Simon Neal

Simon is a director of television comedy, drama and commercials.

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Biography

Simon directed the second series of BAFTA-winning sitcom Chewing Gum, for Channel 4. Described as “magnificently filthy wit” by The Evening Standard, it was proclaimed by The Guardian to be “the future of comedy”, and was nominated for Best Scripted Comedy at the 2018 BAFTAs.

Further TV credits include Doughnuts, a half-hour single comedy for Channel 4, and the acclaimed comedy drama series Youngers, also for Channel 4, which was described by the Observer as ‘Tender, topical, truthful—a gem’.

His short film WASHDAYS won Best Film at Rushes Soho Shorts, Special Jury prize at Austin and was nominated for a British Independent Film Award.

Rue Boy, a spoken word film in five parts, directed by Simon and co-written with Calvin Demba, was broadcast by Channel 4 in their Random Acts strand and is currently in development as a series.

Simon’s latest work for television is a Sky Comedy Short called Late Bloomer, written by and starring the multi-talented and multi-nippled stand-up comedian Jonny Pelham.


CV

TV

Director

Late Bloomer
Short Film
Short
Producer Lucy Lumsden
Writer Johnny Pelham
Starring
  • Johnny Pelham
  • Miles Jupp
  • Jimmy Akingbola
  •  
    Yellow Door for Sky 1
     
    Creator Michaela Coel
    Producer John Pocock
    Writer Michaela Coel
    Starring
  • Michaela Coel
  • Robert Lonsdale
  • Danielle Walters
  • Susan Wokoma
  •  

    The second series of the BAFTA award-winning sitcom.

    Retort for E4
     
    Rue Boy
    1 x 30
    Producer Charlie Hanson
    Writer Calvin Demba and Simon Neal
    Starring
  • Calvin Demba
  • Mandeep Dhillon
  •  
    Tantrum Films for Channel 4
     
    Youngers
    8 x 45
    Creator Levi David Addai & Benjamin Kuffuor
    Producer Kiaran Murray-Smith
    Writer multiple writers
    Starring
  • Calvin Demba
  • Ade Oyefeso
  • Shavani Seth
  • Arinze Kene
  •  

    Series 2 of E4's comedy-drama

    Big Talk Productions for Channel 4
     
    Producer Toby Welch
    Writer Ishy Din
    Starring
  • Adeel Akhtar
  • James Burrows
  • Anjli Mohindra
  • Wahab Sheikh
  •  

    Short film for Channel 4's Coming Up Scheme.

    Touchpaper Television for Channel 4
     

    Film

    Director

    Washdays
    Short Film Award, Rushes Soho Shorts Festival
    Short Film
    Producer Dan Cleland
    Writer Graham Lester-George
    Starring
  • Ceri Ashcroft
  • Francis Adams
  • Kieran Dooner
  • Carys Lewis
  •  

    Short film

    Deeply Vale Films