Steve Coombes

 

Steve began writing stand up, comedy and plays and spent a large part of the 1980s touring Britain and Europe with the ‘Keen But Nervous Theatre Company’, which he also managed.  They performed regularly at the Edinburgh Fringe and Glastonbury.

His first television commission was an episode of Jake’s Journey, a series created by the legendary Python, Graham Chapman, for CBS/FOX.  Since then, Steve has written episodes for a host of comedy and drama hits, including 6 series of Lovejoy with Ian Mcshane, Birds of a Feather, Frank Stubbs Presents with Tim Spall and Ashley Sharpe, Roughnecks, New Tricks and Hustle.  During which time he has been nominated for various awards including RTS, BAFTA and the British Comedy Awards and he won the Society of Authors’ Imison Award for best new radio play in 2005.

In 2004, Steve’s original 12 part television series Outlaws, starring Phil Daniels as an ambulance-chasing duty solicitor, was shown on BBC3 and repeated on BBC2.  The series was praised by critics, enjoyed by audiences and was nominated for a BAFTA award.   The Guardian described it as ‘darkly brilliant’ and The Sun said it was ‘brilliantly dark’.

Steve is currently developing a number of projects, including Rusk, a 120 minute film for Kudos/Sky; and Clubland, a 5 x 1 hour crime series set in Thanet for ITV studios. Earlier this year Steve completed his first novel, The Sugar Tree, and he is now writing a second.  Steve also sporadically reviews books for various magazines and journals, including the New York Review of Books where he was asked to respond the factual accuracy of James H Jones’ hostile biography of Alfred Kinsey.

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