Marcus Mortimer Biography
Marcus is presently developing a new half hour comedy series for Channel 4 with writers Pete Sinclair (Lead Balloon), James Serafinowicz (BBC Comedy Feeds, Sick Note) and Comedian/writer and newspaper columnist Mark Steel.
He is also working with Producer/writer Bill Dare on a new half hour mainstream comedy and recently travelled the world with Paul Merton producing Channel Fives’s flagship show “Paul Merton’s Adventures”.
His company Big Bear Films has been producing comedy, drama and factual entertainment over the last 12 years. With his partner at Big Bear, John Stroud, they produced over 50 episodes of the BBC ONE hit family comedy My Hero, starring Ardal O’Hanlon as well as new comedy BIG TOP starring Amanda Holden, John Thomson, Tony Robinson, Sophie Thompson, Ruth Madoc and Bruce MacKinnon.
As well as comedy, Marcus has produced the horror/fantasy drama series STRANGE for BBC ONE, which starred Ian Richardson, Richard Coyle and Samantha Janus. And more recently in factual entertainment Big Bear Films discovered “The Hairy Bikers” and produced three series of “The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook”, which set the duo onto world domination !
Marcus directed ITV’s flagship Christmas drama, The Flint Street Nativity, written by Tim Firth and starring Stephen Tompkinson, Neil Morrissey, Jane Horrocks, Frank Skinner, John Thomson, Mark Addy, Dervla Kirwan and Julia Sawalha.
Until 1989, Marcus was a staff Producer/Director with the BBC where his credits included Carrot’s Lib, Victoria Wood – as seen on TV and The Rory Bremner Show. In 1989 he produced and directed the series Alexei Sayle’s Stuff which won an RTS Award, the Writer’s Guild Award and an Emmy for the Best Popular Arts Programme.
On leaving the BBC to work as a freelance , he produced and directed The Mary Whitehouse Experience, the cult satire show, followed by David Renwick and Andrew Marshall’s If You See God Tell Him (starring Richard Briers, Ade Edmonson and Imelda Staunton), which marked the beginning of Marcus’s involvement in 50 minute comedy/drama. He went on to direct Tim Firth’s Preston Front, which was nominated for a BAFTA won an RTS Award and won best comedy/drama at the British Comedy Awards.
Marcus directed the first three episodes of Jonathan Creek, and won the BAFTA for best drama series. Other dramas he has directed include the highly acclaimed BBC 2 satirical thriller, In The Red, written by Malcolm Bradbury and starring Warren Clarke, Stephen Fry, John Bird, Richard Wilson, Richard Griffiths, and Rik Mayall; and Bostock’s Cup, a satirical drama about a 3rd Division Club’s road to Wembley starring Neil Pearson, Nick Hancock and Tim Healy and written by Chris England for LWT.
He has also directed commercials as well as videos for Victoria Wood, Rik Mayall and Ade Edmonson, Bob Monkhouse, Ben Elton, Peter Kay and Reginald D Hunter