Robin French

Playwright and writer for film and television
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Biography

Robin is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. He has twice been chosen as a Broadcast Hotshot (2006 and 2008). His short film Crocodile won production funding from the BFI and was nominated for a BIFA for Best British short. In 2014, the completed film went on to win awards at Cannes, Encounters, and Guanajuato festival in Mexico. Robin is currently writing a feature film about David Bowie and Iggy Pop, as well as developing new drama and comedy projects.

Robin's background is in theatre. His first play, Bear Hug, won the Royal Court Young Writer's Festival and was produced at the Royal Court in 2004, where it earned an extended run. With Anthony Neilson, Robin co-curated late night show The Get Out at The Royal Court. He is writer in residence for The Birmingham Rep, and under commission to The Royal Court.

Robin also writes film and television with long-time collaborator Kieron Quirke. Their hit sitcom Cuckoo, starring Greg Davies, was BBC3's highest ever comedy launch and has gone on to win a repeat run on BBC1 as well as nominations at BAFTA and the British Comedy Awards. Their credits also include creating and writing thirteen part US sitcom series Roommates (ABC Family) in 2009 and eight part mystery drama Trinity (ITV2) in 2009.

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TV

Writer & Creator

 

Third series of the hugely successful BBC sitcom Cuckoo

Roughcut for BBC One
In Development
 
Starring
  • Helen Baxendale
  • Greg Davies
  • Taylor Lautner
  • Esther Smith
  •  

    Cuckoo's long lost son arrives in Lichfield

    Roughcut for BBC3
     
     

    Co-written and created with Kieron Quirke

    Bwark for BBC
    In development
     
    Producer Ash Atalla
    Starring
  • Helen Baxendale
  • Greg Davies
  • Andy Samberg
  •  

    Sitcom co-created and written with Kieron Quirke about a young man's clash with his new wife's family

    Rough Cut for BBC3
     
    Producer Simon Maxwell
     
    Co-created and written with Kieron Quirke
    Red Arrow for BBC3
    In development
     
    Bash
    Pilot for 6 x 30'
    Producer Adam Bromley
    Director Dominic Brigstocke
    Starring
  • Susan Earl
  • Daisy Haggard
  • Rasmus Hardiker
  • Kevin McNally
  •  
    Co-written and created with Kieron Quirke
    BBC3
     
    Ineligible Batchelors
    Pilot for 6 x 30'
     
    Co-written and created with Kieron Quirke
    Tiger Aspect
    In development
     
    Saranormal
    Pilot for 8 x 30'
     
    Comedy, co-written and created with Kieron Quirke
    NBC
    In development
     
    Trinity
    8 x 60'
    Producer Ash Atalla
    Director Colin Teague
    Starring
  • Isabella Calthorpe
  • Christian Cooke
  • Charles Dance
  • Claire Skinner
  •  
    Comedy mystery series set in fictional Oxbridge college.  Co-created and written with Kieron Quirke
    Rough Cut for ITV 2
     
    The Phoenix
    Pilot for 6 x 30'
     

    Co-written and created with Kieron Quirke

    Warp
    In development
     

    Creator & Writer & Producer

    Roommates
    13 x 30'
    Starring
  • Dorian Brown
  • Tommy Dewey
  • Tyler Francavilla
  • Tamera Mowry
  •  
    American-set sitcom co-created and written with Kieron Quirke
    Acme Productions for ABC Family
     

    Writer

     
    Episode writer with Kieron Quirke on the animated sitcom
    Film Roman for ABC Family
     
    Producer Ash Atalla
    Director Richard Cantor
    Starring
  • Nick Frost
  • Daisy Haggard
  •  
    Sketch writer
    Talkback Thames for BBC3
     

    Creator & Writer

    Theatre

    Writer

    Creator Co-created with Anthony Nielson
    Writer Co-written with Anthony Nielson
     

    A new late-night revue style show conceived by writers Robin French and Anthony Neilson


    Royal Court Theatre
     
     
    Part of the Open Court season
    Royal Court Theatre
     
    Director Mike Bradwell
    Starring
  • James Bradshaw
  • Christopher Ettridge
  • Sean Hart
  • Elisabeth Hopper
  •  
    New commission for the Birmingham Repertory Theatre based on the Ibsen play Hedda Gabler opening Spring 2013
    Birmingham Repertory Theatre
     
     
    New commission for the Royal Court Theatre
    Royal Court Theatre
     
     
    In development with Paines Plough
     
    Director Tessa Walker
     
    Play for young people
    The Almeida
     
    Director Robert Wolstenholme
    Starring
  • Kate Burdette
  • William Chubb
  • Susan Sylvester
  • Ronan Vibert
  •  
    Hoxton Hall
     
    Producer Paines Plough
    Director Roxanna Silbert & George Perrin
    Writer Enda Walsh & Dennis Kelly
    Starring
  • Dennis Gough
  • Rachel Spence
  •  
    Co-written with Enda Walsh & Dennis Kelly
    Latitude Festival
     
    Producer Paines Plough
    Director Jennie Fellows
    Starring
  • Matthew Bulgo
  • Thom Fell
  • Hannah Gittos
  • Mike Tweddle
  •  
    Theatre 503
     
    Producer Paines Plough & The Royal Court
     
    Two plays produced in the pods of the London Eye as part of Flight 5065 to coincide with the G8 summit
    London Eye
     
    Director Ramin Gray
    Starring
  • Jonathan Coy
  • Helen Schlesinger
  •  
    A family deal with the consequences of their son turning into a bear
    The Royal Court Theatre
     

    Film

    Writer

    Director Bijan Sheibani
     

    Innovative collaboration between Royal Court writers and Guardian journalists to create "micro-plays" for broadcast on the Guardian website. 

    Robin French collaborates with Guardian journalist John Harris on the topic of MUSIC.

    Royal Court / The Guardian
    The Guardian
     
    Crocodile
    Canal Plus Award at Cannes, BIFA nomination for Best British Short 2014
    Producer Zorana Piggot
    Director Gaelle Denis
    Starring
  • Alex Macqueen
  • Justin Edwards
  •  
    A bereaved Headmaster fights a crocodile. 
    BFI
    011 Productions
     
     
    Film about David Bowie and Iggy Pop
    Altered Image
    In development
     
    Director Laurence Boswell
     
    Early Day Films
    In development
     
     
    Romantic comedy co-written with Kieron Quirke
    Working Title Films
    In development
     
    Producer John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky
     
    Co-written with Kieron Quirke

    In development
     

    Radio

    Writer

    Producer Sacha Yevtushenko
    Director George Perrin
     

    Celebration of Paines Plough's 40th Birthday.


    Broadcaster Radio 3
     

    Creator & Writer

    Jazz Dads
    Pilot for 6 x 30'
    2007
     
    Co-written and created with Kieron Quirke
    Production Company BBC Radio 4
    In development