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Doug Naylor

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Doug Naylor

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Full Name: Douglas R. Naylor
Born: Manchester, England
Occupation: Comedy and SF writer. Tv director and producer


Naylor studied at the University of Liverpool. In the mid-1980s, Naylor wrote two regular comedy sketch shows for the BBC entitled Cliché and Son of Cliche, as well as Wrinkles for Radio 4. These sketch shows were scripted by Naylor along with another writer, Rob Grant. This writing partnership was successful with Naylor and Grant going on to co-write and produce numerous other series throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

The collaborations between Grant and Naylor have often used the pseudonym Grant Naylor. They wrote the British science fiction comedy television series, Red Dwarf under this name. Their earlier radio sketch shows formed the basis for the show; Chris Barrie starred in both those and Red Dwarf.

Some time between the airing of the sixth series of Red Dwarf in 1993, and the writing of the seventh series in 1996, Rob Grant ended his partnership with Naylor after revealing he was tired of it and that he intended to quit and pursue other projects. The pair announced their professional split and cited creative and professional differences, along with Grant's desire to move onto new shows.

With this split, it appeared as though Red Dwarf was finished; other obstacles included the fact that Barrie was tied up starring in The Brittas Empire and the other star of Red Dwarf, Craig Charles was in prison. However when Charles was exonerated and Barrie became available for a few episodes a seventh series finally went ahead. Doug Naylor went on to write the seventh and eighth series of Red Dwarf mostly on his own (70% of the series by his own estimate).

In 2007, Naylor was primarily focused on the production of the DVD releases of Red Dwarf and the postulated movie.

In 2008 it was announced by Grant Naylor Productions that Red Dwarf would return to TV in the form of four half hour specials for the digital channel Dave. The episodes were broadcast over the Easter weekend, 2009, and comprising a three-part special (20 minutes each), Back To Earth and a behind-the-scenes "Making of" Back to Earth. Naylor wrote the scripts for the three new episodes and also directed them. Back to Earth received record ratings for freeview channel Dave.

In 1994, an episode of Red Dwarf from the sixth series, "Gunmen of the Apocalypse", won an International Emmy Award in the Popular Arts category, and in the same year the series was also awarded "Best BBC Comedy Series" at the British Comedy Awards. The series attracted its highest ratings, of over eight million viewers, during the eighth series in 1999.

In 2011, Dave commissioned Naylor to write a new six episode series of Red Dwarf, later entitled Red Dwarf X.

Works in the WWEnd Database

 Red Dwarf

 0. (1992)
 1. (1989)
 2. (1990)
 3. (1995)