Robert Evans (writer)
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Born in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, in southeast Wales, he graduated in English and publishing at Oxford Brookes University, completed a postgraduate degree in English and drama at Cardiff University, then trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama where he gained his masters. In 2002, he began writing professionally. His first play, Leslie's Electric Video, was developed by Sgript Cymru in 2002. Mary's in the Shed was produced and published by the same company in 2003. His first TV comedy miniseries, The Watkins Report, was produced by Bethan Jones and directed by Rhys Powys for BBC 2W in 2005. In 2007, Evans’s comedy mockumentary series, Cynthia, was produced and directed by Gareth Gwenlan for BBC Wales. He also wrote for the hit BBC One sitcom Green Green Grass and edited the script for the new series of the BAFTA and RTS award winning children's comedy Young Dracula (also for BBC One).
CBBC, BAFTA and Starz
In 2010, a series of thirteen 30 minute episodes of Evans' sitcom, Sadie J, was commissioned by CBBC. Series one of Sadie J began transmitting on 14 January 2011 at 5.25pm on the CBBC Channel. The show was nominated for a children's BAFTA in the best comedy category in the same year. Series two started on 25 January 2012, also on CBBC. Series three was commissioned shortly afterwards and began transmitting in January 2013. This brings the total episode count to 39. In September 2012, it was announced that Sadie J had been sold to the US cable channel Starz. The series began transmitting there in Autumn 2013. Evans is also an actor and has made several cameo appearances in the show as Captain Skylo, star of the fictional TV sci-fi show Space Cargo.
Stella and Ruth Jones
In January 2011, Evans revealed in an interview with The Western Mail that he had been commissioned to write two episodes of Stella, a new comedy drama created by and starring Ruth Jones of Gavin & Stacey. Following the success of the first series of Stella, a second series was commissioned in January 2012 and televised in January 2013. Series three was televised in January 2014. Evans has been part of the writing team on every series thus far. He also appears in the series (from season two onwards) as the funeral director, Gwyn Thomas. Now in its sixth season, the series has becomes a bona fide hit with critics and audiences alike. It has also won multiple BAFTA awards, along with being nominated for RTS and Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.
Edge of Heaven
On 20 June 2013, it was reported in Broadcast, the TV industry magazine, that Evans has created, written and will appear in his own series of six 60-minute shows for ITV. The show is called Edge of Heaven and is set in a 1980s inspired B&B in Margate. Camille Coduri from Dr Who will play the B&B landlady Judy, with Nitin Kundra from Celebrity Juice as her husband Tandeep and Blake Harrison from Inbetweeners as her son Alfie. After being jilted by his bride-to-be at the altar, Alfie turns to his family for support - including his nanny Mo, played by Marcia Warren; his sister Ann Marie, played by Laura Checkley; and his uncles, played by Gavin & Stacey's Adrian Scarborough and writer Robert Evans.
Disney and Miranda Hart
After writing on the hit Disney series 'The Lodge' in 2016, Evans teamed up with comedy writer and star Miranda Hart to create a show for Disney Europe. It was announced on 13 February 2017 on the British Comedy Guide website that Evans and Hart had collaborated on a ten part comedy series. Miranda Hart says of the show: "I hope kids everywhere will be enchanted by lovely, funny Sammy who gets herself in to many silly scrapes and adventures, much to our delight. With the show set in the intriguing world of tween vlogging, it is a perfect fit that So Sammy has its platform on the Disney Channel app." This is the first time Disney have commissioned original content for their app. Helene Etzi from the company says: "The series demonstrates our commitment to creating shows that resonate with our local audiences and are made in a format that is convenient for them, whether that's in the comfort of their own home or while they're on the go."
- "BAFTA Awards Search | BAFTA Awards". Retrieved July 7, 2014.
- Robert Evans at the Internet Movie Database