Maurice Gran

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Maurice Gran
Born Maurice Bernard Gran
(1949-10-26) 26 October 1949 (age 66)
London, England
Occupation Scriptwriter
Nationality British
Period 1979–present
Genre Television
Notable works Holding the Fort (1980–82)
Roots (1981)
Shine on Harvey Moon (1982–85, 1995)
Relative Strangers (1985–87)
Roll Over Beethoven (1985–86)
The New Statesman (1987–92)
Birds of a Feather (1989–98, 2014–)
Snakes and Ladders (1989)
So You Think You've Got Troubles (1991)
Love Hurts (1992–94)
Get Back (1992–93)
Goodnight Sweetheart (1993–99)
Unfinished Business (1998–99)
Believe Nothing (2002)
Mumbai Calling (2007)

Maurice Bernard Gran (born 26 October 1949, London, England) is one half of scriptwriting duo Marks & Gran. He co-wrote popular sitcoms The New Statesman, Birds of a Feather and Goodnight Sweetheart with Laurence Marks. Their theatre works include Dreamboats and Petticoats, Save The Last Dance For Me and Dreamboats and Miniskirts.[1][2]


Gran lived in Finsbury Park Road as a child and his father was the manager of a fabric shop in Soho. He attended William Ellis School, a grammar school for boys in Highgate. He then rose to be the manager of the Job Centre in Tottenham, whilst writing scripts with Laurence Marks which they submitted to the BBC. The duo had begun writing together after they met at a discussion group for writers that was held within the British Drama League.[1] They were given the opportunity to write a radio show for Frankie Howerd after a chance meeting with Barry Took.[2] Gran is also the co-author of Prudence at Number 10, a fictional diary supposedly written by Gordon Brown's P.A.

Writing credits[edit]

Production Notes Broadcaster
The Marti Caine Show
  • 5 episodes (1980)
  • 6 episodes (co-written with Laurence Marks, 1981)
Holding the Fort
  • 20 episodes (co-written with Laurence Marks, 1980–1982)
Shine on Harvey Moon
  • 25 episodes (1982, 1984–1985, 1995)
Roll Over Beethoven
  • 12 episodes (1985–1986)
Relative Strangers
  • 3 episodes (co-written with Laurence Marks, 1985–1987)
Channel 4
The Bretts
  • 3 episodes (co-written with Laurence Marks, 1987)
Alan B'Stard Closes Down the BBC
  • Comic Relief special (co-written with Laurence Marks, 1988)
Young, Gifted and Broke
  • 7 episodes (co-written with Laurence Marks, 1989)
Snakes and Ladders
  • 7 episodes (co-written with Laurence Marks, 1989)
Channel 4
Birds of a Feather
  • 102 episodes (co-written with Laurence Marks, 1989–1994, 1996–1998)
Bullseye! N/A
So You Think You've Got Troubles
  • 6 episodes (co-written with Laurence Marks, 1991)
Screen One
  • "Wall of Silence" (co-written with Laurence Marks, 1993)
Get Back
  • 10 episodes (co-written with Laurence Marks, 1992–1993)
Love Hurts
  • 30 episodes (co-written with Laurence Marks, 1992–1994)
The New Statesman
  • 29 episodes (co-written with Laurence Marks, 1987–1992)
A. B'Stard Exposed
  • Television film (co-written with Laurence Marks, 1994)
Goodnight Sweetheart
  • 58 episodes (co-written with Laurence Marks, 1995–1999)
  • 4 episodes (co-written with Laurence Marks and Nicholas Mosley, 1998)
Channel 4
Unfinished Business
  • 12 episodes (co-written with Laurence Marks, 1998–1999)
Starting Out
  • 8 episodes (co-written with Laurence Marks, 1999)
Believe Nothing
  • 6 episodes (co-written with Laurence Marks, 2002)
The Last Laugh
  • "Pilot" (co-written with Laurence Marks, 2005)
BBC Three
Mumbai Calling ITV
Birds of a Feather

8 episodes (2014–):

  • "Gimme Shelter" (co-written with Laurence Marks, 2014)
  • "Hot Stuff" (co-written with Laurence Marks, 2014)
  • "Tattoo You" (co-written with Laurence Marks, 2014)
  • "Back to Zero" (co-written with Laurence Marks, 2014)
  • "Text Santa Special" (co-written with Laurence Marks, 2014)
  • "Birds on a Plane" (co-written with Laurence Marks, 2014)
  • "Guess Who's Coming to Essex?" (co-written with Laurence Marks, 2015)
  • "The Chief, The Cook, His Mum and Her Lodger" (co-written with Laurence Marks, 2015)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Category Result Reference
1990 British Academy Television Awards The New Statesman Best Comedy Series (with Tony Charles, Geoffrey Sax and Laurence Marks) Nominated
1991 British Academy Television Awards Best Comedy Series (with Tony Charles, Geoffrey Sax and Laurence Marks) Won


  1. ^ Marks & Gran at screenonline. Retrieved 30 January 2015
  2. ^ Marks and Gran at Camden New Journal. Retrieved 29 January 2015

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