Finding Alice will be ITV’s latest success story when it kicks off at 9 p.m. on Sunday (January 17, 2021). But what else did Simon Nye write?
The screenwriter and producer is behind some of the most memorable television series.
Here is everything you need to know!
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Who is Simon Nye?
Simon Nye, 62, is an English television writer who specializes in comedy drama.
He began his career as a translator and published translations of books on Richard Wagner, Henri Matisse and Georges Braque.
He wrote his first novel in 1989 with Men Behaving Badly.
The book was later turned into a TV show starring Martin Clunes, Leslie Ash, Caroline Quentin, and Neil Morrissey.
Men Behaving Badly’s first two series aired on ITV in 1992.
Simon also appeared on the show and briefly played a potential renter on the episode ‘Gary and Tony’.
He also played one of Gary’s friends, Clive, in the episode where Gary and Dorothy want to get married.
Men who misbehave
Men who misbehaved catapulted performers’ careers into the showbiz stratosphere.
The sitcom follows the lives of the beer-eating Gary Strang (played by Martin Clunes) and his roommate Tony Smart (Neil Morrissey).
Harry Enfield played as the roommate Dermot Povey in the first series until he was replaced by Neil.
Leslie Ash plays Deborah Burton, a blonde who lives in the apartment above Gary and Tony.
Caroline Quentin plays Dorothy Martin / Bishop, Gary’s outspoken friend.
She is a nurse who initially lives with her parents before moving in with Gary and Tony in the fifth series. She makes friends with Deborah early on.
The show was so successful that it became the most repetitive television show at the time.
What else did Simon Nye write?
Sussex born Simon has written dozen of popular television shows over the course of his career.
He’s probably best known for his sitcoms, including Is It Legal? with Imelda Staunton and Hardware with Martin Freeman.
But he has also written comedy dramas like Frank Stubbs Promotes, based on his 1991 novel Wideboy.
Simon also adapted The Railway Children in 2000 and has written ITV pantos, including Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella and Aladdin.
He also contributed an episode to the 2010 Doctor Who series entitled “Amy’s Choice”.
In 2009 he wrote the Reggie Perrin series with Martin Clunes.
More recently, Simon wrote ITV’s The Durrells, with Keeley Hawes as Louisa Durrell.
What is Finding Alice about?
Alice is from the same team behind The Durrells, including writer Simon Nye.
Keeley Hawes plays in the black comic drama about a newly widowed woman who reveals her partner’s secrets after his death.
Joanna Lumley and Nigel Havers play as Alice’s parents.
That’s TV gold right there.
The search for Alice begins on Sunday, January 17th at 9 p.m. on ITV.
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