Headshot cropped 600 pixels

Funny Head Shot 2 2010

Chortle Award Winner               Sony Nominee            BBC Audio Awards Finalist









(click on the one that interests you, or there are more detailed contents at the top of the page)

“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 (August 2019)

This month I presented a special edition of Radio 4 Extra’s Comedy Club, called The Circuit,  in which I took listeners on a guided tour of my beloved XS Malarkey. It is available to listen to here right now, so tell your friends. It’s a nice feature about the history of a comedy club that is very dear to me.

With producer Anne-Marie Luff introducing listeners to the world of XS Malarkey.

I have recorded another instalment of the ongoing Radio 4 exploits of Tinsel Girl, inspired by and starring Coronation Street‘s Cherylee Houston. It will be broadcast on Radio 4 on August 30th and details of it are here.

I was a panellist on Sarah Millican’s new Radio 4 series Elephant in the Room, last month, joining Annabel Giles, Lucy Beaumont and Evelyn Mok . It was good fun and I got some laughs, so phew! It’s on Listen Again until 17th August, here.

Recording Elephant on the Room at The Lowry with producer Leanne Coop, host Sarah Millican and guests Evelyn Mok, Annabel Giles and Lucy Beaumont.

I had to write two Guardian obituaries in quick succession as we said goodbye to Avon himself, Paul Darrow, and a man with a voice that could move mountains and woo angels, Stephen Thorne. I had the privilege of spending time with both men and enjoyed their company a lot – the acting profession owes them both a great deal.

The Season 10 Doctor Who Blu-Ray box is out now and features a documentary fronted by me called Looking For Lennie in which I try to find out all I can about the late Australian director Lennie Mayne, who died in tragic circumstances and before Doctor Who fandom had a chance to get to know him. It’s gone down very well and received some lovely reviews.

I go Looking For Lennie on the next Doctor Who Blu-Ray set, but will I find anything?

 I’ll be MCing XS Malarkey all month as usual. Each Tuesday we’ll have a fantastic line-up and our guests will include Elf Lyons, Abigoliah Schamaun and Lauren Pattison. Listings details are available at  the XS Malarkey Website.

And finally … I’m delighted to announce that for writing work I will now be represented by the Independent Talent Group, an illustrious agency and no mistake. Onwards!

2013-07-25 09.38.31

11 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.

  3. Hi Toby enjoying reading “running through corridors two” greatly ( when does vol 3 come out ? I hope the what between volumes isnt too long this time) but on page 119 you say Robert Holmes made up the word “Tellurian”. Sorry he didn’t make it up, it’s rooted in latin, meaning “things of or pertaining to the earth”
    One of the things I still love about Dr Who is it often sends me scurrying for the dictionary, though Robert Holmes does that more than most writers. He sent me to look “Tellurian” up when I watched the repeat in the five faces of Dr Who back in 81.
    When does the dvds of “moths” etc come out ?

    Best Wishes

    1. Ah, I sit corrected. Nice nugget of info, thanks. And thanks for reading.

      Not sure re: DVDs and Volume Three. Hopefully there latter won’t be as long: I prodded Rob the other day. Watch this space…

      1. Thank you for such wonderful readin g running through corridors Toby I’ve watched dr who since 63 and its such a joy to us to read rt c I’m still on 1 but wondering when 3 will be out know your so busy loved twice upon time dennis

  4. Hi Toby. I was deeply touched to see the In Memoriam video of Dr Who related people for 2017- it included my father Chick Anthony – twice ! He was also in the image of Chris Holcombe. I didn’t know he had died too. I remember my father mentioning him when I was a child. Could you send me the original pic the you circled Chris in please – and Chick is in the front row middle. I’ve not seen that shot before. Do you have any others by the way ? many thanks.

  5. Very pleased to hear you back on 4 Extra – you always make me laugh. I loved it when you riffed about Robert Lang – one of my favourite actors. I once met him in a petrol station – who could miss that voice. He was happy to be recognised.

    1. Thanks Jenny: glad my meandering actor-riffs are if interest to someone! Thanks for taking the trouble to leave a nice comment 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *