Richard Boden

Television producer and director

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Biography

Richard is a producer and director who trained at the BBC and has worked on some of Britain's most memorable prime time comedies, including In Sickness and In Health, 2Point4 Children and Blackadder Goes Forth, the last of which earned him an RTS Award and his first BAFTA.

From the BBC, Richard went on to be Head of Comedy for Carlton and Central TV, before going freelance in 2001, when he directed Time Gentlemen Please for Sky, All About Me for Celador, and The Sketch Show for ITV, which won him a second BAFTA.

In addition to his UK work Richard has worked extensively in the US, directing Just Shoot Me for NBC, Grounded For Life for Warner Bros and a full series of Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show for Fox.

In 2009, his series of the comedy show The IT Crowd was awarded a BAFTA for Best Comedy Series.

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Producer

Motherland
1 x 30'
DirectorGraham Linehan
WriterGraham Linehan, Sharon Horgan, Helen Linehan & Holly Walsh
Starring
  • Anna Maxwell Martin
  • Diane Morgan
  • Paul Ready
  • Lucy Punch
  • Terry Mynott
  •  

    Pilot navigating the trials and traumas of middle-class motherhood

    Delightful Industries for BBC2
     
    WriterSteve Delaney & Graham Linehan
    Starring
  • Steve Delaney
  • Rory Kinnear
  •  

    Third series of the comedy about an elderly showbusiness character

    Retort and Komedia Entertainment for BBC1
    In development
     
    WriterSteve Delaney & Graham Linehan
    Starring
  • Steve Delaney
  • Rory Kinnear
  • Zara Ahmadi
  • Chris Ryman
  • Andy Linden
  • Ruth Posner
  •  

    Second series of the comedy about an elderly showbusiness character

    Retort and Komedia Entertainment for BBC 2
     
    Count Arthur Strong
    Nominated: BAFTA Situational Comedy
    6 x 30'
    WriterGraham Linehan and Steve Delaney
    Starring
  • Steve Delaney
  • Chris Ryman
  •  

    Sitcom in which elderly showbusiness character Count Arthur Strong attempts to recount his life story

    Retort and Komedia Entertainment for BBC2
     
    DirectorGraham Linehan
    WriterGraham Linehan and Diet of Worms
    Starring
  • Niall Gaffney
  • Philippa Dunne
  • Amy Stephenson
  • Rory Connolly
  •  

    Comedy series about a tight knit family from Dublin

    Delightful Industries for BBC 4
     
    DirectorNick Bye
    WriterSimon Block
    Starring
  • Sarah Malin
  • Andrew Sachs
  • Danny Swanson
  • Frances de la Tour
  •  
    Comedy following Shirlet, Lorriane and Nat
    BBC for BBC 1
     
    DirectorAndy De Emmony
    WriterDominic English
    Starring
  • Matt Bardock
  • James Bolam
  • Pearce Quigley
  • Diana Weston
  •  
    Comedy set in a multi-storey car park
    Lawless Films for Carlton TV
     
    DirectorAndy DeEmmony
    WriterBen Ward
     
    Award winning puppet satire show
    Carlton TV for ITV1
     

    Director

    ProducerSimon London
    WriterLorna Watson, Ingrid Oliver, Kevin Cecil and Alex Lowe
    Starring
  • Ingrid Oliver
  • Lorna Watson
  •  

    Sketch show for BBC 2 starring Lorna Watson and Ingrid Oliver

    BBC for BBC2
     
    ProducerAsh Atalla
    WriterMatt Morgan
    Starring
  • Rhys Darby
  • Jack Doolan
  • Vic Reeves
  • Katy Wix
  •  
    Comedy Showcase pilot about a small town Health & Safety team
    Roughcut for Channel 4
     
    Starring
  • Lucinda Dryzek
  • Neil Dudgeon
  • Taylor Fawcett
  • Patrick Nolan
  •  

    BBC 1 comedy series about the dysfunctional Riley family

    Talkback Thames for BBC 1
     
    Starring
  • Lucinda Dryzek
  • Niel Dudgeon
  • Taylor Fawcett
  • Patrick Nolan
  •  
    Second series of the hit prime time comedy
    Talkback Thames for BBC 1
     
    Starring
  • Alan Carr
  • Justin Lee Collins
  •  
    Popular chat and sketch show
    Princess Productions for Channel 4
     
    WriterHannah Mackay
    Starring
  • Lucy Barratt
  • Cicely Giddings
  • Robert Matthews
  • David Morley Hale
  •  
    Comedy drama filmed in a music hall
    Celador for ITV1
     
    ProducerMark Freeland
    WriterTim Moore & Paul Rose
    Starring
  • Simon Greenall
  • James Lance
  • Ingrid Oliver
  •  

    Children's show parody

    Hartswood Films for BBC 3
     
    ProducerKelsey Grammer
    Starring
  • Kelsey Grammer
  •  
    Comedy sketch show
    Grammnet Productions for Fox Network USA
     
    Starring
  • Jasper Carrott
  • Ryan Cartwright
  • Jamil Dhillon
  • Natalia Keery-Fisher
  •  
    Sitcom about a multicultural family living in Birmingham
    Celador for BBC 1
     
    Shane
    1 x 30'
    Starring
  • Elizabeth Berrington
  • Lauren Buglioli
  • Carli Norris
  • Frank Skinner
  •  
    Pilot for a sitcom about a minicab driver lurching from one midlife crisis to another
    Avalon for ITV1
     
    ProducerDenis Biggs
    WriterBill Martin
    Starring
  • Lynsey Bartilson
  • Kevin Fitzgerald Corrigan
  • Donal Logue
  • Megyn Price
  •  
    Family drama following the lives of Sean and Claudia Finnerty and their unruly children
    Carsey Werner Mandabach for Warner Brothers Network USA
     
    ProducerSteve Coogan
    Starring
  • Kitty Flanagan
  • Lee Mack
  • Jim Tavare
  • Karen Taylor
  •  
    Comedy sketch show
    Avalon for ITV1
     
    ProducerAl Murray
    WriterAl Murray
    Starring
  • Al Murray
  •  
    Stand-up comedy show
    Avalon
     
    ProducerBrad Grey
    WriterSteven Levitan
    Starring
  • Enrico Colantoni
  • Wendie Malick
  • Laura San Giacomo
  • George Segal
  •  
    Award winning comedy about a woman forced to work at her father's fashion magazine after being fired from her job as an anchorwoman
    Universal for NBC
     
    WriterPaul Waite
     
    Pilot
    Tandem TV for BBC 2
     
    WriterGareth Seabrook
     
    Pilot
    BBC
     
    WriterRichard Turner & Paul Shearer
     
    Pilot
    BBC
     
    Dunrulin
    1 x 30'
    ProducerJon Blair
    WriterAlastair Beaton & John Wells
    Starring
  • Owen Brenman
  • Kenneth Cranham
  • Hilary Gish
  • Angela Thorne
  •  
    Comedy about Margaret Thatcher and her life after politics
    BBC
     
    Starring
  • Clare Buckfield
  • Julia Hills
  • Belinda Lang
  • Gary Olsen
  •  
    Comedy series following the lives of the Porter family
    BBC for BBC 1
     
    Blackadder Goes Forth
    BAFTA Winner: Best Comedy Series
    6 x 30'
    ProducerJohn Lloyd
    WriterRichard Curtis & Ben Elton
    Starring
  • Rowan Atkinson
  • Stephen Fry
  • Hugh Laurie
  • Tim McInnerny
  •  
    Final series of the BBC1 comedy, which sees Blackadder as an army captain in World War I
    BBC for BBC1
     
    ProducerDavid Croft
    WriterDavid Croft & Jeremy Lloyd
    Starring
  • Gorden Kaye
  • Richard Marner
  • Vicki Michelle
  • Carmen Silvera
  •  
    Comedy set during World War II about a Frenchman struggling to run his cafe, deal with the German occupation, run an underground resistance and keep his wife happy
    BBC for BBC 1
     
    WriterKevin Buxton
    Starring
  • Lesley Joseph
  • Pauline Quirke
  • Linda Robson
  •  

    Comedy series about two sisters whose husbands are arrested for armed robbery

    BBC 1
     
    ProducerJohn Lloyd
    WriterRichard Curtis & Ben Elton
    Starring
  • Rowan Atkinson
  • Stephen Fry
  • Hugh Laurie
  • Miranda Richardson
  •  
    Comedy giving a new twist on Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale
    BBC for BBC 1
     
    WriterJohnny Speight
    Starring
  • Ken Campbell
  • Arthur English
  • Carmel McSharry
  • Warren Mitchell
  •  
    Sitcom following Alf and Elsie as they struggle to survive on their pensions
    BBC for BBC 1
     
    WriterGary Seabrook
     
    Comedy pilot
     
    ProducerJohn Kilby
    WriterColin Bostock-Smith
    Starring
  • Tim Brooke-Taylor
  • Brian Hall
  • Diane Keen
  • Garfield Morgan
  •  
    Comedy about a husband and wife who suddenly become very wealthy when the wife becomes a celebrated author
    BBC for BBC 1
     
    ProducerDavid Askey
    WriterCharlotte Bingham & Terence Brady
    Starring
  • James Bolan
  • Samantha Hurst
  • Gabrielle Lloyd
  • Ray Winstone
  •  
    Drama about a priest who finds himself the guardian of a troubled eight year old girl
    BBC for BBC 2
     
    ProducerRoger Race
    WriterCarla Lane
    Starring
  • Michael Angelis
  • Peter Caffrey
  • Robert Gillepsie
  • Frederick Jaeger
  •  
    Comedy-drama about four recovering alcoholics who meet while undergoing psychotherapy in hospital
    BBC for BBC 1
     
    ProducerRobin Nash
    WriterJon Watkins
    Starring
  • Martin Clunes
  • Patricia Garwood
  • William Gaunt
  • Dee Sadler
  •  
    Comedy about a dysfunctional family
    BBC for BBC 1
     
    ProducerFrank Muir
     
    Comedy compilations
    BBC
     

    Director & Producer

    WriterGraham Linehan
    Starring
  • Richard Ayoade
  • Chris O'Dowd
  • Katherine Parkinson
  •  

    Special one-off finale episode of the sitcom

    Retort for Channel 4
     
    Starring
  • Richard Ayoade
  • Chris O'Dowd
  •  
    Award-winning Channel 4 comedy
    Talkback Thames for Channel 4
     
    WriterRichard Herring, Stewar Lee & Al Murray
    Starring
  • Phil Daniels
  • Jason Freeman
  • Roy Heather
  • Andrew Mackay
  •  
    Comedy set in a rundown pub
    Avalon for Sky1
     
    WriterDanny Jacobson & Paul Reiser
    Starring
  • Joanne Farrell
  • Gary Love
  • Trevyn McDowell
  • Tracy-Ann Obermann
  •  
    Spinoff of the US series Mad About You
    Carlton TV for ITV1
     
    WriterMark Bussell
    Starring
  • Glen Davies
  • Shirley Anne Field
  • Madge Hindle
  • Sam Kelly
  •  
    Comedy following Barbara, who acts as unofficial agony aunt for her whole family
    Carlton TV for ITV1
     
    WriterRay Galton & Alan Simpson
    Starring
  • Peter Jeffrey
  • Sam Kelly
  • Paul Merton
  • Gary Waldhorn
  •  
    Comedy series remaking scripts written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson
    Hancock
     
    Starring
  • Roger Lloyd-Pack
  • Victor McGuire
  • Felicity Montagu
  • Deborah Norton
  •  
    Comedy about the day to day lives of a group of doctors
    BBC for BBC 1
     
    WriterJohn Bird
    Starring
  • John Barron
  • John Bird
  • Diane Fletcher
  • Lesley Vickerage
  •  
    Comedy about the hunt to find a new councillor
    BBC for BBC 1
     
    WriterSusannah Greenberg & John Wilkinson
    Starring
  • Annette Badland
  • Nick Brimble
  • Roland Curram
  • Roger Sloman
  •  
    Comedy about the making of a live television news programme
    BBC
     

    Film

    Director

     
    Park Place Films
     
    WriterIan Davidson
     
    Comedy film for BT
    BT
     

    Writer & Director

     
    Video arts film
    Jacaranda
     

    Writer & Director & Producer

     
    Informative video giving advice on tackling absenteeism
    Jacaranda
     

    Theatre

    Director

    WriterPhil Woods
     
    New Vic