Simon
Neal

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

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.


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Television

Writer & Director 

Rue Boy
1 x 30'
Producer Charlie Hanson
Writer Calvin Demba and Simon Neal
Starring
  • Calvin Demba
  • Mandeep Dhillon
  • The story of a one night stand that doesn't quite go to plan, in iambic pentameter. Originally broadcast as five separate chapters for Ch4's Random Acts. 

    Tantrum Films for Channel 4

    Director 

    Late Bloomer
    (Short)
    Short
    Producer Lucy Lumsden
    Writer Jonny Pelham
    Starring
  • Jonny Pelham
  • Miles Jupp
  • Harriet Kemsley
  • Comedy short about an adult virgin and the terrible advice he receives from his friends.

    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
    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
    Doughnuts
    1 x 30'
    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 

    Starring
  • Daniel Ings
  • Louise Ford
  • Tempers fray as a couple prepare to host a dinner party.

    Unit9
    Writer Adeline Dechaud & Phil Le Brun
    Starring
  • Tim Downie
  • A writer struggles to find inspiration before an upcoming Christmas deadline. 

    Unit9
    Washdays
    (Short)
    Producer Dan Cleland
    Writer Graham Lester-George
    Starring
  • Ceri Ashcroft
  • Francis Adams
  • Kieran Dooner
  • Carys Lewis
  • An eleven-year-old bunks off school, to search for a solution to his embarrassing problem. 

    Winner of Best Film at Rushes Soho Shorts; Winner of Special Jury Prize at Austin International Film Festival; Nominated for Best Short Film at the BIFAs; Official Selection at over twenty international film festivals. 

    Deeply Vale Films