Tony Cooke

Comedy writer
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Biography

Tony is an impressively tall comedy writer who has written extensively for TV and radio shows, both for adults and kids, solo and in partnership. He has written regularly for hit comedies including NewzoidsDead Ringers, The Armstrong and Miller Show, and he wrote in both London and Mumbai on the ITV1 sitcom Mumbai Calling.

In 2013, he was a BAFTA Rocliffe Comedy Winner for his sitcom Nannies - which he co-wrote with Brona C. Titley - and the show was presented at the New York Television Festival. He is currently developing a new family sitcom with Brona, optioned by Citrus Television.

Tony was a lead writer on two series of CBBC’s Diddy Movies, including the BAFTA-winning episode for Best Comedy 2014, the current follow-up show Diddy TV, and three series of triple BAFTA-nominated The Legend of Dick and Dom

He co-created and wrote CBBC’s fairy-tale courtroom mini-series A Long Long Crime Ago, and is often commissioned to write pilot scripts for new children’s shows. He has recently developed a kids' comedy for Disney, and is currently developing a new family sitcom for CBBC, co-writing with Tim Bain. In 2009 Tony was shortlisted for the BAFTA Breakthrough Talent Award for his kids writing.

CV

TV

Writer

The Chart
Pilot for 10x80'
 

Script for new Saturday night entertainment show from the makers of The X Factor, co-writing with Brona C. Titley

Thames for BBC
 
 

Original script commission for a new family sitcom co-written with Tim Bain.

The Comedy Unit for CBBC
 
 

Three episodes o a new family sitcom with a doggy twist from the makers of multi-award winning Topsy and Tim.

Cbeebies
 
Producer Steve Ryde
Starring
  • Dick & Dom
  •  

    A lead writer on the Bafta-nominated sequel to Diddy Movies, spoofing the TV schedules.

    BBC for CBBC
     
    Related
    Pilot for 6x30'
     

    TV Pilot of a new family comedy about two siblings finding their birth mother later in life. Co-writing with Brona C. Titley.

    Citrus Television
    In development
     
    Born Silly
    Pilot for 6x30'
     

    TV Pilot of a new hidden camera show playing pranks on kids. 

    CPL Productions for Channel 4
     
    Producer Giles Pilbrow, Beth Gorman
     

    Sketch writer for the puppet impressions show on ITV1, co-writing with Brona C Titley.

    Citrus Television for ITV1
     
    Producer Cassandra Hybel
    Director Cassandra Hybel
     

    BAFTA for BBC iPlayer.

    BAFTA for BBC iPlayer
     
    Throwback Becketts
    Pilot for 13x30'
     

    TV Pilot, leading to a script commission. Original family comedy celebrating the 1990s. Co-written with Tim Bain.

    The Comedy Unit for CBBC
     
    Creator Dan Good
     

    Multiple episodes of the new comedy for US network, Sprout about aliens in suburbia. 

    Foundation for NBC Universal
     
    Producer Claire McCarthy
     

    Sketches for the school-based comedy inspired by Educating Essex.

    BBC for CBBC
     
     

    Pilot and four episodes of the new comedy series about how hard it is to be human 

    Three Arrows for Cbeebies
     
     

    Series 3

    DHX Media/ Mattel for Channel 5
     
     

    TV Series

    Dreamworks Animation for Channel 5
     
    Producer Jamie Badminton
     

    Writing on an episode of the BAFTA-winning animated series.

    Karrot Animation for CBeebies
     
     

    On the writing team for the brand new CGI comedy about the iconic comic book duo.

    Beano Studios
     
    Producer Richelle Wilder
     

    Seven episodes of a new animated physical comedy for the Boomerang channel. 

    Spider Eye for Turner Broadcasting
     
    Producer Katherine Allen
    Director Nikki Parsons
     

    Additional material for Graham Norton's host script and award presenters' citations.

    Whizz Kid Entertainment for BBC
     
    Director Robert Cullen
     

    Episode of the rebooted series featuring a suave secret agent mouse and his sidekick hamster Penfold

    Boulder Media for FreemantleMedia Kids for CBBC
     
    Cooking It
    Pilot for 26x30’
     

    Show bible, storylines and scene by scenes for new teen ‘dramedy’ with a culinary twist

    Walt Disney Company for The Disney Channel
    In development
     
    Creator Tommy Donbavand
     

    Three episodes of the stop-frame comedy horror series based on the books of Tommy Donbavand

    Coolabi / Factory for CBBC for CBBC
     
    Producer Annika Bluhm
     

    Two episodes of the iconic TV series.

    Dreamworks TV for Cbeebies
     
    Killer in Kristina
    Pilot for 6 x 30’
    Producer Arnab Chanda
     

    Original sitcom co-created and written with Brona C Titley, about a loving wife and mother who’s also a serial killer.

    BBC Comedy for BBC Radio
    In development
     
    Nannies
    Pilot for 6 x 30’
     

    Original sitcom co-created and written with Brona C Titley. Presented at the New York Television Festival as a BAFTA Rocliffe Comedy Winner 2013

    CPL Productions
    In development
     
    Diddy Movies: Series 2
    Best Comedy - Children's BAFTAs 2014
    4 x 15'
    Producer Steve Ryde
    Director Julian Kemp
    Starring
  • Dick & Dom
  •  
    BAFTA-winning film parody show, co-written with Carl Carter



    BBC for CBBC
     
    Producer Richard Grocock
     

    Regular sketch writer for the BAFTA-nominated spoof news comedy.

    BBC for CBBC
     
     
    Winner of the VH-1 development deal at the New York TV Festival; an original nostalgia reality format co-created with Brona C Titley
    VH-1 New York
    In development
     
    Producer Steve Ryde
     

    Four episodes of the relaunched BAFTA-winning comedy set in a prison, including the celebrity Christmas special

    BBC for CBBC
     
    Producer Steve Ryde
    Starring
  • Dick & Dom
  •  
    Lead writer with Carl Carter on BAFTA-nominated comedy set in the world of cinema
    BBC for CBBC
     
     

    Contributing to an episode of the multi-award winning show

    Cartoon Network
     
    The Inspectres
    Pilot for 13 x 30’
     
    Original children's sitcom about a secret government department of ghost hunters, co-writing with Carl Carter
    BBC for CBBC
    In development
     
    Producer Jon Pocock
    Director David Sant
    Starring
  • Rhyanna Alexander-Davis
  • Dean-Charles Chapman
  • Louis Demosthenous
  • Nicola Duffell
  • Nell Williams
  •  
    CBBC sitcom about the adventures of a science-obsessed ten year-old
    Retort for CBBC
     
     
    Pilot script for a animated family comedy about rhinos in suburbia
    Karrot Entertainment
    In development
     
    ABC
    Pilot for 6 x 30'
    Producer Jack Cheshire
     
    Original sitcom script set in a primary school, co-written with Carl Carter
    BBC
    In development
     
    Producer Steve Ryde
    Starring
  • Chloë Bale
  • Steve Furst
  • Richard McCourt
  • Dominic Wood
  •  

    Lead writer with Carl Carter on all three series of the triple BAFTA-nominated children's sitcom, scripting 17 episodes

    BBC for BBC1
     
    Out There
    Pilot for 6 x 30'
    Producer Jack Cheshire
     
    Commission for an original comedy pilot set in a student academy in space, co-written with Carl Carter
    BBC for BBC
    In development
     
    Producer Caroline Norris
    Starring
  • Alexander Armstrong
  • Ben Miller
  •  
    Sketch writer on the BAFTA-winning series, co-written with Carl Carter
    Hat Trick Productions for BBC1
     
    Hounded
    2 x 30'
    Director Sydney Macartney
    Starring
  • Rufus Hound
  • Colin McFarlane
  • Colin Ryan
  • Steven Wickham
  •  
    Two episodes of the sci-fi children's sitcom starring Rufus Hound, co-writing with Carl Carter co-written with Carl Carter
    BBC for BBC1
     
    It's Paul Burling
    Pilot for 6 x 30'
    Producer Charlie Hanson
    Director Angie De Chastelai Smith
    Starring
  • Paul Burling
  • Paul Butler
  • Jess Robinson
  • Anthony Spargo
  •  
    Sketch writer
    ITV Studios for ITV1
     
    Fit
    Pilot for 6 x 30'
     
    Original sitcom set in a high street fashion store, co-written with Carl Carter



    BBC Scotland for BBC
    In development
     
    Producer Ned Parker
    Director Kabir Akhtar, Allan McKeown & Stojan Petrov
    Starring
  • Daisy Beaumont
  • Ratnabali Bhattacharjee
  • Sanjeev Bhaskar
  • Namit Das
  • Nitin Ganatra
  •  
     Narrative writing, table writing, and sketch writing in UK and India on the call centre comedy Carl Carter
    Allan McKeown Presents for ITV1
     
    Producer Lisa Clark
    Director John F D Northover
    Starring
  • Peter Dickson
  • Stephen Mulhern
  •  
    Co-written with Carl Carter
    Baby Cow Productions for ITV1
     
    Starring
  • Lee Barnett
  • Dave Chapman
  • Ian Kirkby
  • Melvin O'Doom
  • Tedd Robbins
  •  
    BAFTA-winning comedy series set in a prison, co-written with Carl Carter
    CBBC
     
    Headcases
    8 x 30'
    Producer Rob Doherty
    Director Henry Naylor
     
    Sketch writer on the topical CGI comedy, co-written with Carl Carter
    ITV Productions for ITV1
     
    Dead Ringers: Series 6 & 7
    Multiple series of 8 x 30'
    Writer Tony Cooke
    Starring
  • Kevin Connelly
  • Phil Cornwell
  • Jon Culshaw
  • Mark Perry
  • Jan Ravens
  •  
    Regular topical and non-topical sketch writer for the impressions series, co-written with Carl Carter
    BBC for BBC2
     

    Writer & Creator

    Director Dez McCarthy
     
    Hybrid show mixing CSI reconstructions, courtroom drama and fairy tale comedy
    BBC Scotland for CBBC
     

    Script Editor

    Producer Rob Hyde
    Starring
  • Simon Greenall
  •  

    Writer and script editor on three series of the hit game-show for BBC1

    BBC for BBC1
     
    Ludus
    20 x 30'
    Producer Rob Hyde
     

    Script editing 20 episodes of the new sci-fi game-show featuring a super-villain in space. 

    Boom Kids for CBBC
     

    Radio

    Writer

    Producer Will Saunders
    Starring
  • Andrew Collins
  • Jon Holmes
  • Robin Ince
  •  

    Co-written with Carl Carter

    Production Company BBC Radio 2
     
    Producer Mario Stylianides
    Starring
  • Kevin Connelly
  • Phil Cornwell
  • Jon Culshaw
  • Mark Perry
  • Jan Ravens
  •  
    Co-written with Carl Carter

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
    Starring
  • Des Clarke
  • Toni Frutin
  • David Kay
  • Lewis Macleod
  • Debbie Welsh
  •  
    Sketch writer on the Sony Award nominated show, co-written with Carl Carter

    Broadcaster BBC Radio Scotland
     
    Creator Jon Holmes
    Producer Jon Holmes & Bill Dare
    Starring
  • Alice Arnold
  • Jon Holmes
  •  
    Co-written with Carl Carter

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     

    Other

    Writer

     

    Book development project 2016. Developing a new title for the No. 1 global personalised children's book publisher.

     
     

    Two promotional films starring Dick and Dom for the London 2012 Olympic Games