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“Superior stand-up skills – very, very funny” – The Guardian

“Likeable, self-deprecating and armed with impeccable timing” – The Dubliner

“A comedy genius” – Metro

LATEST UPDATES (November 2016):

I am in the latest batch of JB Shorts – six short plays by established writers. Mine is by James and Aileen Quinn and I have the pleasure of acting alongside the very talented actresses Danielle Henry and Amy Gavin. It’s a 53Two in Manchester  and runs from 1st-12th November, but get your tickets in advance!

The JB Shorts Company (picture: Brainne Edge)
The JB Shorts Company (picture: Brainne Edge)

Power of the Daleks comes to DVD and download this month: the lost story has been animated (to the original soundtrack) so that we can enjoy it on the 50th anniversary of its only UK broadcast. I was lucky enough to host the commentary track which features many original cast and crew plus the animators and a few modern VIPs with Dalek connections. I will also host the press launch on November 3rd. It is available first from the BBC Store.

I have been commissioned to write another play for Radio 4. It won’t be recorded until next year (I have to write it first!) but the provisional title is Grand Designs of the Third Kind. Thrilled to be embarking on another one – which will again be produced by Charlotte Riches for the Afternoon Play slot.

My Guardian obituary for dear Terence Bayler can be found here.

Volume Two of Running Through Corridors will be out by the end of the year, whilst Dead Funny: Encore (a volume of short horror stories by comedians which features a piece by me nestling amongst works by more estimable types like Stewart Lee, James Acaster, Robin Ince and Rufus Hound) is out now.

Thanks to everyone who sponsored me for my 10k wheeze, sorry, run. Everyone’s generosity amounted to over £5,000 for the Psoriasis Association, which exceeded my expectations.

I recently performed in two short films – Fuzzy directed by John Kelly and Appraisal directed by James Peaty. They will be out and about soon I think.

With director James Peaty and actor Christopher Sciueref during filming for The Appraisal. Photo © Stuart Peaty.
With director James Peaty and actor Christopher Sciueref during filming for The Appraisal. Photo © Stuart Peaty, used with thanks.

OLD NEWS BUT STILL PERTINENT – I set myself an enormous task in 2013 – to interview someone from every single televised Doctor Who story. These are being broadcast as a series of podcasts, found here. I outline my plan here. Updates are here.

If you have worked on Doctor Who or know someone who has, this is the page that should be read : HERE!

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4 thoughts on “Home”

  1. Hi Toby,

    I really enjoyed your radio 4 play (say that phrase rather quickly for instant hilarity…). Impressive juggling act between daft jokes and real emotion – with a soupcon of who-isms for the cognoscenti. Cheers!

    Dave McG

  2. Adored your play “The Man Who Fell to Earth”. It became quite sad towards the end – for those of us who have lost our parents will know. All in all, great stuff indeed.

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