Colm Tobin

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This article is about the screenwriter and television producer. For novelist, see Colm Tóibín.
Colm Tobin
Born Ardfield, Ireland
Occupation Screenwriter, television producer

Colm Tobin is an Irish screenwriter and television producer known for his work on Irish Pictorial Weekly, Langerland.TV, Science Fiction,[1] and Brain Freeze.[2] He grew up in Ardfield and spent his youth as a musical performer. During college, he studied law. Although he never practiced as a lawyer, he gained an appreciation for politics from these studies, which would later influence his style of humor. Since 2006, Tobin has worked with Kite Entertainment, as one of the creators of the animated television series Langerland.TV and the stage production Anglo the Musical. The former is based on the satirical website[3][4] and airs in ten-minute installments on RTÉ Two.[5] A Daily Mail profile of RTÉ Two singled out Langlerland.TV as one of the channel's popular shows,[6] although a review in The Herald called the series' animation and humor both "rudimentary".[7] Langerland.TV is aimed at adult audiences. However, Tobin has also worked as a writer on two children's animated series: Science Fiction and Brain Freeze.[1][2] He helped to create the latter, which Aardman Animations has distributed.[2] Tobin has said that writing for children differs from writing for adults, in that with children, "you have to focus on actually entertaining the audience without resorting to controversy or shock."[1] Tobin has contributed content to the Irish Times and is popular on Twitter, where he has made a point to emphasize that he is not Colm Tóibín, the famous Irish author.[8] He currently resides in Dublin.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Roisin Burke (7 February 2013). "Cork Profile Colm Tobin". Cork Independent. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Julie Brown (18 September 2013). "Kite Entertainment's 'Brain Freeze' Commissioned by CBBC". Irish Film and Television Network. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Whitington, Paul (6 September 2008). "Schindler's List". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 
  4. ^ "RTE cooks up an appetising drama". Evening Herald. Independent News & Media. 9 September 2008. 
  5. ^ Whitington, Paul (15 November 2008). "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 
  6. ^ Christine Cullen (November 1, 2007). "Two's Company; Compulsive Viewing: RTE Two, Home to Podge and Rodge with Sidekick Lucy Kennedy, Was Launched in 1978". Daily Mail. Retrieved May 23, 2016.   – via HighBeam (subscription required)
  7. ^ "RTE cooks up an appetising drama". The Herald. 9 September 2008. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Mark O'Connell (12 March 2011). "Getting along famously". The Irish Times. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 

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