ALAN STAFFORD – COMEDY WRITER


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HQ (PNP/BBC Radio 2)

On sketch writing team.  Performers: Roy Hudd, David Quantick, Anita Dobson, Kevin Eldon.  Producer: Lucy Armitage.  First broadcast 8th January 2011, repeated May.

THE NEWS QUIZ (BBC Radio 4, BBC7)

Commissioned writer in May 2008.  Performer: Sandi Toksvig.  Producer: Ed Morrish.

PARSONS AND NAYLOR'S PULL-OUT SECTIONS (BBC Radio 2, BBC7)

Commissioned writer for 6 series and 1 special. Sketch and stand-up material on 7 series and 2 specials.  Performers: Andy Parsons, Henry Naylor, Richie Webb, Julia Morris, Jackie Clune.  Producers: Carol Smith, Katie Tyrrell, Claire Jones, Gareth Edwards.

PUNT AND DENNIS: IT'S BEEN A BAD WEEK (Celador/BBC Radio 2)

Commissioned writer for 6 series. Sketches and gags on 8 series.  Performers: Steve Punt, Hugh Dennis, Sue Perkins, Toby Longworth, Simon Greenall, Mitch Benn, Laura Shavin, Tracy-Ann Oberman.  Producer: Nick Canner.

BARRY CRYER'S COMEDY GREATS (BBC7)

Several news gags from Week Ending.  Performers: David Tate, Daniel Strauss.  Producer: Diane Messias.

THE RIGHT TIME (BBC Radio 4)

Many sketches over 2 series.  Performers: Graeme Garden, Clive Swift, Paula Wilcox, Eleanor Bron, Roger Blake.  Producers: Katie Marsden, Claire Jones

THE GRIFF RHYS JONES SHOW (Talkback/BBC Radio 2)

Regular sketch and gag writer for the series.  Performers: Griff Rhys Jones, Russ Abbot, Simon Godley, Geoffrey McGivern.  Producer: Nick Canner.

THE NEWS HUDDLINES and CHRISTMAS WITH THE NEWS HUDDLINES (BBC Radio 2)

Commissioned gag and sketch writer. Gags on 10 series, sketches on 6 series.  Performers: Roy Hudd, June Whitfield, Chris Emmett.  Producers: Carol Smith, Steve Doherty and others.

LOOSE ENDS (BBC Radio 4)

Commissioned writer of news monologues.  Performer: Ned Sherrin.  Producers: Chris Wilson, Mairi Russell.

THE RUSS ABBOT SHOW (Celador/BBC Radio 2)

Sketch writer for 2 series. Created regular character of ham actor Sir Teddington Lock for 4 sketches plus several others.  Performers: Russ Abbot, Bella Emberg, Suzy Aitchison, Chris Emmett, Jeffrey Holland.  Producer: Dirk Maggs.

THE TREATMENT (BBC Radio 5 Live)

Topical sketch and gag contributor.  Performers: Stuart Maconie, Laura Shavin, Toby Longworth.  Script Editor: Kevin Day.

NIGHTCAP (BBC Radio 2)

Regular sketch writer throughout series.  Performers: Peter Dickson, Sarah Thomas, Neil Mullarkey, Nick Wilton, Caroline Gruber, Chris Emmett, Jon Glover, Phil Cornwell, Phil Nice and others.  Producers: Mark Robson, Harry Thompson.

WEEK ENDING (BBC Radio 4) and TWO CHEERS FOR ... (BBC World Service)

Writer of topical gags for 9 series of Week Ending (4 series with Bridget A. Leathley and 1 series with Andrea Davidson) and two editions of Two Cheers For ...  Performers: Bill Wallis, David Tate, Jon Glover, Sally Grace, Alistair McGowan, Daniel Strauss, Jeffrey Holland, David Hale, Toby Longworth.  Producers: Jo Clegg, Jane Berthoud, Aled Evans, Jon Naismith, Gareth Edwards, Diane Messias, Paul Schlesinger, Harry Thompson, Armando Ianucci, Neil Cargill, Bill Dare, Lissa Evans, Andy Wilson, Dan Patterson

THICK FAST PANTS (Radio 4 commissioned pilot script)

Invited sketch contributor.