Ed Cripps

Screenwriter and journalist

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.

Jeffrey Tambor: A Selfless Virtuoso

Tambor reinvigorated sitcom parenthood and found the role of his career as Maura Pfefferman (formerly Mort Pfefferman) in <em>Transparent</em>. It is the sort of performance that comes around once every ten years, soul-naked, eyes like wet jewels, his voice a ripple of canyon wind. He handles Maura's self-consciousness so sensitively, and her transformation so unshowily...
19/09/2016 17:42 BST

Adam Buxton & Scroobius Pip: Podcast Masters

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.
16/05/2016 12:38 BST

CUMBO: A Vimeo 'Marion and Geoff'

But gigless media personality Cumbo, who now has his own Vimeo series, owes more to Ricky Gervais's earlier work: it is a modern masterpiece of character comedy, a relentlessly inventive depiction of wrong-side-of-forty solitude, Brent's amiable nephew or a Vice-gen Partridge.
21/03/2016 13:32 GMT

'This Is England': Sins of the Father

<em>This Is England</em> is the most important British drama of the century so far. Following the <em>M*A*S*H</em> model of the film-turned-TV series, writer-director Shane Meadows has fashioned a blood-boltered, tonally infinite epic poem of Thatcherite Britain.
07/10/2015 18:09 BST

David Constantine: The Bleak Satisfaction Of Clear Sentences

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 James Salter and John McGahern.
23/09/2015 14:28 BST

'Eden': Flaubert Meets Daft Punk

Paul and Stan are Cheers, an aspirant pair of DJs who hit the Parisian club scene at the same time as a little-known duo called Daft Punk. Their favoured genre is garage, which in Paul's words combines "the robotic aspect of electro with the warmth of soul."
06/08/2015 00:44 BST

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

If this complexity sounds too smart for its own good, the cinematic equivalent of carting your child round the Tate when they've barely learnt to speak, it should be said Inside Out is funny and thrilling and wears a trim, throwaway savvy, the sort of cross-generational irreverence you get on The Simpsons or Sesame Street.
19/07/2015 19:14 BST

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

The territory with the least appreciated melancholy, perhaps, is reality TV. One of The Office's masterstrokes was it tapped into the (at the time) growing, Warholian trend of shows from which people became famous for being themselves rather than playing a fictional character.
26/01/2015 15:44 GMT

'Mistaken for Strangers': The National of Music Documentaries

Smartest and freshest of all, though, is the film's self-awareness and even the most touching moments have a deliberate, tears-in-the-mirror vanity. In one of the film's best passages, Tom tells Matt that he filmed himself crying the night before, which makes Matt laugh affectionately: the very next scene is of Tom crying...
30/06/2014 12:47 BST

The Stag Do: A Beta Male's Take

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 brothers persuaded him to stuff a whole egg in his mouth...
23/06/2014 11:46 BST

'Locke', Godot and the Mystery of Modesty

<em>Locke</em> isn't perfect. There's an overbaked football analogy, and the briefest of nervy character-expositions that gild a black tulip already in bloom (we can see he's good at his job), and the final fifteen minutes are almost <em>too</em> subtle.
16/05/2014 17:18 BST

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

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, it seems timely (or the lowest form of hack opportunism to publish an article I've had marinating for months) to look back at the mockumentary as a genre...
24/03/2014 15:37 GMT

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

Wes' development is less a question of reinvention than maturing into his own prodigious grammar. His last two films in particular, <em>Fantastic Mr Fox</em> and <em>Moonrise Kingdom</em>, were retro, anarchic delights that coalesced boundless visual ambition with a miniaturist melancholy. But <em>The Grand Budapest Hotel</em>, his latest, trumps everything he's done so far.
11/03/2014 16:47 GMT

Liam Williams: The Philip Larkin of British Comedy

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. Alfred Prufrock', a mock-heroic bildungsroman of a set splashed with haggard beauty, Yorkshire melancholy and wanking-at-ten-past-three candour...
17/01/2014 12:42 GMT

Ricky Gervais and 'Derek': A Defence

<em>Derek</em> is genuinely life-affirming. How many sitcoms capture the quiet, gradual, dignified, terrifying, wistful, relief-flecked prospect of death? Of recent comedies, only Jo Brand's masterful <em>Getting On</em> comes close.
10/11/2013 20:37 GMT

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

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 Malick, the understated maverick and perhaps the most intriguing of the lot.
23/10/2013 14:21 BST

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

The week that <em>Breaking Bad</em> 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...
30/09/2013 17:06 BST

'Southcliffe': The 'Hamlet' Of British Television

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 <em>Southcliffe</em>, which finished on Sunday, is something really rather special.
20/08/2013 13:15 BST