Cartoonist, TV Program Creator
Who is Nick Newman?
The son of an RAF officer, Newman was born in Kuala Lumpur and schooled at Ardingly College where his satirical career began, working on revues with Ian Hislop. In his last term at Ardingly, Newman was 'asked to leave', after wiring up the chapel to play rock music during a chapel service. Despite this incident Newman managed to secure a place at Oxford University where he read history and continued collaborating with Hislop, who was studying English there.
Hislop and Newman subsequently wrote for Maureen Lipman and co-wrote several episodes of Murder Most Horrid for Dawn French. Newman and Hislop's credits also include two series of My Dad's the Prime Minister for BBC 1, sketches for The Harry Enfield Show, creating the character Tim Nice-But-Dim, and the BBC Radio 4 series Gush, a satire based on the first Gulf War, in the style of Jeffrey Archer. Writing for radio, he has co-written all episodes of Dave Podmore's World of Cricket, Dave Podmore's Ashes, Strictly Dave Podmore with Chris Douglas and Andrew Nickolds and The News at Bedtime with long-time friend and schoolmate Ian Hislop. Also with Chris Douglas, he wrote 2 series of Mastering the Universe for Dawn French on Radio 4. In 2008 he co-wrote A Bunch of Amateurs - starring Burt Reynolds, Sir Derek Jacobi and Samantha Bond - which was the Royal Film Performance for that year.