Steven Moffat records the DVD audio commentary for Joking Apart in January 2006
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Steven Moffat (born 1961 in Paisley, Scotland) is a British comedy/drama writer who has contributed to television series since the late 1980s. Paisley (Pàislig is a town and former Burgh in the west- Central Lowlands of Scotland. Scotland ( Gaelic: Alba) is a Country in northwest Europethat occupies the northern third of the island of Great Britain. Employment is a Contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. A literary genre is a category of literary composition Genres may be determined by Literary technique, tone, Content, or even (as in the case of fiction Year 1961 ( MCMLXI) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Paisley (Pàislig is a town and former Burgh in the west- Central Lowlands of Scotland. Scotland ( Gaelic: Alba) is a Country in northwest Europethat occupies the northern third of the island of Great Britain. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located Comedy (from the Greek κωμωδίαkomodia has a popular meaning (any discourse generally intended to amuse especially in Television, Film, and Drama is the specific mode of Fiction represented in Performance. Television ( TV) is a widely used Telecommunication medium for sending ( Broadcasting) and receiving moving Images, either monochromatic
His first television work was the teen drama series Press Gang. This article is about the British television series Press Gang He then used his own divorce as inspiration for Joking Apart and then his subsequent relationship with television producer Sue Vertue for Coupling. Joking Apart is a BBC television sitcom written by Steven Moffat about the rise and fall of a relationship Coupling is a British television Sitcom written by Steven Moffat that aired on BBC2 from May 2000 to June 2004 A former English teacher, he also wrote Chalk, a sitcom set in a school. Chalk is a BBC television sitcom written by Steven Moffat set in the fictional Comprehensive school Galfast High
He has won numerous awards, including BAFTA and Hugo Awards for some of his episodes of the Doctor Who revival. The British Academy Television Awards, also known as the BAFTAs &mdash or to differentiate them from the BAFTA Film Awards, the BAFTA Television Awards The Hugo Awards are given every year for the best Science fiction or Fantasy works and achievements of the previous year Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. He is currently scripting a trilogy of Tintin films for directors Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. Tintin is an upcoming Motion capture 3-D film based The Adventures of Tintin, a series of Comic books created by Steven Allan Spielberg, KBE (Hon (born December 18 1946 is an American Film director, Screenwriter and producer. Peter Robert Jackson, CNZM (born 31 October 1961 is a three-time Academy Award -winning New Zealand director producer and writer best known for directing He will take over from Russell T. Davies as lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who for the fifth series in 2010. Russell T Davies, OBE (born Stephen Russell Davies, 27 April, 1963) is a critically acclaimed British Television producer 
After gaining a degree in English, he worked as a teacher. His father, Bill Moffat, was a headteacher at a Glasgow school. Glasgow (ˈglæzgoʊ is the largest city in Scotland and third most populous in the United Kingdom When the school was used for Harry Secombe's Highway, he mentioned to the producers that he had an idea for a television series about a school newspaper. Sir Harry Donald Secombe, CBE ( 8 September 1921 &ndash 11 April 2001) was a Welsh Entertainer with a noted fine Highway is a British television series broadcast from 1983 until 1993 The producers asked for a sample script, to which Bill Moffat agreed on condition that it was written by his son.  Producer Sandra Hastie said that it was "the best ever first script" that she had read. 
The resulting series was titled Press Gang, and starred Julia Sawalha, Dexter Fletcher, Paul Reynolds, Lucy Benjamin and Lee Ross, was immensely successful and ran for four years on ITV, with Moffat writing all forty-three episodes. This article is about the British television series Press Gang Julia Sawalha (born 9 September 1968) is an English actress best known for her roles of Saffron Monsoon in Absolutely Fabulous Dexter Fletcher (born 31 January 1966) is an English Actor, best known for his lead role as Spike Thomson in the British TV Comedy Paul Reynolds may refer to Paul Reynolds (actor, British actor Paul Reynolds (BBC journalist, BBC's World Affairs correspondent Lucy Benjamin (born 25 June 1970) is an English Actress. Career Born Lucy Jane Baker in Reading, Lee D Ross is a professor of Social psychology at Stanford University, who has studied Attribution theory, Attributional biases Decision Independent Television (generally known as ITV) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters set up under the Independent The series won a BAFTA award in its second series. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA is a British charity that hosts annual awards shows for film television television craft video games and forms of animation 
During production of the second series of Press Gang, he was having an unhappy personal life after the break-up of his first marriage. Personal life (or everyday life or human existence) is the course of an individual Human 's life especially when viewed as the sum of personal choices Producer Sandra C. Hastie was secretly phoning his friends at home to check if he was alright.  His wife's new lover was represented in the episode "The Big Finish?" by the character Brian Magboy (Simon Schatzberger), a name inspired by Brian: Maggie's boy. Simon Schatzberger (born 1966 in Suffolk) is an English television actor Moffat brought in the character so that all sorts of unfortunate things would happen to him, such as having a typewriter dropped on his foot. A typewriter is a mechanical or Electromechanical device with a set of "keys" that when pressed cause characters to be printed on a medium 
Inspired by these events, Moffat wrote two series of Joking Apart. Joking Apart is a BBC television sitcom written by Steven Moffat about the rise and fall of a relationship  The sitcom was directed by Bob Spiers, and starred Robert Bathurst and Fiona Gillies. Bob Spiers is a two-time BAFTA Award -winning British Television director best known for his work on various Sitcoms and other comedy programmes Robert Bathurst (born 1958 is a British actor Bathurst was born in Ghana and raised in Ireland and England. Fiona Gillies is a British actress who has appeared on television and the stage The show won the Bronze Rose of Montreux and was entered for the Emmys. The Rose d'Or ( Golden Rose in English is a highly prestigious Television award given annually since 1961 at the Festival Rose d'Or in spring each year  In an interview with Richard Herring, Moffat says that "The sit-com actually lasted slightly longer than my marriage. Richard Keith Herring (born July 12, 1967) is a British Comedian and writer "
He wrote three episodes of Murder Most Horrid, an anthology series of comedic tales starring Dawn French. Murder Most Horrid was a BBC Black comedy anthology series starring Comedian Dawn French. Dawn Roma French (born 11 October 1957 is a Welsh actress and Comedian. The first ("Overkill", directed by Bob Spiers) was identified by the BBC as a "highlight" of the series. " Overkill " is an episode of the British comedy television series Murder Most Horrid. Bob Spiers is a two-time BAFTA Award -winning British Television director best known for his work on various Sitcoms and other comedy programmes  His other two episodes were "Dying Live" (dir. Dewi Humphreys) and "Elvis, Jesus and Jack" (dir. Tony Dow). WikipediaPersondata --> Anthony "Tony" Lee Dow (born April 13, 1945 in Hollywood, California) is
In 1997, BBC One aired two series of his sitcom Chalk, set in a comprehensive school. Chalk is a BBC television sitcom written by Steven Moffat set in the fictional Comprehensive school Galfast High A comprehensive school is a Secondary school and State school for children from the age of 11 to at least 16 that does not select children on the basis of academic Starring David Bamber as deputy head Eric Slatt, the show received quite a poor critical reception. This article is about the British actor For Dave Bamber the former professional footballer see here. In an interview in the early 2000s, Moffat refuses to even name the show, joking that he might get attacked in the street. 
He met Sue Vertue, a television producer who had worked on Mr. Bean, at the Edinburgh Television Festival in 1996. The Edinburgh International Television Festival, founded in 1976 is held annually over the British August bank holiday weekend at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre  When she eventually asked him for a sitcom, he decided to base it around the evolution of their own relationship. Coupling was first broadcast on BBC2 in 2000, with his wife producing for Hartswood Films. Coupling is a British television Sitcom written by Steven Moffat that aired on BBC2 from May 2000 to June 2004 Hartswood Films is a British television production company founded and run by producer Beryl Vertue. The series proved to be highly successful, running until 2004 and producing four series and twenty-eight episodes, all written by Moffat. He also wrote the original, unbroadcast, pilot episode for the American version of the same series, in 2003, although this was less successful and was cancelled after just four episodes on the NBC network. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Coupling is a 2003 American remake of the British television Sitcom of the same title. The National Broadcasting Company ( NBC) is an American Television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's Moffat has blamed its failure on an unprecedented level of network interference.
As is traditional for many of those in the British sitcom world, he has contributed to the bi-annual Comic Relief charity telethon nights, writing the script for the science-fiction parody Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death in 1999. Comic relief is the inclusion of a humorous character or scene or witty dialogue in an otherwise serious work often to relieve tension Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death is a four-episode special of Doctor Who made for the Red Nose Day charity The co-producer for that year's Red Nose Day telethon was Moffat's new wife, Sue Vertue.  Moffat, a fan of the series since childhood, had previously written a Doctor Who prose story, "Continuity Errors", published in the Virgin Books anthology Decalog 3: Consequences. Virgin Books is a United Kingdom book Publisher 90% owned by the publishing group Random House, and 10% owned by Virgin Enterprises, the company originally The Virgin Decalog books were collections of Short stories published by Virgin Publishing based on the Television series Doctor Who
He also wrote the Hartswood Films drama series Jekyll, a modern version of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, which aired on BBC One in June and July 2007. Hartswood Films is a British television production company founded and run by producer Beryl Vertue. Jekyll is a British television drama series produced by Hartswood Films and Stagescreen Productions for BBC One. Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a Novella written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and first published in 1886
In June 2007 he told The Stage that he is working on a new sitcom. The Stage is a weekly British Newspaper founded in 1880 available nationally and published on Thursdays Provisionally titled Adam and Eve, "it concerns a boss and his PA, who are long-term friends but never get together. " In October 2007 it was reported that Moffat would be scripting a trilogy of Tintin films for directors Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. Tintin is an upcoming Motion capture 3-D film based The Adventures of Tintin, a series of Comic books created by Steven Allan Spielberg, KBE (Hon (born December 18 1946 is an American Film director, Screenwriter and producer. Peter Robert Jackson, CNZM (born 31 October 1961 is a three-time Academy Award -winning New Zealand director producer and writer best known for directing 
Moffat has been a lifelong Doctor Who fan and, in 2004, was signed to write for the revival. Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. His contribution for the first series, transmitted in 2005, was the Hugo Award-winning two-part story "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances". The Hugo Awards are given every year for the best Science fiction or Fantasy works and achievements of the previous year " The Empty Child " is an episode in the British Science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast on " The Doctor Dances " is an episode in the British Science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast In the DVD audio commentary he says that he waited forty years to see his name appear on top of that theme music.  He wrote an episode for each of the two following series of Doctor Who: "The Girl in the Fireplace" in the 2006 series (which won the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form, and was nominated for a 2006 Nebula Award,) and "Blink" in the 2007 series. " The Girl in the Fireplace " is the fourth episode of the second series of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who The Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation Short Form is an award given annually by members of the World Science Fiction Convention for the best science fiction The Nebula Award is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA for the best Science fiction / Fantasy fiction " Blink " is an episode of the British Science fiction television series Doctor Who. In the Doctor Who Magazine reader poll for the 2007 series, Moffat was voted as best writer and "Blink" as the best story. Doctor Who Magazine (abbreviated as DWM) is a Magazine devoted to the long-running British Science fiction television The episode was also nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Script. The Nebula Award is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA for the best Science fiction / Fantasy fiction  In 2008 it secured him his third Hugo nomination, again for Best Dramatic Presentation, the BAFTA Craft Award for Best Writer, and a BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Screenwriter. The British Academy Television Awards, also known as the BAFTAs &mdash or to differentiate them from the BAFTA Film Awards, the BAFTA Television Awards BAFTA Cymru (or BAFTA Wales) is the national organisation for Wales of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.  He also wrote the 2007 Children in Need "special scene" "Time Crash". "Time Crash" is a mini-episode of the British Science fiction television series Doctor Who.
He has written a two-part story for series four in 2008, entitled "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead". "Silence in the Library" is the eighth episode of the fourth series of the revived British Science fiction television series Doctor " Forest of the Dead " is the ninth episode of the fourth series of British Science fiction television series Doctor Who. This makes Moffat and series executive producer Russell T Davies the only writers to have contributed scripts to all four series of the revived show. Russell T Davies, OBE (born Stephen Russell Davies, 27 April, 1963) is a critically acclaimed British Television producer In February 2008, The Sun claimed that these scripts had been leaked to its TV Biz column. The Sun is a Tabloid daily newspaper published in the United Kingdom and Ireland with the highest circulation of any daily English-language  In March 2008, Davies said that he often rewrites scripts from other writers, but "with Steven Moffat's scripts, I don't touch a word". 
The BBC announced in May 2008 that Moffat would be taking over from Russell T Davies as head writer and executive producer for the revived show's fifth series, to be broadcast in 2010.