Sam Bain (born 1971) is a British comedy writer, best known for the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show. He is a graduate of the University of Manchester, where he met his writing partner Jesse Armstrong.
Collaborations with Jesse Armstrong
At the beginning of their writing career, Bain and Armstrong wrote for the Channel 4 sketch show Smack the Pony and the children's shows The Queen's Nose and My Parents Are Aliens. They went on to create and write Peep Show, BBC One sitcom The Old Guys, and most recently Channel 4 comedy-drama Fresh Meat. They also wrote for the Radio Four sketch show That Mitchell and Webb Sound, starring Peep Show's two main actors David Mitchell and Robert Webb, and its BBC Two adaptation That Mitchell and Webb Look. Peep Show has won several writing awards, including a BAFTA for Best Situation Comedy in 2008.
Bain and Armstrong received the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award at the British Comedy Awards 2010. In 2012 both Bain and Armstrong were featured on the TV industry journal Broadcast's 'Hot 100' list, highlighting the most successful people in UK television.
Bain and Armstrong's latest project is their Channel 4 comedy pilot Bad Sugar, a spoof of Dynasty-style soap operas, which stars Olivia Colman, Julia Davis and Sharon Horgan, all of whom also co-conceived the show.
Bain wrote the novel Yours Truly, Pierre Stone, which was published by IMP Fiction in 2002.
In July 2012 it was reported that Bain is developing a sketch show for satellite broadcaster Sky, in which 'unlikely celebrity couples' appear in sketches together.
Bain is married to actress/screenwriter Wendy Bain. He was educated at St Paul's School, where he was a classmate of future Chancellor George Osborne. His father was TV director Bill Bain and his mother, Rosemary Frankau, co-starred in the sitcom Terry and June. Through his mother, Bain is related to a long line of noted British comedians and writers, including his grandfather Ronald Frankau, his great-grandmother Julia Davis and cousin Pamela Frankau.
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