The Owl at the Window

A dramatic, moving and darkly comic memoir.

A remarkable story of renewal and hope.

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About Carl Gorham

carl-g-aboutCarl Gorham is best known as the creator, co-writer and producer of the cult animated TV sitcom, “Stressed Eric”, the first ever British adult animated sitcom. Featuring the voices of Alison Steadman, Rebecca Front, Mark Heap and Alexander Armstrong, it was first broadcast on BBC2 in 1998, has been shown in more than twenty countries and was the first animated sitcom to be played in primetime on NBC in the USA for thirty-five years. It also won a number of awards including two British Animation Awards, two New York TV Festival Awards and an Indie Award.

Carl started in the mid-eighties in comedy duo “Gorham and Swift”, performing on the London cabaret circuit. He got his first writing commission for BBC Radio on “The Jessica Martin Show” (R2) and later contributed as a writer to “Jeremy Beadle’s night-cap” (R2) and the award winning “In One Ear” (R4). “Gorham and Swift” were then commissioned to do their own half hour show on BBC Radio 2 which ran for three series.

He moved into TV in the 90’s, writing sketches for Hale and Pace (ITV) and Josie Lawrence (C4) and then his first sitcom “Just a Gigolo” (ITV) featuring Tony Slattery. It was co-written with Amanda Swift and Michael Hatt and was nominated for a British Comedy Award. The same team wrote the sitcom “Agony Again” (BBC1), starring Maureen Lipman, and Carl and Michael together worked on the British version of the hit Fox sitcom “Married with Children” (ITV), starring Russ Abbott.

“Stressed Eric” was his first animation series. He later co-wrote and produced a fifty-two-part adaptation of the best-selling “Meg and Mog” books for CITV, featuring the voices of Alan Bennett, Phil Cornwell and Fay Ripley, a series which was nominated for a Bafta. He also wrote and produced the animated show “Deadsville” (C4), “The Bungle Brothers show” (Arte TV in Germany and France) and co-wrote the pilot “Me and All the Mothers” with Jack Docherty for BBC Scotland.

More recently, he has written a radio series, “The Very Old Pretenders” (R4) starring David Haigh, the sitcom pilot “Martin” starring Alan Davies, Dirvla Kirwan and Alison Steadman (ITV) and “Cardboard Mummy”, a film script for Red Productions, co-written with Jack Docherty and financed by Creative England.

His memoir – “The Owl at the Window” will be published on Feb 9th 2017 by Hodder and Stoughton.

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