC3
     
    Starlings
    8 x 60'
    WriterSteve Edge
    Starring
  • Brendan Coyle
  • Leslie Sharp
  • John Dagleish
  • Rebecca Night
  •  

    Second series

    Baby Cow Productions for Sky
     
    ProducerChris Carey & James Dean
    WriterChris Bran & Justin Chubb
    Starring
  • Chris Bran
  • Justin Chubb
  •  
    Surreal sitcom about the bizarre residents living on a fictional island.
    The Welded Tandem Picture Company for Sky Atlantic
     
    ProducerJustin Davies
    WriterSteve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith
    Starring
  • Reece Shearsmith
  • Steve Pemberton
  • Dawn French
  • Eileen Atkins
  •  
    Halloween special
    BBC2
     
    Psychoville: Series 1
    Best New British Television Comedy- British Comedy Awards 2009
    7 x 30'
    ProducerJustin Davies
    WriterSteve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith
    Starring
  • Reece Shearsmith
  • Steve Pemberton
  • Dawn French
  • Eileen Atkins
  •  
    Award-winning dark character comedy mystery starring The League of Gentlemen's Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith.
    BBC2
     
    ProducerPhilip Clarke
    Starring
  • Alexander Armstrong
  • Ben Miller
  •  

    Comedy series

    Absolutely Television for Channel 4
     
    Barry Welsh is Coming: Series 1 and 2
    Winner "Best comedy" Welsh BAFTA
    10 x 30'
    ProducerPeter Baikie
     
    Comedy sketch show starring John Sparkles.
    Absolutely Productions for HTV Wales
     
    ProducerJustin Judd
    Starring
  • Nick Hancock
  • Joe Duttine
  •  
    Comedy series about a single father.
    Granda Television for ITV
     
    ProducerBeryl Vertue and Elaine Cameron
    WriterRichard Lumsden and Chris Niel
    Starring
  • Greg Wise
  • Lucy Akhurst
  • Dorian Healy
  •  

    Drama series

    Hartswood Films for ITV
     
    ProducerGillian Goodlet
     
    Various sketches for two part Christmas special
    BBC for BBC2
     
    ProducerElaine Cameron
    WriterTim Firth
     
    Hartswood Films for BBC 1
     
    Up Rising
    5 x 30'
    ProducerMargot Gavan Duffy
    WriterNick Vivian
     
    Tiger Aspect Productions for ITV
     
    Human Remains
    Winner "Best Comedy" Banff Film Festival
    6 x 30'
    ProducerAlison MacPhail
    Starring
  • Rob Brydon
  • Julia Davis
  •  
    Baby Cow Productions for BBC 2
     
    Lenny Henry In Pieces
    Winner Golden Rose of Montreaux
    ProducerLucy Robinson
    Starring
  • Lenny Henry
  • Alison Steadman
  • Gine Yashere
  •  
    Tiger Aspect Productions for BBC
     
    ProducerSam Cadman
    Starring
  • Dom Joly
  •  
    BBC
     
    ProducerRob Bullock
    WriterBill Dare
    Starring
  • Nitin Ganatra
  •  
    BBC Entertainment
     
    Catterick
    6 x 30'
    ProducerLisa Clark
    Starring
  • Vic Reeves
  • Bob Mortimer
  • Reece Shearsmith
  • Steve Pemberton
  •  
    BBC for BBC3
     
    Starring
  • Matt Lucas
  • Bob Mortimer
  • David Walliams
  • Ronni Ancona
  •  
    Sketch series
    Pett Productions for ITV 1
     
    ProducerHenry Kleidys
     
    Alistair McGowan and Ronni Ancona don their Guises to give their own take on the Euro 2004.
     
    Little Britain: Series 2
    Winner "Best Comedy" BAFTA (2004)
    6 x 30'
    Producer Geoff Posner
    Starring
  • Matt Lucas
  • David Walliams
  •  
    BBC for BBC1
     
    Little Britain Abroad
    Winner "Best Comedy" International Emmy 2007
    ProducerGeoff Posner
    Starring
  • Matt Lucas
  • David Walliams
  •  
    BBC for BBC1
     
    WriterHarry Cripps
    Starring
  • Rob Brydon
  •  
    Fish-out-of-water sitcom starring Rob Brydon as a British astronomer sent to work in a remote Australian observatory.
    Hartswood Films for BBC 2
     
    Saxondale
    6 x 30'
    ProducerTed Dowd
    WriterSteve Coogan & Neil Maclennan
    Starring
  • Steve Coogan
  • Ruth Jones
  •  
    Baby Cow Productions for BBC 2
     
    ProducerElaine Cameron
    WriterSteven Moffat
    Starring
  • James Nesbitt
  • Gina Bellman
  • Michelle Ryan
  • Meera Syal
  •  
    Hartswood Films for BBC 1
     
    The Cup
    6 x 30'
    ProducerSue Vertue
    WriterMoray Hunter & Jack Docherty
     
    Sitcom
    Hartswood Films for BBC 2
     
    ProducerMatt Tiller
    WriterDavid Isaac
     
    Sitcom about the misadventures of an admin team at a 'no win no fee' law firm in Manchester.
    Channel K for BBC 3
     
    Vexed
    3 x 60'
    ProducerEve Gutierrez
    WriterHoward Overman
    Starring
  • Toby Stephens
  • Lucy Punch
  •  
    A relationship-driven comedy drama about a pair of police detectives
    Greenlit Rights for BBC 2
     
    ProducerJustin Davies
    WriterSteve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith
    Starring
  • Steve Pemberton
  • Reece Shearsmith
  • Dawn French
  • Eileen Atkins
  •  
    Psychoville is a dark character comedy mystery, starring The League of Gentlemen's Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, in which five different characters are strangely linked.
    BBC2
     

    Film

    Director

    ProducerSteve Speirs
    WriterSteve Speirs and Neil Salvage
     
    Carnaby International
     

    Thankfully The Boy in the Dress is a heart-warming alternative to the more syrupy, cinnamon-scented children’s Christmas programming - making it appealing to both kids and grownups alike.

    Neela Debnath
    The Independent on The Boy in the Dress

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    Words can't adequately describe this gloriously eccentric new British sitcom - you'll just have to see it for yourself... this has got cult classic written all over it

    Jane Simon
    The Daily Mirror on This is Jinsy

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