Tom Collinson is a writer and director and has made programmes for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.
He created, wrote and directed two series of the sitcom Self Storage for Radio 4 starring Reece Shearsmith and Mark Heap, which the Times called, “A Beckettian examination of the parameters of solitude with plenty of wry laughs” which was nice of ’em! It was also Pick of the Day in the Guardian, Metro and featured on Radio 4’s Pick of the Week.
He has written sketches for the 2018 series of Tracey Breaks the News for BBC 1, and his sketch show pilot, Countryphile, starring Rufus Jones was produced by Radio 4. He has had sitcom scripts optioned by the BBC, Tidy Productions and Tiger Aspect.
He has written and directed several short films which have played in festivals worldwide and has written two comedy feature film scripts. He has just finished directing a Brexit parody film starring Liam Hourican as Jacob Rees Mogg – watch it here. He also directed and was a contributing writer on Liam’s Edinburgh show The Anti Social Network, a rom-com with fighting.
His short plays include Percy performed at Southwark Playhouse, (“Surprising, heart breaking and cleverly witty” Scatter of Opinion), Croissant starring Mark Watson at The Pleasance, (****The List), and In a Box which won the panel award for Writing, panel award for Best Ensemble and the Audience Award for Best Play at the Off Cut Festival at the Riverside Studios, (Panel chair Moira Buffini). The Arcola recently produced a night of his short plays called Strands.
He is currently developing a sitcom pilot starring Mat Horne, as well as two other sitcom scripts and a one act play.
Tom’s showreel of his directing and writing work can be seen here.