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David Nicholls

Writer

David Nicholls is a screenwriter, as well as the author of four novels including bestsellers Starter For Ten and One Day, both of which have been adapted for the screen. One Day has sold 5 million copies around the world and is published in over 40 languages. David’s latest novel, Us, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and in the year that it was published (2014) he was named UK Author of the Year at the National Book Awards.
David worked as an actor before moving into script-editing for theatre, radio and TV, His first produced screenplay was an adaptation of Sam Shepard’s play Simpatico. He then worked in British TV for several years, writing episodes of Cold Feet as well as original series Rescue Me and I Saw You.
As a scriptwriter for TV, David’s credits include adaptations of Tess of the d’Urbervilles and original contemporary drama The 7.39, all for the BBC. As well as his own novels, David has adapted Blake Morrison’s memoir, And When Did You Last See Your Father?, starring Jim Broadbent and Colin Firth, Dickens’ Great Expectations with Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham-Carter and the 2015 adaptation of Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd, featuring Carey Mulligan.
He has been nominated for a BAFTA three times, as Best Newcomer, for his work on Cold Feet and for the BBC single drama Shakespeare Retold – Much Ado About Nothing. His most recent work is Patrick Melrose, a five-part adaptation of Edward St. Aubyn’s novels, Patrick Melrose, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Jennifer Jason-Leigh and Hugo Weaving. The serial has been nominated for five Primetime Emmy awards.

Credits

FEATURE FILM
Date: 2015
Production (role):
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
Company:
BBC / DNA Films
Date: 2012
Production (role):
GREAT EXPECTATIONS
Company:
Number 9 Films / UKFC
Project details:
Dir. Mike Newell
Date: 2011
Production (role):
ONE DAY
Company:
Focus Features
Project details:
Adapted from David’s own novel

Dir. Lone Scherfig

Starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess

Date: 2007
Production (role):
AND WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE YOUR FATHER?
Company:
FIlm Four / UKFC / Number 9 Films
Project details:
Film adaptation of Blake Morrison's memoir
Date: 2006
Production (role):
STARTER FOR TEN
Company:
BBC / HBO / Playtone
Project details:
Starring James McAvoy
Date: 1999
Production (role):
SIMPATICO (Co-Writer)
Company:
Emotion Pictures / Canal +
Project details:
Co-written with Matthew Warchus, adapted from the play by Sam Shepard

Starring Jeff Bridges, Sharon Stone, Nick Nolte and Albert Finney
TELEVISION
Date: 2017
Production (role):
PATRICK MELROSE
Company:
Rachael Horovitz / Sky Atlantic
Project details:
5 x 60' adapation of the Edward St Aubyn novels

Prod. Rachael Horovitz
Date: 2013
Production (role):
7.39
Company:
Carnival / BBC
Project details:
2 x 60' original drama
Date: 2008
Production (role):
TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES
Company:
BBC
Project details:
Four-part adaptation
Date: 2007
Production (role):
AFTERSUN
Company:
BBC
Project details:
A single drama Comedy Playhouse

Based on a play for the Old Vic New Voice charity night
Date: 2006
Production (role):
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Company:
BBC 1
Project details:
A loose adaptation of Shakespeare's play
Date: 2002
Production (role):
RESCUE ME
Company:
BBC 1
Project details:
A six-part comedy-drama
Date: 2001
Production (role):
I SAW YOU
Company:
ITV
Project details:
Mini-series
Date: 1999
Production (role):
COLD FEET SERIES THREE
Company:
ITV (4 Episodes)
Project details:
Hit series
BOOKS
Production (role):
US
Project details:
Fiction
Production (role):
ONE DAY
Project details:
Fiction

Published in hardback in 2009 to extraordinary critical acclaim, and stayed in the Sunday Times top ten bestseller list for ten weeks on publication. It has since gone on to sell over 2 million copies and has been translated into thirty-seven languages

Winner of the 2010 Galaxy Book of the Year Award
Production (role):
STARTER FOR TEN
Project details:
Fiction Novel

Featured on Richard and Judy's Book Club
Production (role):
THE UNDERSTUDY
Project details:
Fiction Novel

Featured on BBC's Pageturners Book Club

Credits

  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
    Company: BBC / DNA Films
    Project details:
  • Date: 2012
    Production (role): GREAT EXPECTATIONS
    Company: Number 9 Films / UKFC
    Project details: Dir. Mike Newell
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): ONE DAY
    Company: Focus Features
    Project details: Adapted from David’s own novel

    Dir. Lone Scherfig

    Starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess

  • Date: 2007
    Production (role): AND WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE YOUR FATHER?
    Company: FIlm Four / UKFC / Number 9 Films
    Project details: Film adaptation of Blake Morrison's memoir
  • Date: 2006
    Production (role): STARTER FOR TEN
    Company: BBC / HBO / Playtone
    Project details: Starring James McAvoy
  • Date: 1999
    Production (role): SIMPATICO (Co-Writer)
    Company: Emotion Pictures / Canal +
    Project details: Co-written with Matthew Warchus, adapted from the play by Sam Shepard

    Starring Jeff Bridges, Sharon Stone, Nick Nolte and Albert Finney
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): PATRICK MELROSE
    Company: Rachael Horovitz / Sky Atlantic
    Project details: 5 x 60' adapation of the Edward St Aubyn novels

    Prod. Rachael Horovitz
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): 7.39
    Company: Carnival / BBC
    Project details: 2 x 60' original drama
  • Date: 2008
    Production (role): TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES
    Company: BBC
    Project details: Four-part adaptation
  • Date: 2007
    Production (role): AFTERSUN
    Company: BBC
    Project details: A single drama Comedy Playhouse

    Based on a play for the Old Vic New Voice charity night
  • Date: 2006
    Production (role): MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
    Company: BBC 1
    Project details: A loose adaptation of Shakespeare's play
  • Date: 2002
    Production (role): RESCUE ME
    Company: BBC 1
    Project details: A six-part comedy-drama
  • Date: 2001
    Production (role): I SAW YOU
    Company: ITV
    Project details: Mini-series
  • Date: 1999
    Production (role): COLD FEET SERIES THREE
    Company: ITV (4 Episodes)
    Project details: Hit series
  • Publication (role)
    Project details
  • Production (role): US
    Project details: Fiction
  • Production (role): ONE DAY
    Project details: Fiction

    Published in hardback in 2009 to extraordinary critical acclaim, and stayed in the Sunday Times top ten bestseller list for ten weeks on publication. It has since gone on to sell over 2 million copies and has been translated into thirty-seven languages

    Winner of the 2010 Galaxy Book of the Year Award
  • Production (role): STARTER FOR TEN
    Project details: Fiction Novel

    Featured on Richard and Judy's Book Club
  • Production (role): THE UNDERSTUDY
    Project details: Fiction Novel

    Featured on BBC's Pageturners Book Club
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