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A Very Social Secretary - 2005
A comedy about the David Blunkett affair which won the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Single Drama.

The Trail of Tony Blair - 2007
nominated for a BAFTA as best single drama.

Not The Nine O'Clock News - 1979/82
An irreverent, fast-tempo revue show with a taste for getting up the noses of the establishment, the show embodied the anarchic spirit and political scepticism of the day.

It'll all be over in half an hour - 1979/82
Series of cabaret-style entertainments with Jonathan Dimbleby on the arguments surrounding nuclear weapons.

Spitting Image 1984/96
Spitting Image's latex puppets burst onto UK screens in 1984; the show ran until 1996 and at its peak was watched by 15 million people. The viciously funny satirical show routinely cut Britain's politicians and celebrities down to size - no one was safe ...

Downwardly mobile - 1994
Comedy series starring Stephen Tompkinson, Josie Lawrence, Philip Jackson and Frances de la Tour.


ALISTAIR BEATON wrote the award-winning television film A VERY SOCIAL SECRETARY about the David Blunkett affair, launching More4 in 2005. Starring Bernard Hill and Victoria Hamilton, and directed by Jon Jones, it won the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Single Drama.

This was followed in 2007 by the Channel 4 film THE TRIAL OF TONY BLAIR. Starring Robert Lindsay, Phoebe Nicholls, Peter Mullan and Alexander Armstrong, and directed by Simon Cellan-Jones, it was nominated for a BAFTA as best single drama.

Both these films were produced by Hal Vogel and David Aukin, for Mentorn / Daybreak Pictures.

Alistair Beaton’s other television writing includes DOWNWARDLY MOBILE (ITV) a sitcom written with Barry Pilton and starring Frances de la Tour, Josie Lawrence, Philip Jackson and Stephen Tompkinson. It was directed by Martin Dennis.

Alistair was one of the founders of NOT THE NINE O’CLOCK NEWS. He also wrote many song lyrics for SPITTING IMAGE. 

More recently... Alistair has been commissioned by HAT TRICK Productions to write a pilot for a new sitcom series. Watch this space.