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John Morton

Writer for film and television

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Biography

John created, wrote and directed the much acclaimed People Like Us which began life on Radio 4 and transferred to BBC2

People Like Us won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Comedy and the Silver Rose for Comedy at the Montreux Television Festival, as well as being nominated for a BAFTA, a British Comedy Award and a South Bank Show Award.

John's comedy series Twenty Twelve, revolving around preparations for the London Olympics, first broadcast on BBC4 and BBC2 in 2011. The second series aired in two seasons across the build-up for the games in 2012 and became a cult hit when life imitated art. After the London Games of 2012, Ian Fletcher's character (played by Hugh Bonneville) moved to the BBC as Head of Values for a series of W1A, which played in Spring 2014. John is currently writing a second series.

CV

Television
Creator, Writer and Director
W1A series 2 1 x 60' and 3 x 30'
2014
BBC Productions for BBC2
In development
Creator John Morton
Producer Paul Schlesinger
Director John Morton
Writer John Morton
Starring Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes & Jason Watkins

Second series of the mockumentary spin-off from Twenty Twelve

W1A 4 x 60'
2014
BBC Productions for BBC2
Creator John Morton
Producer Paul Schlesinger
Director John Morton
Writer John Morton
Starring Hugh Bonneville, Monica Dolan, Jessica Hynes, Sarah Parish & Jason Watkins

Ian Fletcher, ex-head of the Olympic Deliverance Committee, returns to our screens as Head of Values at the BBC

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BBC Productions for BBC2
Creator John Morton
Director John Morton
Writer John Morton
Starring Hugh Bonneville, Amelia Bullmore, Morven Christie, Jessica Hynes & David Tennant

The award winning comedy returns for a final series before the Olympic Games

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BBC Productions for BBC2
Creator John Morton
Director John Morton
Writer John Morton
Starring Hugh Bonneville, Amelia Bullmore, Olivia Colman, Jessica Hynes & Karl Theobald

Second series of the Olympics based mockumentary

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BBC Productions for BBC4
Creator John Morton
Producer Paul Schlesinger
Director John Morton
Writer John Morton
Starring Hugh Bonneville, Olivia Colman, Vincent Franklin, Jessica Hynes & Karl Theobald

Sit com series following the team preparing London for the upcoming Olympics

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Broken News 6 x 30'
2005
BBC Productions for BBC2
Creator John Morton
Director John Morton
Writer John Morton
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Goodman-Hill, Sharon Horgan, Phil Nichol & Indira Varma

Spoof news show

BBC Productions for BBC2
Creator John Morton
Producer Paul Schlesinger
Director John Morton
Writer John Morton
Starring Tamsin Greig, Chris Langham, Lucy Punch, David Tennant & Nicola Walker

Second series of the award winning sit com

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BBC Productions for BBC2
Creator John Morton
Producer Paul Schlesinger
Director John Morton
Writer John Morton
Starring Sarah Alexander, Julia Davis, Rebecca Front, Chris Langham & Bill Nighy

Award winning sit com about a hapless film maker and his subjects

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Kiss Me Kate: Series 1 - 3 18 x 30'
1998 to 2000
Carlton Television for BBC1
Creator John Morton
Director John Morton
Writer John Morton
Starring Darren Boyd, Amanda Holden, Chris Langham & Caroline Quentin

Sit com about two counsellors who work together in a partnership

Writer
The Gist 1 x 30'
2002
BBC Productions for BBC4
Producer Paul Schlesinger
Writer John Morton

Spoof arts review show

Director
Absolute Power 6 x 30'
2003
BBC Productions for BBC2
Creator Mark Tavener
Director John Morton
Starring John Bird & Stephen Fry

Comedy set in the world of PR

Writer and Director
Great News Pilot for 6 x 30'
2006
BBC Productions for BBC
Director John Morton
Writer John Morton

Sit com pilot set in a local newspaper office

Creator and Writer
Life & Times Pilot for 6 x 60'
2009
BBC Productions for BBC
In development
Creator John Morton
Producer Paul Schlesinger
Writer John Morton

 
Six and a Half Pages Pilot for 6 x 30'
2009
Hartswood Films
In development
Creator John Morton
Writer John Morton

 
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Radio
Writer
Mightier Than The Sword 6 x 30' 1995
BBC Radio 3
 
Writer John Morton
Starring John Bird & John Sessions

 
Creator and Writer
The Sunday Format 22 x 30' 2000
BBC Radio 4
 
Creator John Morton
Writer John Morton
Starring Alexander Armstrong, Rebecca Front, Emma Kennedy & Ben Miller

Award winning satirical newspaper show

 
People Like Us: Series 1 - 3 18 x 30' 1995
BBC Radio 4
 
Creator John Morton
Producer Paul Schlesinger
Writer John Morton

 
Film
Writer
The Meaning of Paris Feature
2012
Endor Productions
In development
Producer Hilary Bevan-Jones
Writer John Morton