PAUL BASSETT DAVIES
Paul founded Crystal Theatre, whose pioneering multimedia work was acclaimed in Britain and Europe. He went on to create a series of one-man shows, some of which won awards at the Edinburgh Festival fringe, before becoming an author, screenwriter and broadcaster.
Paul wrote the screenplay for the feature animation film The Magic Roundabout' and has been working on a film about counter-culture comic book heroes 'The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers', with their creator, comics legend Gilbert Shelton. He has also written and directed award-winning short films. On TV and radio Paul has worked with some of the biggest names in British comedy and has had two of his own sitcoms on BBC radio. His radio plays have starred Bill Nighy, David Hemmings, Alison Steadman and Martin Clunes. He has also scripted several music videos. He once worked with Spike Milligan, twice.
Paul's first book Utter Folly' ("A very funny novel" – Jack Dee) topped the Amazon Humorous Fiction chart, and was optioned for TV. His story The Spots is one of Six Scary Stories, Selected and Introduced by Stephen King, published by Hodder. His new novel, Dead Writers in Rehab was published recently.
For Euroscript Paul teaches Comedy Writing, Writing for Radio, an Adaptation workshop. And he is your first point of call if you need to phone us.
Q: What’s the worst film you could be stuck with on a desert island?
A: Love Story. Because I'd end up despising myself for crying at the end, every time.
Q: What do you think is the funniest TV comedy?
A: Family Guy for cartoons, Curb Your Enthusiasm for live action. Although Larry David is a kind of human cartoon character.
Q: Who’s the most irritating TV personality?
A: Piers Morgan. If humankind is advanced enough to send a man to the moon, can't we send another one, make it Piers Morgan, and then cancel the space programme?
Q: Who’s your favourite director?
A: Stanley Kubrick. I love all his work, especially the film most people don't like: Barry Lyndon, a masterpiece.
Q: What’s the fictional journey you’d most like to take?
A: Easy Rider. But with a happy ending, where the rednecks drop acid and the protagonists (I'm Dennis Hopper) don't get shot.