Paul Bassett Davies
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Writer, director and actor Paul Bassett Davies founded Crystal Theatre, whose pioneering multimedia work in the 1980s was acclaimed in Britain and Europe.
He created a series of one-man shows, two of which were Perrier Award finalists at the Edinburgh Festival. Other shows, like ‘Slave Clowns of the Third Reich’, combined performance with video to create innovative theatrical experiments.
Paul’s TV credits include: Spitting Image; Smith and Jones; Rory Bremner; Jasper Carrot and many more. He wrote his own radio sitcom with Jeremy Hardy, and the Sony Award winning radio show Do Go On, with Griff Rhys Jones and Graeme Garden, which he also produced. His radio plays have featured Bill Nighy, David Hemmings, Linda Smith, Martin Clunes and Alison Steadman. He has also written and produced many radio commercials. He has written over a hundred corporate films, some of which he also directed. Awards include Best Film at New York Film and Video Festival and IVCA Best Script award. He has also scripted music videos for everyone from Kate Bush to Ken Russell. He once worked with Spike Milligan.

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 wrote and directed an award-winning short film for Channel 4 called How Do You Feel, as well as other short films. He has also written two other feature screenplays which haven't yet been produced.

Paul's short stories have been published and have won awards. He is currently writing a TV comedy drama series about suicide, a new film script, and working on his second novel, called Dead Writers in Rehab.

Paul has been a DJ in a strip club, a minicab driver and a welder's mate. He was the vocalist in the band Shoes for Industry (John Peel favourites). He is an amateur ventriloquist with his own doll (Sailor Boy). He runs writing workshops with Euroscript.

Entries by Paul Bassett Davies

Everyone's a Winner

(1) Comments | Posted 14 February 2014 | (20:06)

As you read these words someone, somewhere, is receiving an award for something. If you close your eyes and stick a pin in a map of the world there's probably an awards ceremony of some kind taking place there. (If you're doing this in a shop, maybe pay for the...

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What Does Stand-Up Comedy Stand Up For?

(2) Comments | Posted 20 August 2013 | (22:54)

The last time I did stand-up comedy the audience voted with their feet. They kicked my head in. I probably deserved it, but not as much as some of the stand-ups working today deserve a kicking.

I'm speaking metaphorically. Which was also the problem with my act. However, I have...

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People Who Don't Like Me: What the Hell is Their Problem?

(1) Comments | Posted 6 February 2013 | (16:59)

First, let me narrow it down. 'People Who Don't Like Me' is potentially way too big as a category. What I'm really talking about is people who don't like my book. Or so they say, although they could be part of a conspiracy. But before I get into that, let's...

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Self Publish and Be Damned Confused

(5) Comments | Posted 8 November 2012 | (16:15)

'In the early years of twenty-first century, in the First Digital Age, ritual self-publication was widely practiced. Just as every Muslim was encouraged to undertake a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their adult life, each individual in Western society strove to publish at least one book, regardless of...

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Fit to Write

(1) Comments | Posted 14 August 2012 | (00:00)

A writer is much like an athlete. Except that a writer sits around all day and doesn't get much exercise. Apart from that they're very similar, although athletes tend to be better company and nicer to look at. But now, in the wake of the Olympic games, it's amazing how...

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Two Falls, Two Submissions, or a Sonnet

(0) Comments | Posted 7 June 2012 | (12:47)

How much do you know about the Cultural Olympiad? This is a trick question, so think carefully before you answer.

Why would you be aware of the Cultural Olympiad at all? If you're even remotely interested, that's probably because you're involved in some way. For those who aren't, the...

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NHS: The Punchline

(4) Comments | Posted 2 April 2012 | (00:00)

Please spare a thought for one group of vulnerable people who will be hit especially hard by the effects of the Health and Social Care bill that has just been hustled through parliament. Lonely, confused, and often delusional, these people are comedy writers.

For the last sixty years these...

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No More Awards: Welcome to the Noscars

(1) Comments | Posted 25 January 2012 | (23:00)

It's awards time. It's always awards time nowadays. At any given moment, somewhere in the world, someone is standing on a stage, delivering tearful thanks to family, God and rehab while clutching something tacky, possibly the ceremony's host. The recipient of the award may not even be a person: recently...

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How to Succeed as a Writer Before the World Ends in 2012

(0) Comments | Posted 31 December 2011 | (17:48)

It's the beginning of another year. Of course, it's the beginning of another year every day, it just depends when you start counting. And calenders are flexible: the government of Samoa recently realigned its time zone status by removing a whole day from their calendar. And if they don't want...

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Don't Pay Writers - It Only Encourages Them

(4) Comments | Posted 8 December 2011 | (11:52)

Would you pay to read this? I wouldn't. I'm a professional writer, and if somebody told me there was an interesting blog on this website, all about writers not getting paid, I might click on a link to read it. But if they told me I'd have to pay, I'd...

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Is Cancer Comedy the New Misery Memoir?

(0) Comments | Posted 1 December 2011 | (21:39)

The classic Five Stages of Loss, also known as the Five Stages of Dying, are: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Boredom, and Acceptance. Wait, that's six. Where does Boredom come into the picture? Answer: after about thirty minutes, if the picture in question is 50/50, the new 'Cancer Comedy.'

It's...

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