Ian was selected as one of 10 writers from 1000 applications, for a TriForce Creative Network Have I Got News For You workshop, and from this selected as one of only 4 writers for a paid commission on the current series. Now writing on the most series as well.
He is currently writing an original sitcom for James Corden's production company, Fulwell 73.
His short film That you Shirley? was recently shortlisted for Kickitdown Production's Screen to Screen callout from over 700 submissions.
Past work has included:
An original comedy drama, written in development with Ben Miller for Toff Media/Hat Trick. This was later developed by Lime Pictures.
A sitcom written for Channel X.
A sitcom commissioned by Noel Gay TV and Carlton Television which resulted in a rehearsed reading at ITV with Stephen Graham and Angela Griffin, directed by Ed Bye.
And a sitcom which was co-produced by STV and The Comedy Unit. This was performed live at the Citizen's Theatre.
Ian's earliest work was a series idea selected for the Channel 4/Assembly TV 1998 sitcom Festival and he began by writing spec sketches for Hale and Pace and The Jack Docherty show on Channel 5.
He is a regular contributor to NewsBiscuit and The Kickabout With Johnny Vaughn on Radio X.
Ian's work has seen a number of original drama commissions and work in soap and continuing drama.
Several years on Hollyoaks, writing over 50 episodes, the late night special In Too Deep, as well as for the spin off series Let Loose and the Penguin novelisation Fame Game!
A daytime drama serial commissioned by Kindle Entertainment and BBC Learning that tackled adult literacy.
Two original series ideas commissioned by BBC Drama North.
Co-creating a spin off series to Hotel Babylon set in an airport and a teen drama series for Carnival Films.
Co-writing an episode of Waterloo Road.
Commissioned to write an episode of EastEnders.
An original teen series developed for Leopard drama.
And writing an original multi-platform series idea for the BBC.
As well as writing all the adaptation episodes for the BBC3 series The Fear. A Noel Gay production starring Nick Moran, Sadie Frost, Samantha Morton, Ray Winstone, Sean Pertwee, Neve Mcintosh, Jason Flemyng and Ramon Tikaram.
Children's and Animation
Ian's work in children's TV has included being selected for a CBBC residential, from which his original studio sitcom idea was commissioned by Channel X and developed for CBBC.
Writing an episode of Dennis and Gnasher for Red Kite and CBBC.
Working on the development of a Moshi Monsters TV series for Mind Candy and being part of the development writing team for Bob the Man in the Moon for Wish Films.
Writing a number of episodes of the CBBC teen comedy series Yo Diary for the Comedy Unit.
Developing a number of animation series ideas for the Dave Edwards’s Animation Studio - Project X (a part live action/part animation) original series idea. And The Wiltons and JP Jones Adventures in the future.
As well as developing an interactive animation comedy called the Wellington Family for BBC Fictionlab.