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Simon Nye (born 29 July 1958) is an English comic television writer, best known for creating the hit sitcom Men Behaving Badly, writing all of the four ITV Pantos, co-writing the 2006 film Flushed Away, creating the latest adaption of the Just William in the same-name CBBC series of 2010, and writing the drama series The Durrells.
He started his writing career as a translator, publishing translations of books on Richard Wagner, Henri Matisse and Georges Braque, before turning his hand to novel writing in 1989 with Men Behaving Badly. This was followed in 1991 by Wideboy, which he later adapted into the TV show Frank Stubbs Promotes.
Men Behaving Badly
Nye's TV writing career began in 1990 when he was persuaded by producer Beryl Vertue to adapt his first novel for the small screen. The two series of Men Behaving Badly was broadcast on ITV in 1992. The show soon went on to achieve critical and commercial success, winning the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Situation Comedy in 1995, and the Royal Television Society Award for Best Situation Comedy/Comedy Drama in 1996. The show became the most-repeated comedy show in the 1990s.
Nye also appeared in the show, briefly playing a prospective tenant in the episode "Gary and Tony". He also played one of Gary's friends, Clive, in the episode where Gary and Dorothy plan to get married.
Though best known for sitcoms – such as Is It Legal? (starring Imelda Staunton), How Do You Want Me? (starring Charlotte Coleman and Dylan Moran), Hardware (starring Martin Freeman) and Carrie and Barry (a semi-sequel to Men Behaving Badly starring Neil Morrissey as a matured Tony in all but name) – he has also written comedy dramas such as Frank Stubbs Promotes (1993–1994), as well as literary adaptations such as The Railway Children (2000). In addition, he has written a number of comic adaptations of pantomimes including Jack and the Beanstalk (25 December 1998), Cinderella (2 January 2000), Aladdin (25 December 2000), and Dick Whittington (1 January 2002). He also wrote the short-lived 2001 sitcom The Savages, and contributed an episode to the 2010 series of Doctor Who, titled "Amy's Choice."
Nye also continues to write translations, focusing in recent years on dramatic works. His translation of Molière's Don Juan was first performed at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield in 2001, and his translation of Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in London in 2003.
He also wrote a pilot episode Felix and Murdo, which starred Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller.
In 2016 Nye achieved considerable success as the writer of ITV's The Durrells. an adaptation of Gerald Durrell's Corfu Trilogy, starring Keeley Hawes as Louisa Durrell. The series (which has already been recommissioned ) is the second time Nye has brought the Durrell family to the small screen having adapted My Family And Other Animals as a one-off television Drama film for the BBC in 2005.
- The Sex Pistols Vs. Bill Grundy (2018)
- The Durrells (2016–present)
- Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This (2014)
- Just William (2010)
- Doctor Who – Amy's Choice (2010)
- Reggie Perrin (2009–2010), with David Nobbs)
- My Family And Other Animals (2005)
- Carrie and Barry (2004-2005)
- Hardware (2003–2004)
- Wild West (2002–2004)
- The Savages (2001)
- Beast (2000–2001)
- The Railway Children (2000 film) (2000)
- How Do You Want Me? (1998–1999)
- Is It Legal? (1995–1998)
- Frank Stubbs Promotes (1993–1994)
- Men Behaving Badly (1992–1998)
- Accidental Death of an Anarchist (2003) ISBN 0-413-77342-6
- Matisse: The Graphic Work (1988) ISBN 0-8478-0932-3
- Georges Braque: Life and Work (1988) ISBN 0-8478-0986-2
- Vienna Opera (1987) ISBN 0-8478-0811-4