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Simon Nye - Writer

Simon Nye was born in 1958 in Burgess Hill, Sussex.

He translated books on Wagner, Matisse and Braque before turning in his late twenties to fiction, publishing two novels.

He started writing for TV in 1990, adapting his first novel Men Behaving Badly into a situation comedy produced by Hartswood Films.

The show transferred to BBC ONE for the third series when the ITV Network failed to re-commission despite the series winning the British Comedy Award for Best ITV Comedy.

Men Behaving Badly went on to win a raft of awards including the 1996 Royal Television Society Award for Best Situation Comedy/Comedy Drama and became the most-repeated comedy show in the 1990s.

Simon Nye also won the 1995 Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Situation Comedy, and in 1996 was nominated for both Men Behaving Badly and Is It Legal?

Men Behaving Badly bowed out at Christmas 1998 after six series and several Christmas specials.

Simon was executive consultant on the American version of Men Behaving Badly, which was based on the UK series.

Over 30 episodes were broadcast on NBC TV.

His comedy drama series Frank Stubbs Promotes, starring Timothy Spall as a low-life wheeler-dealer-cum-ticket-tout, was based on his second novel Wideboy. Two series were broadcast.

Is It Legal? - produced by Hartswood Films - ran to two series on network ITV and a third on Channel 4 and won the Best ITV Sitcom Award at the British Comedy Awards.

True Love, a one-hour romantic comedy film produced by Granada TV, starred Emma Wray.

Simon adapted it into the comedy-drama My Wonderful Life, which ran for three series.

His critically acclaimed comedy drama series How Do You Want Me?, starring Dylan Moran, screened on BBC TWO and ran for two series.

Simon has written four pantomimes for ITV. Jack And The Beanstalk, Cinderella starring Frank Skinner, Aladdin starring Martin Clunes and Dick Whittington.

Simon adapted The Railway Children into a two-hour film for ITV.

He also adapted Pollyanna.

Two series of Beast, a sitcom set in a vets' practice, were shown on BBC ONE as was Simon's family comedy for Hartswood Films, The Savages.

Simon translated Don Juan for a production at the Sheffield Crucible. The Theatre Royal, Bath produced the play again this summer.

His translation of Accidental Death Of An Anarchist took London's Donmar Warehouse by storm.

Simon's comedy Wild West, starring Dawn French and filmed in Cornwall, ran for two series on BBC ONE and his Bafta-nominated sitcom Hardware is gearing up for a third series on ITV.

Two other projects have already been filmed: Pride, a film for the BBC featuring real lions and computer animation, and Beauty, a one-off comedy drama based on Beauty & the Beast starring Martin Clunes, for ITV.

Tunnel Of Love, a 90-minute film for ITV starring Jack Dee, is currently in production.

Current projects include changed-format deals in the UK to remake Simon's UK series The Savages with CBS and Hardware with ABC.

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