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Aidan O’Donovan & Colm Tobin

Writer, Children's

Agent: Jean Kitson - jean@kitsonpress.co.uk

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Aidan O’Donovan and Colm Tobin are a comedy writing, production, and directing team based in Dublin, Ireland. They have been writing and collaborating across various media for over 25 years, starting out by tape-recording their own music together at the age of 12 in rural West Cork, before going on to create award-winning satirical websites, off-kilter improvised radio mockumentaries and a range of mixed media children’s TV shows which have gone on to be shown in living rooms all around the world. Together they created, wrote, produced and directed 3 series of the STEM based series Brain Freeze for CBBC/RTÉ, satirical website Langerland, and the radio comedy series Surviving Ireland (30 Acres) – all award-winning productions at various festivals.

In 2016, Aidan and Colm established Turnip & Duck, to develop and produce original IP, with a particular focus on animation and educational comedy for kids. They are currently in production on their first original series, Critters.TV for RTÉjr, and have several projects in development.

Outside of writing, directing and performing, Aidan has worked professionally as an actor, voiceover artist, session musician and music educator. He likes working collaboratively, is an advocate of improvisation as a creative tool, and is a student of the Del Close school of long-form improvisational theatre.

Colm has worked as a producer and comedy writer across a variety of TV, radio and online platforms since 2002. In print, Colm’s first book Surviving Ireland was published by Penguin Random House in 2015 and he has worked as a newspaper columnist for The Times. Colm also likes to write silly jokes on Twitter where his account @colmtobin has amassed over 80,000 followers, some of whom might even be human.

Link to website – www.turnipandduck.com

Work

Current

Critters.TV (Series 1)
Turnip & Duck / RTÉjr

Creators, head writers, producer & director

15 x 11’ mixed media wildlife comedy sketch series, with support from Screen Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority Of Ireland.

Currently in production

30 Acres
RTÉ Radio One

Creators, writers, directors, performers

4 x 30’ serialised comedy podcast series for RTÉ Radio One, produced by RTÉ Documentary On One.

Currently in post-production.

Atom Town
Turnip & Duck / Treehouse Republic

Creators, head writers, producers

26 x 5’ chemistry primer for preschool plus. Original IP in development with Treehouse Republic, with support from Screen Ireland.

Exo Girl
Dog Ears / Giant Animation

Head writers

10 x 22’ serialised science fantasy series (8+).

Currently in development.

Littlest Adventures
Giant Animation

Writers

26 x 11’ mythology-inspired comedy adventure series in development with Giant Animation.

Project Dee
Kite Entertainment / Sky One

Writers in writers’ room

Sky One comedy pilot development for Kite Entertainment.

Television

Zoot & Friends (2017)
Turnip & Duck / RTÉjr

Co-creators, producers, script editors

2.5’ coding-based animated preschool short produced by Turnip & Duck for RTÉjr.

Brain Freeze (Series 1, 2 & 3) (2013-2016)
CBBC / RTÉ Young Peoples / Kite Entertainment

Creators, producers, head writers, performers

44 x 4’ STEM-based, mixed-media series (6-11) for CBBC/RTÉ Young Peoples with worldwide distribution by Aardman Rights. Winner Kids’ Choice Award for Best Animated Series, Irish Animation Awards 2015.

Science Fiction (Series 1 & 2) (2010-2012)
CBBC / RTÉ Young Peoples / Kite Entertainment

Creators, producers, head writers, performers

34 x 1.5’ STEM-themed, mixed-media series (6-11) for CBBC/RTÉ Young Peoples with worldwide distribution by Aardman Rights.

Republic of Telly (2009)
RTÉ 2

Writers, producers, performers

16 x 30-second animated comedy inserts for RTÉ 2 comedy ensemble sketch show.

Langerland.TV (Series 1 & 2) (2007-2008)
RTÉ 2 / Kite Entertainment

Creators, producers, writers, performers

10 x 5’ (S1) and 6 x 10’ (S2) satirical animated series (adults) for RTÉ 2.

Radio

Surviving Ireland (2017)
Turnip & Duck / RTÉ Radio One

Creators, producers, directors, writers, performers

1 x 24’ semi-improvised radio mockumentary for RTÉ Radio One. Gold Medal Winner for Best Writing and Finalist for Best Comedy Special at New York Festivals World Radio Awards 2017. Silver & Bronze awards at UK Radio Drama Festival 2018.

VOD / Online

Saturday Club (2018)
Dog Ears / Hopster

Writers

6 x 4’ preschool show all about empathy, produced by Dog Ears for Hopster.

Langerland: What Have The Brits Ever Done For Us? (2005)
Leviathan / The British Council

Creators, producers, writers, performers

Online satirical cartoon series commissioned by Leviathan and The British Council. Winner 1st Prize Best First Irish Short Animation, Galway Film Fleadh, 2005.