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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.

Recent work also includes eight-part Sky Atlantic comedy series This is Jinsy and Starlings for Sky 1/Babycow. 

Matt recently directed the second series of This is Jinsy, comedy series Man Down, and Gangsta Granny which will air this Christmas.

CV

Television
Director
Big School: series 2 6 x 30'
Mar 2014
BBC Comedy for BBC1
Producer Jo Sargent
Director Matt Lipsey
Writer The Dawson Brothers

Series two of the school-based sitcom starring David Walliams and Catherine Tate

Mountain Men 1 x 30'
Jan 2014
BBC Comedy for BBC
Director Matt Lipsey

Comedy pilot

Gangsta Granny 1 x 60'
Jun 2013
BBC Comedy for BBC1
Creator David Walliams
Producer Jo Sargent
Director Matt Lipsey
Writer Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley
Starring Mirand Hart, Joanna Lumley, Julia McKenzie, David Walliams & Robbie Williams

Comedy drama

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Man Down 6 x 30'
2013
Avalon Television for Channel 4
Director Matt Lipsey
Writer Greg Davies
Starring Greg Davies & Rik Mayall

Comedy following a childlike character stuck in an adult's life.

This is Jinsy: Series 2 8 x30'
2013
Welded Tandem Picture Company for Sky Atlantic
Producer Chris Carey & James Dean
Director Matt Lipsey
Writer Chris Bran and Justin Chubb

 
Joe Mistry 1 x 30'
2012
Hartswood Film and Television for BBC3
Producer Sue Vertue
Director Matt Lipsey
Writer Ben Ockrent

 
Starlings 8 x 60'
2012
Baby Cow Productions for Sky
Director Matt Lipsey
Writer Matt King
Starring Brendan Coyle, Leslie Sharp, John Dagleish, Rebecca Night & Finn Atkins

 
Psychoville: Series 2 6 x 30'
2011
BBC2
Producer Justin Davies
Director Matt Lipsey
Writer Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith
Starring Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith, Dawn French, Eileen Atkins & Daniel Kaluuya

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.

This is Jinsy 8 x 30'
2011
The Welded Tandem Picture Company for Sky Atlantic
Producer Chris Carey & James Dean
Director Matt Lipsey
Writer Chris Bran & Justin Chubb
Starring Chris Bran & Justin Chubb

Surreal sitcom about the bizarre residents living on a fictional island.

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Psychoville: Halloween Special 1 x 60'
2010
BBC2
Producer Justin Davies
Director Matt Lipsey
Writer Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith
Starring Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Dawn French, Eileen Atkins & Daniel Kaluuya

Hour-long Halloween special of the award-winning series featuring four tales of terror.

Vexed 3 x 60'
2010
Greenlit Rights for BBC 2
Producer Eve Gutierrez
Director Matt Lipsey
Writer Howard Overman
Starring Toby Stephens & Lucy Punch

A relationship-driven comedy drama about a pair of police detectives

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Lunch Monkeys: Series 1 7 x 30'
2009
Channel K for BBC 3
Producer Matt Tiller
Director Matt Lipsey
Writer David Isaac

Sitcom about the misadventures of an admin team at a 'no win no fee' law firm in Manchester.

Psychoville: Series 1 7 x 30'
2009
BBC2
Producer Justin Davies
Director Matt Lipsey
Writer Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith
Starring Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Dawn French, Eileen Atkins & Daniel Kaluuya

Award-winning dark character comedy mystery starring The League of Gentlemen's Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith.

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The Cup 6 x 30'
2008
Hartswood Films for BBC 2
Producer Sue Vertue
Director Matt Lipsey
Writer Moray Hunter & Jack Docherty

Sitcom about the selfish and obsessive behaviour of the parents of an under-11 football team, filmed in a documentary style.

Jekyll: Episodes 4, 5 & 6 6 x 60'
2007
Hartswood Films for BBC 1
Producer Elaine Cameron
Director Matt Lipsey
Writer Steven Moffat
Starring James Nesbitt, Gina Bellman, Michelle Ryan, Meera Syal & Fenella Woolgar

 
BBC 1
Producer Geoff Posner
Director Matt Lipsey
Writer Kevin Cecil & Andy Riley
Starring Matt Lucas & David Walliams

 
Saxondale 6 x 30'
2006
Baby Cow Productions for BBC 2
Producer Ted Dowd
Director Matt Lipsey
Writer Steve Coogan & Neil Maclennan
Starring Steve Coogan & Ruth Jones

 
Supernova: Series 1 6 x 30'
2005
Hartswood Films for BBC 2
Director Matt Lipsey
Writer Harry Cripps
Starring Rob Brydon

Fish-out-of-water sitcom starring Rob Brydon as a British astronomer sent to work in a remote Australian observatory.

Catterick 6 x 30'
2004
BBC for BBC3
Producer Lisa Clark
Director Matt Lipsey
Starring Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton & Matt Lucas

 
Little Britain: Series 2 6 x 30'
2004
BBC 1
Producer Geoff Posner
Director Matt Lipsey
Starring Matt Lucas & David Walliams

 
Sven and Nancy's Big Impression 2004

 
Producer Henry Kleidys
Director Matt Lipsey

Alistair McGowan and Ronni Ancona don their Guises to give their own take on the Euro 2004.

Pett Productions for ITV 1
Director Matt Lipsey
Starring Matt Lucas, Bob Mortimer, David Walliams, Ronni Ancona & Hugh Laurie

Sketch series

Tiger Aspect Productions for BBC
Producer Lucy Robinson
Director Matt Lipsey
Starring Lenny Henry, Alison Steadman & Gine Yashere

 
This is Dom Joly 10 x 30'
2003
BBC
Producer Sam Cadman
Director Matt Lipsey
Starring Dom Joly

 
You're Breaking Up 1 x 30'
2003
BBC Entertainment
Producer Rob Bullock
Director Matt Lipsey
Writer Bill Dare
Starring Nitin Ganatra

 
Border Cafe: Episodes 4, 5 & 6 8 x 45'
2000
Hartswood Films for BBC 1
Producer Elaine Cameron
Director Matt Lipsey
Writer Tim Firth

 
Human Remains 6 x 30'
2000
Baby Cow Productions for BBC 2
Producer Alison MacPhail
Director Matt Lipsey
Starring Rob Brydon & Julia Davis

 
Millenium Sketch Show 1999
BBC 2
Director Matt Lipsey

Various sketches for two part Christmas special

Wonderful You 6 x 60'
1999
Hartswood Films for ITV
Producer Beryl Vertue and Elaine Cameron
Director Matt Lipsey
Writer Richard Lumsden and Chris Niel
Starring Greg Wise, Lucy Akhurst, Richard Lumsden, Dorian Healy & Ben Miles

 
Armstrong and Miller: Series 1 and 2 1997
Absolutely Television for Channel 4
Producer Philip Clarke
Director Matt Lipsey
Starring Alexander Armstrong & Ben Miller

 
Absolutely Productions for HTV Wales
Director Matt Lipsey

Comedy sketch show starring John Sparkles.

Holding The Baby: Series 1 1997
Granda Television for ITV
Producer Justin Judd
Director Matt Lipsey
Starring Nick Hancock & Joe Duttine

Comedy series about a single father.

Film
Director
Caught In The Act Feature
2008
Carnaby International
Producer Steve Speirs
Director Matt Lipsey
Writer Steve Speirs and Neil Salvage