Tim Kirkby

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Tim Kirkby
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Kirkby in 2015
Timothy John Kirkby

(1970-11-13) 13 November 1970 (age 53)
Sidcup, Kent, England
OccupationFilm & TV Director
Years active2000–present
Known for The Pentaverate (2022)
Fleabag (2016)
Veep (2012–2014)
Brockmire (2017)
SpouseKirsty Mckinnell (m. 2006)

Timothy John Kirkby (born 13 November 1970 in Sidcup, Kent, England) is a British filmmaker, working in both the United Kingdom and the United States. He is best known for directing the science parody series Look Around You , the BAFTA winning BBC 2 show Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle , and setting up the multi-award winning Fleabag .



Kirkby made his TV directorial debut with the BAFTA nominated science spoof Look Around You . He received further recognition for the first season of the BAFTA nominated My Mad Fat Diary , the BAFTA nominated BBC single drama The C Word , and more recently the critically acclaimed Fleabag .

In the United States he created and directed all eight episodes and co-executive produced the award-winning first & second season of Brockmire for IFC. Other notable US television directing credits includes episodes of the Emmy-winning HBO comedy Veep (TV series) , Grace & Frankie , Brooklyn Nine Nine , and Man Seeking Woman .

He has also made documentaries with Motörhead, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest for the multi-award-winning documentary strand Classic Albums, as well as creating and directing all 4 series of the critically acclaimed BAFTA winning show 'Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle a six-part comedy series featuring standup and sketches. The first season was executive produced by Armando Iannucci and script edited by Chris Morris. The first episode received positive reviews from The Independent and The Daily Mirror, although the show received a negative review, written by Stewart Lee in Time Out, in which he described himself as "fat" and his performance as "positively Neanderthal, suggesting a jungle-dwelling pygmy, struggling to coax notes out of a clarinet that has fallen from a passing aircraft". The second series won a BAFTA for Best Comedy Programme in 2012.

His second film, a neo-noir detective story Last Looks set in Los Angeles starring Mel Gibson and Charlie Hunnam, was released in the US on 4 February 2022, and his Netflix 6-part TV series The Pentaverate created by Mike Myers, about a secret society that has been working to control world events since 1347, was released on 5 May 2022.

Tim's latest project Entitled with Two Brothers for Showtime and Channel 4, is an eight part series following an American widower who must get to know his British wife's estranged family in their crumbling gothic mansion.



2018 Action Point YesNoNo
2022 Last Looks YesNoNo
2024Untitled SkyMovie ProjectYesNoNo
TBAMethod MenYesYesNo
TBAThe GloveYesYesNo
TBASinner verses SaintsYesNoNo


2002, 2005 Look Around You YesNo2 series, 14 episodes
2002, 2004, 2005 Classic Albums YesNo3 episodes
2007 Kombat Opera Presents YesNoSeries 1, episodes 4
2010 Little Crackers YesNoSeries 1, episodes 10
2012 Walking and Talking YesNo4-part television serial
2013, 2015 The Alternative Comedy Experience YesNo2 series, 25 episodes
2013 My Mad Fat Diary YesNoSeries 1, episode 1, 2, 3
2009, 2011, 2014, 2016 Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle YesNo4 series, 24 episodes
2013, 2014 Veep YesYes3 episodes of HBO television series
2014 Playing House YesNo3 episodes of USA television series
2015 You, Me and the Apocalypse YesNo3 episodes of Sky television series
2015 Man Seeking Woman YesNo3 episodes of FX television series
2015 Brooklyn Nine Nine YesNo1 episode of USA television series
2015 Grace & Frankie YesNo2 episodes of Netflix television series
2015 The C Word YesNoBBC 1 Television Feature film
2017, 2018 Brockmire YesYes2 series, 8 episodes of IFC television series
2018 Fleabag YesNo1 episode of BBC/Amazon television series (pilot)
2019 Don't Forget the Driver YesNo1 series, 6 episodes of BBC television series
2022 The Pentaverate YesYes1 series, 6 episodes of television series
2023 The Famous Five (upcoming series) YesYes90 minute episode, 3 episodes of BBC Studios television series
2024 Entitled YesYes1 series, 8 episodes of SHOWTIME television series


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