Ian Davidson (scriptwriter)

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Ian Davidson is a British scriptwriter who also acted, directed and produced in television and the theatre from the 1960's. After performing and writing with Michael Palin and Terry Jones at Oxford University - his first BBC writing credit was for 'That Was the Week That Was' in 1963 - he became an actor at The Second City in Chicago. Returning to the UK, he worked for Ned Sherrin (as a film director) and David Frost, and then began a lifelong association with Barry Humphries as a writer and director. He appears, briefly, in many of the Monty Python's Flying Circus episodes - notably as a Dead Indian On a Pile of Dung, and as a news reporter who interrupts a sketch to say that it's his first time appearing on television. He was Script Editor of 'The Two Ronnies' from 1978-83 and with Peter Vincent wrote seven series of the sitcom 'Sorry'. With Vincent he also wrote for Dave Allen, 'The Brittas Empire' and 'Comrade Dad'. With John Chapman he wrote 'French Fields' for Thames Television. In 2013, Vincent and Davidson wrote 'When the Dog Dies' for Radio4.

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