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Neil Richards

Writer, Children's - Children’s (TV, interactive and animation)

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

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Neil is a prolific writer with plenty of experience writing for linear TV, online, interactive and games – and a love of collaboration and working in creative teams.  He started writing in the mid-90’s, and since then has scripted children’s TV (episodes of Thomas & Friends, Microsoap, Ace Lightning, Carrie and David’s Popshop, Alphablocks, Messy Goes to Okido) and more than a  dozen TV and radio series for BBC Education and Learning.  Two years co-writing with Douglas Adams in 1997 opened the world of games and interactive drama:  he has since created the story and script for over 25 console, pc and tablet games including major titles such as Just Cause (1 & 2), The da Vinci Code and the Broken Sword series.  He has had 3 BAFTA nominations, a Writers’ Guild nomination and an IGDA Writing Excellence nomination for his game and TV scripts. He is a founding director of interactive specialists The Mustard Corporation, an advisory committee member of The Children’s Media Conference and a founder member of Australian transmedia specialists Storylab.

Neil regularly writes kids TV with Neil Bennun. Together they were core writers on the first series of Cbeebies show Messy Goes To Okido, writing 13 episodes, and becoming Head Writers for Series II.

Work

Current

Big 5
Millimages

New animation series for Korean studio Taktoon. Currently writing.

Messy Goes To Okido II
Cbeebeies / Doodle

Lead Writer with Neil Bennun on the second series, 5 x 11′ episodes. Currently in production.

Television

Messy Goes to Okido (2015)
Doodle/Cbeebies

13 episodes with Neil Bennun

Boj (2014)
Pesky/Cbeebies

3 Episodes (With Annie Richards)

Alphablocks (2011)
Cbeebies

10 episodes TV and interactive episodes (Neil and Annie)

Talk Time (2010)
Turmeric/Cbeebies
Alphablocks (2009)
Cbeebies

6 episodes – TV and interactive episodes (with Maurice Suckling)

The Victorians (2008)
BBC Scotland

Education drama series

Lost Penny ARG (2008)
BBC Scotland

Consultancy and script

Carrie and David’s Popshop (2007)
BBC Scotland

Story-lined 30 episodes, wrote 3 episodes

Thomas and Friends (2006)
HiT

3 Episodes

See You See Me (2006)
BBC Scotland
Scottish Short Stories (2006)

Full drama series

Decisions (2005)

Full drama series

Celtic Film Awards nomination

Debt (2005)

Full Drama Series

BAFTA Nomination

Law and Order (2004)

Full drama series

BAFTA nomination

Watch (2003)
Passover

Full series

See You See Me (2002)

Environment

Let’s Write a Story (2002)
Ace Lightning (2002)
Alliance/Atlantis/BBC
Microsoap (1999)
Disney/BBC

With Matt Costello

Games & Interactive

I Believe in Fairies (2015)
Box of Frogs Media

Interactive storybook – launches in November 2015 (with Annie Richards).

Milli
Honig Studios

5 online episodes (With Annie Richards)

Zodiac (2015)
Kobojo
Broken Sword -The Serpent’s Curse (2015)
Revolution

AGGIE award winner

The Nowhere Boys (2014)
Matchbox ABC Australia

Interactive consultant (iKids winner 2015)

Tree Fu Tom (2013)
Cbeebies

(Interactive episodes)

BAFTA nominated, Children’s Interactive

Nightmare High (2012)
Somethin’ Else/Channel 4

Created world, story and characters. (with Neil Bennun)

BAFTA winner Best Interactive

Winner Best European Interactive Script

Just Cause 2 (2005)
Avalanche/Sony

With Matt Costello

Broken Sword Director’s Cut (2010)
Revolution

BAFTA nominated, AGGIE award winner

Sonic and Sega All Star Racing (2010)
Imagine Beauty Stylist (2009)
Nintendo
Buzz (2009)
Australian localisation
A Christmas Carol (2009)
Disney
Alphablocks (2009)
BBC

Interactive episodes (with Maurice Suckling)

Unsolved Crimes (2008)
Nintendo

With Maurice Suckling & Marek Walton

Nintendo Crosswords (2008)
Nintendo
Driver PSP (2006)

With Maurice Suckling & Marek Walton

Just Cause (2006)
Avalanche/Sony

With Matt Costello

Da Vinci Code game (2006)
Sony/Take 2
Broken Sword The Angel of Death (2006)
Revolution/THQ

WGGB Best Game Script nomination

Let’s Make a Soccer Team (2006)
Sega
Driver Parallel Lines (2005)
Reflections/Atari
Juiced (2004)
Juice/Acclaim
Broken Sword – The Sleeping Dragon (2004)

BAFTA nominated, IGDA ‘WRITING EXCELLENCE’ nomination

Mount Kristos (2001)
XPT

With Tim Wright

El Dorado (2000)
Dreamworks
In Cold Blood (2000)
Revolution/Sony
Starship Titanic (1997)

With Douglas Adams (BAFTA nominated, Codie winner)