Head of Comedy | Sky

Top credits: ‘Little Crackers’, ‘Gavin And Stacey’, ‘The Catherine Tate Show’.

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Lucy Lumsden joined Sky in November 2009 as Head of Comedy. Alongside Stuart Murphy, she implemented a multi-million pound comedy strategy to work with the nation’s best writers and producers to deliver smart mainstream originated British comedy to Sky.

December 2010 saw the first product of Lucy's strategy – ‘Little Crackers’, a series of 12 auto-biographical shorts written by, starring and directed by some the UK's biggest talents including Victoria Wood, Dawn French, Julia Davis, Stephen Fry and Bill Bailey. Lucy is currently developing a raft of half-hour sitcoms and hour-long comedy dramas for Sky's entertainment channels.

Projects currently in production include: ‘Stella’, a smart, funny family saga created by and starring Ruth Jones in the title role as a 40-something mum juggling the demands of life, love and the next door neighbour’s horse and ‘Mount Pleasant’a comedy drama from former ‘Shameless’ scribe Sarah Hooper both for Sky 1HD. ‘This Is Jinsy’ is an eccentric comedy written by and starring newcomers Chris Bran and Justin Chubb, and directed by BAFTA® award-winner Matt Lipsey for Sky Atlantic.

Prior to joining Sky Lucy spent 11 years at the BBC and was the BBC's first Controller of Comedy Commissioning, having responsibility for commissioning scripted comedy from both in-house and the independent sector.

Lucy has developed, commissioned and worked with the very best in British comedy to produce an impressive array of hits across BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four. This includes the award-winning ‘Outnumbered’, ‘Gavin and Stacey’, ‘Rev’, ‘Grandma’s House’, ‘The Trip’, ‘The Catherine Tate Show’, ‘Miranda’, ‘Lead Balloon’, ‘Reggie Perrin’, ‘Harry & Paul’, ‘Armstrong & Miller’, ‘My Family’ and ‘The Worst Week of My Life’.

Many of BBC Three’s early successes were in collaboration with then channel controller Stuart Murphy: ‘Gavin and Stacey’, ‘Nighty Night’, ‘Pulling’, ‘The Mighty Boosh’, ‘Ideal’ and ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’.

Lucy began her career in television in 1992 working at the ‘Comic Strip’ for BBC Two, then worked across a number of comedies, drama serials and documentaries at the BBC until 1998. 


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