Rob Grant

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Rob Grant
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Grant at a book signing.
Born Salford, England
Occupation Novelist, screenwriter and television producer.
Period 1982–present
Genre Comedy, drama, adventure, science fiction

Robert Grant is an English comedy writer and television producer, who was born in Salford and studied Psychology at Liverpool University for two years.

In the mid-1980s, Grant collaborated with co-writer Doug Naylor on radio programmes such as Cliché and its sequel Son Of Cliché, Wrinkles for Radio 4 and television programmes such as Spitting Image, The 10 Percenters, and various projects for Jasper Carrott.

The 'Grant Naylor' collaboration, as it had become known, created the cult science-fiction comedy series, Red Dwarf, which evolved from Dave Hollins: Space Cadet, a recurring sketch within Son Of Cliché. Grant was briefly seen (uncredited) in an episode of Red Dwarf entitled "Backwards" (1989), as a man who 'un-smoked' a cigarette.

In the mid-1990s, the 'Grant Naylor' collaboration was ended when Grant left Red Dwarf after the sixth series, citing creative differences ("... it was basically 'musical differences' ...") with Doug Naylor.[1] His main reason however, he said, was that he 'wished to have more on his 'tombstone' than Red Dwarf on its own'.

Since Red Dwarf, Grant has written two television series, The Strangerers and Dark Ages, and four solo novels, his most recent being Fat, a satirical look at how obesity is looked upon by society and the media.

Aside from his written works, Grant has recently taken up the mic on the stand-up comedy circuit with his wryly observed take on life.

Writing credits[edit]

Production Notes Broadcaster
Carrott's Lib
  • Unknown episodes (1982)
BBC1
Pushing Up Daisies
  • Unknown episodes (1984)
Channel 4
Spitting Image
  • 16 episodes (co-written with Doug Naylor, 1985–1986)
ITV
Comic Relief
  • "Spitting Image's Royal Address" (co-written with Doug Naylor, Ian Hislop, Nick Newman and Geoffrey Perkins, 1986)
BBC1
Spitting Image: Down and Out in the White House
  • Television film (co-written with Doug Naylor, 1986)
ITV
Spitting Image: The Ronnie and Nancy Show
  • Short film (co-written with Doug Naylor, 1987)
ITV
Spitting Image: The 1987 Movie Awards
  • Television film (co-written with Doug Naylor, 1987)
ITV
Red Dwarf
  • 36 episodes (co-written with Doug Naylor, 1988–1995)
BBC2
Red Dwarf USA
  • Unaired pilot (co-written with Doug Naylor, 1992)
NBC
Carlton Playhouse
  • "The 10%ers: Pilot" (co-written with Doug Naylor, 1993)
ITV
Dark Ages
  • "Vikings" (1999)
  • "Vile Vole Pie" (1999)
  • "War" (1999)
  • "The End of the World" (1999)
  • "Witch" (1999)
ITV
The Strangerers
  • 9 episodes (2000)
Sky One

Bibliography[edit]

  • Red Dwarf (1989), co-written with Doug Naylor (published under the joint pseudonym Grant Naylor); sometimes referred to as Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers.
  • Better Than Life (1990), co-written with Doug Naylor (published under the joint pseudonym Grant Naylor).
  • Primordial Soup (1993), co-written with Doug Naylor (collection of scripts from the TV show Red Dwarf)
  • Son Of Soup (1996), co-written with Doug Naylor (second volume of Red Dwarf scripts)
  • Scenes From The Dwarf (1996), co-written with Doug Naylor (Making of Red Dwarf)
  • Backwards (1996), a sequel to Better Than Life.
  • Colony (2000), a science fiction story about a colony that has long since lost its way.
  • Incompetence (2003), a wry detective story set in the near future where it is illegal to discriminate for any reason, even competence.
  • Fat (2006), a darkly comic novel about how the media portrays obesity and its effects on today's society.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rob Grant on CarPool at 21:07". blip.tv/file/3138359. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 

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