Tim Dawson

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Tim Dawson
Born1988 (age 3536) [1]
Occupation Screenwriter
Notable works Coming of Age
Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps

Tim Dawson (born 1988) is a British screenwriter, best known for his work on a number of television comedies.



He was educated at Abingdon School from 1999 to 2006. [2] During his time at school, he was the comedy actor in school productions of Here to Entertain You and The Comedians. He also wrote, produced and directed Bang Goes Douglas Smith. [3]


Dawson began his career in 2007 when his original sitcom, Coming of Age , was piloted by BBC Three. [4] The show ran for three series [5] [6] [7] to mixed reviews. [8]

He also wrote on Series 7 and 8 of Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps . [9] Dawson was identified as a "Broadcast Hot Shot" in a 2008 edition of the industry magazine Broadcast . [10]

The British Comedy Guide website states that, in 2016, Dawson and Two Pints creator Susan Nickson were working on a new Carry On film. [11] [ importance? ]

In 2018, Dawson contributed an episode to Lady Christina, a series of audio dramas spun-off from Doctor Who and made by Big Finish Productions. [12]

Dawson stood as a Conservative council candidate for the ward of Hulme in the 2018 Manchester City Council elections. He received 182 votes and came 6th in the election. [13]

In 2019, The Guardian reported that Dawson, a keen supporter of Brexit, was acting as the public face of the pro-Brexit organisation Britain's Future. [14] The organisation was the biggest single UK political advertiser on Facebook, spending £422,000 campaigning for a hard Brexit. [15] The money was allegedly spent buying "dark ads" targeting anti-Brexit politicians. [16] [ better source needed ] Dawson has declined to answer questions about who funded his campaign. [17]

Not for Turning, a radio drama by Dawson, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2020. [18]

Dawson has written articles for The Daily Telegraph , [19] The Spectator , [20] The Critic , [21] Spiked , [22] and the British Comedy Guide . [23]

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