In my early 20s, I wrote a comedy stage play that was produced at the Kings Head, Islington – THE MAN WHO KNEW.
Then I scripted a satire about the motor industry which was taken to the Edinburgh Festival – THE CARBON MONOXIDE COMEDY HOUR.
My first contribution to children’s entertainment was setting up a Saturday morning presentation slot on ATV in the Midlands. This became TISWAS.
I then wrote for the ATV children’s comedy-drama series THE KIDS FROM 47A.
Next, I was invited to write an educational book for young children, ALONG THE SEASHORE, for the Evans Green Rainbow series.
For six years I was the producer of Children’s ITV, the packaged linking of kids’ shows on ITV welcoming many celebrity presenters and guests, ranging from Roland Rat to Kylie Minogue.
I later developed a 13-part children’s comedy drama series for ITV about an English schoolgirl – MINTY, who discovers she has a double who is an Australian pop star. The teenagers swop roles with hilarious consequences.
Next, something for the grown-ups – a comedy show about an Italian restaurant in Birmingham – SPAGHETTI JUNCTION.
Then, for the BBC, I became a team writer on CALL MY BLUFF, the popular BBC1 TV panel game.
Soon after that I devised, researched and wrote the M5, M6 and M4 SIGHTS GUIDES.
This led to me helping ‘Flog It’ presenter Paul Martin draft his ‘BRITAIN’ title for Sutton Publishing.
Next, I penned the children’s comic fantasy BIG BIG SECRETS.
Most recently I shaped up a fresh history of military flying in World War Two – OF SONS AND SKIES.