Simon Blackwell

Simon Blackwell

  • Writer

Both Oscar and BAFTA nominated and double awarding winning Simon Blackwell, wrote on the hit HBO Comedy, Veep, which he also Executive Produced with Armando Iannucci, with whom he has been working with since 2003. In 2019 Simon and Armando released a film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ‘The Personal History David Copperfield’, to rave reviews. 2020 brings his latest works - Series 2 of the critically acclaimed Channel 4 series ‘Back’ which he wrote for Mitchel and Webb and the FX and Sky comedy ‘Breeders’, which he co-created with Martin Freeman and Chris Addison; this year also brings a second series for both Breeders and Avenue 5.

Other film work includes co-writing on Chris Morris’s 'Four Lions', in collaboration with Chris, Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain. Simon had previously collaborated with Jesse and Sam on the cult Channel 4 sitcom 'Peep Show' and has since written with Jesse on HBO’s 'Succession'. He was chief writer for The 'Thick Of It' and wrote numerous episodes of 'Peep Show'. Simon co-wrote the multi-award winning 'In The Loop' and Armstrong & Miller's streetwise WWII pilots. Hugely in demand on both sides of the Atlantic.

Selected Credits (See Full Credits)

Breeders (Seasons 1 & 2) (Television)

Writer and Co-creator



Back (Seasons 1 & 2) (Television)

Writer and Executive Producer

2017 - 2020

Big Talk Productions

Avenue 5 (Seasons 1 & 2) (Television)

Writer and Executive Producer



The Personal History of David Copperfield (Film)



Veep (Television)

Writer / Executive Producer

2012 - 2015




'Avenue 5' Renewed for season 2 at HBO

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Personal History Of David Copperfield takes 5 awards at BIFAs

Monday, December 2, 2019

Succession Nominated for Best Drama Series and Best New Series in 2019 Writers Guild Awards

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

'David Copperfield' is the talk of Cannes

Thursday, May 17, 2018

British Comedy Guide Awards 2017

Monday, January 29, 2018

Rave reviews for Simon Blackwell's 'Back'

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Simon Blackwell to write 'Back' for Channel 4

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Another win for Veep at Writers Guild Awards 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

VEEP wins big at last night's Primetime Emmy Awards

Monday, September 21, 2015

VEEP picks up 9 nominations in this year's EMMYS

Friday, July 24, 2015


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