Ed Cripps
Ed is a freelance screenwriter, journalist and story consultant. His TV CV includes Episodes, Fresh Meat and Made in Chelsea (his first series of which won a BAFTA). In 2015 he came second in The Observer's Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism.

He's now developing several scripted comedy projects, mostly with his writing partner Ivo Graham. You can find more of his work here.

Entries by Ed Cripps

Adam Buxton & Scroobius Pip: Podcast Masters

(0) Comments | Posted 16 May 2016 | (09:25)

The future of the celebrity interview is on podcasts and two genre-resistant Brits are at the vanguard. Adam Buxton is a comedian, actor, writer, musician, music video director, broadcaster and half of an adored double-act, Scroobius Pip a spoken-word poet, hip-hop artist, broadcaster and now actor. Both have...

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CUMBO: A Vimeo 'Marion and Geoff'

(1) Comments | Posted 21 March 2016 | (10:02)

Steve "Cumbo" Cumberland is the creation of comedian David Earl, a scene-stealer known to many as crass pisshead Kevin in Derek and café-perv Brian Gittins. But gigless media personality Cumbo, who now has his own Vimeo series, owes more to Ricky Gervais's earlier work: it is...

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'This Is England': Sins of the Father

(1) Comments | Posted 8 October 2015 | (00:00)

"Erect yourselves."

(Woody, This Is England '90)

This Is England is the most important British drama of the century so far. Following the M*A*S*H model of the film-turned-TV series, writer-director Shane Meadows has fashioned a blood-boltered, tonally infinite epic poem of Thatcherite Britain. A stethoscope to the country's...

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David Constantine: The Bleak Satisfaction Of Clear Sentences

(0) Comments | Posted 22 September 2015 | (18:38)

David Constantine is one of Britain's most underrated writers. A winner of the BBC National Short Story Award and the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, his balance of the lyrical and the sparse echoes John Williams, James Salter and John McGahern. His story...

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'45 Years': A Modern Classic Of British Cinema

(0) Comments | Posted 21 August 2015 | (11:47)

Andrew Haigh is one of Britain's most emotionally intelligent auteurs. His breakthrough second feature Weekend was an exceptionally nuanced tale of risk, romance and urban dislocation with tones as elegant as John Cheever and Brief Encounter. Looking, his HBO comedy-drama about three...

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'Eden': Flaubert Meets Daft Punk

(0) Comments | Posted 5 August 2015 | (19:25)

Mia Hansen-Løve is, at thirty-four, the most measured prodigy in contemporary French cinema. After her breakthrough second feature The Father Of My Children (a classy, mature disquisition on family, money and depression) and Goodbye First Love (a Rohmerian swoon to young romance), her new...

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Pixar's 'Inside Out': The Importance of Being Sad

(0) Comments | Posted 17 July 2015 | (17:46)

O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall

Frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed.

(Gerard Manley Hopkins)

In the mad feudal kingdom of the blockbuster, where the franchise mainstream goes round and round like a moat clotted on its own conservatism, Pixar is the gentle genius, the cagey goose...

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'The Comeback': The Most Underrated Comedy of Modern Times

(0) Comments | Posted 24 January 2015 | (13:50)

"Did we force ourselves on you, or you on us?"

(Goethe, Faust: Part One)

The best television about television is the saddest. Larry Sanders is the Great American Sitcom, a sourly unimpeachable Moby Dick of shaded, disconsolate shits. The closest British equivalent, Alan Partridge, gets even better...

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'Mistaken for Strangers': The National of Music Documentaries

(0) Comments | Posted 29 June 2014 | (11:43)


"What makes you think I'm enjoying being led to the flood?"

(The National, 'Runaway')

The National are the most rigorous, literary and intensely elegant of contemporary American bands, a seething equipoise of baritone potency, earnest oddness and dark, drifting lyricism. They...

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The Stag Do: A Beta Male's Take

(0) Comments | Posted 23 June 2014 | (11:15)

"I know thee, though thou art all filthy."

(Dante's Inferno, Canto VIII)

Before last Saturday, the only stag do I'd been on was my own father's. It was a sleepy, pints-and-darts affair in a pub, though there was a moment where Dad's four...

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'Locke', Godot and the Mystery of Modesty

(0) Comments | Posted 16 May 2014 | (14:10)


Since you ask, my favourite film of the year so far is Locke. It's Tom Hardy on the phone in a car on the M6 for ninety minutes, but it's a writer's delight, a freshwater spring of restrained eloquence,...

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A Brief History of the Mockumentary and Six Gems You Might Not Know

(0) Comments | Posted 21 March 2014 | (21:42)

Earlier in the week BBC Two aired W1A, a spin-off to gentle Olympifarce Twenty Twelve. A mockumentary about the BBC made by the BBC, it's too early to say if a satire whose hunter and quarry live in the same stable is ingenious or misguided. Instead,...

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'The Grand Budapest Hotel': Wes Anderson's Masterpiece?

(1) Comments | Posted 11 March 2014 | (23:00)

I love Wes Anderson: the neo-Nouvelle Vague swagger, the precocious children, the middle-age ennui, the arch dialogue, the symmetrical compositions, the full-box-of-paints palette, the literary scaffolding of chapters and narrators. He also only seems to get better with age. Like his namesake Paul Thomas, the disquieting yin of...

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Liam Williams: The Philip Larkin of British Comedy

(0) Comments | Posted 16 January 2014 | (18:41)


Liam Williams is the most soulful, daring, intellectually unabashed young comedian in the country. His Foster's-nominated debut hour, which plays at the Soho Theatre this week, is comedy-as-poetry, his very own 'Love Song of J....

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Alexander Payne's Nebraska: The Manhattan of the Midwest

(0) Comments | Posted 18 December 2013 | (18:27)


Alexander Payne (along with Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson and Todd Haynes) is one of the few American directors still able to make sophisticated, distinctive, independent-minded films. Payne harks back to a more intelligent, artistically...

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Ricky Gervais and 'Derek': A Defence

(15) Comments | Posted 10 November 2013 | (23:00)


The Office is one of the great artistic works of the 21st Century. It was the Waiting for Godot of television comedy, a radical reinvention of the genre that will probably never be equalled. Weighted with a deadpan poeticism somewhere between...

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Joanna Hogg's 'Exhibition': Architecture, Sex and Anxiety

(0) Comments | Posted 22 October 2013 | (23:39)


Of this current golden age of female British directors (Andrea Arnold, Clio Barnard, Lynne Ramsay, Lucy Walker and Sophie Fiennes, to name a few), Joanna Hogg is the Terrence...

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'The Larry Sanders Show': The 'Breaking Bad' of Sitcoms

(1) Comments | Posted 1 October 2013 | (00:00)


The week that Breaking Bad finishes, it seems fitting (or the lowest form of hack opportunism to publish an article I've had marinating for months) to reappraise a show as revolutionary, allegorical and morally nebulous in a different genre. The...

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'Southcliffe': The 'Hamlet' Of British Television

(6) Comments | Posted 20 August 2013 | (08:58)


It is rare to watch a TV show in 2013 and realise, within about 15 minutes, that it might be one of the best British dramas of all time. But Channel 4's Southcliffe, which finished on Sunday, is something...

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'Stoner' the Literary Rediscovery of the Year

(0) Comments | Posted 28 July 2013 | (19:57)


I sometimes think authors are like chefs. Virtuoso willy-wavers like Updike, Bellow and Martin Amis, linguistic pyrotechnicians who pack their descriptions with incongruities and lyricism and look-at-me flights of cleverness, are brothers-in-arms to Heston...

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