Simon Nye

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Simon Beresford Nye

Born: Tuesday 29th July 1958 (age: 65)


Simon Nye is an English comic television writer, best known for creating the hit sitcom Men Behaving Badly.

He wrote the Doctor Who episode Amy's Choice.

Nye was born Burgess Hill, Sussex. He started his writing career as a translator, publishing translations of books on Richard Wagner, Henri Matisse and Georges Braque before turning his hand to novel writing in 1989 with Men Behaving Badly. T

Nye's TV writing career began in 1990 when he was persuaded by producer Beryl Vertue to adapt his first novel for the small screen. The first series of Men Behaving Badly was broadcast on ITV in 1991. The show soon went on to achieve critical and commercial success, winning the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Situation Comedy in 1995, and the Royal Television Society Award for Best Situation Comedy/Comedy Drama in 1996. 

He has written a number of comic adaptations of pantomimes including Jack and the Beanstalk (25 December 1998), Cinderella (2 January 2000), Aladdin (25 December 2000), and Dick Whittington (1 January 2002). He also wrote the short-lived 2001 sitcom The Savages.

Nye also continues to write translations, focusing in recent years on dramatic works. His translation of Molière's Don Juan was first performed at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield in 2001, and his translation of Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in London in 2003.