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Toby Whithouse

BornToby Lawrence Whithouse ( 1970-07-05 ) 5 July 1970 (age 50) Southend , Essex , England
OccupationActor, screenwriter, playwright
Twitter@tobywhithouse
Years active1992-present
Aidan Turner, Russell Tovey, Lenora Critchlow & Toby Whithouse (3773117440).jpg "Aidan Turner, Russell Tovey, Lenora Critchlow & Toby Whithouse (3773117440).jpg", by vagueonthehow from Tadcaster, York, England, licensed under CC BY 2.0

Toby Whithouse is an English actor, stand up comedian and screenwriter. He is the writer of the BBC and Syfy series Being Human. He is also the executive producer of both series. In BBC series he also portrayed the character Alistair Frith. Thus, he is also a member of the BBC Cast. His highest-profile work has been the creation of the BBC Three supernatural television series Being Human. In 2008, Pilot of Being Human, created and written by Whithouse, was shown on BBC Three. At first, it was not part of the BBC's line-up for new commissioned series, but after positive public feedback, including a petition for its return, it returned on BBC Three as a 6-part series in early 2009. The first episode debuted on 25 January 2009. He also created the Channel 4 television drama series No Angels, and has written for BBC One's Hotel Babylon and Doctor Who. One of his Doctor Who episodes, titled School Reunion, features the return of robot dog K-9 and 1970s companion Sarah Jane Smith. After initially attending art college in his home town of Southend, Whithouse decided to drop out of course and turn to acting as a profession. He was a regular in the early 1990s BBC One drama series House of Eliott, and also appeared on stage in the West End, co-starring with Gene Wilder in Laughter on 23 Floor by Neil Simon in 1997. Frustrate at what he perceived as a lack of quality in many of the scripts he was sent to read, Whithouse took to writing in his spare time between acting roles, eventually writing a play which was performed as opening production of Soho Theatre in Dean Street, London. Following this, he got his first television work, writing episode for the ITV drama series Where Heart Is. He then became associated with the independent production company World Productions, for whom he worked on the BBC Two drama series Attachments. When Channel 4 approached World with view to new drama series commission, company came up with the idea of a series concerning the lives of four nurses in the North of England, and Whithouse was given the task of fleshing out and formatting the show, which became No Angels. The series was a success, running for three series on Channel 4 from 2004 to 2006. Already being friend of Doctor Who executive producer Julie Gardner, Whithouse was invited to contribute to the series in 2005, eventually writing the third episode of the second season, School Reunion, transmitted on 29 April 2006. He went on to write for Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood, with his episode Greeks Bearing Gifts transmitted on November 26 2006. Whithouse has again written for Doctor Who, contributing the story Vampires of Venice to the 2010 series. As an actor, he appeared in the role of Alistair in the film version of Bridget Jones's Diary in 2001.

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Early life and career

Toby Whithouse is an English actor, stand-up comedian and screenwriter. His highest-profile work has been the creation of the BBC Three supernatural television series Being Human. He also created the Channel 4 television Drama series No Angels, and has written for BBC One's Hotel Babylon. Being friend of Doctor Who Executive Producer Julie Ga rdner, Whithouse was invited to contribute to the series in 2005, eventually writing the third episode of the second season, School Reunion, transmitted on 29 April 2006. He went on to write for Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood, with his episode-greeks Bearing Gifts-transmit on November 26 2006. Whithouse returned to Doctor Who in 2010, contributing to the story Vampires of Venice and returning again to write the series 6 episode God Complex which features David Walliams. Whithouse will return to the series yet again for a seventh season. After initially attending art college in his home town of Southend, Whithouse decided to drop out of course and turn to acting as a profession. He was a regular in the early 1990s BBC One Drama series House of Eliott, and also appeared on stage in the West End, co-starring with Gene Wilder in Laughter on 23 Floor by Neil Simon in 1997. Frustrate at what he perceived as a lack of quality in many of the scripts he was sent to read, Whithouse took to writing in his spare time between acting roles, eventually writing the play Jump Mr. Malinoff, Jump which won the Verity Bargate Award. The play was performed as opening production at Soho Theatre in Dean Street, London. Following this, he got his first television work, writing an episode for the ITV Drama series Where Heart Is. He then became associated with the independent production company World Productions, for whom he worked on the BBC Two Drama series Attachments. When Channel 4 approached World with view to new drama series commission, company came up with the idea of a series concerning the lives of four nurses in the North of England, and Whithouse was given the task of fleshing out and formatting the show, which became No Angels. The series was a success, running for three series on Channel 4 from 2004 to 2006. In 2008 the pilot of Being Human, created and written by Whithouse, was shown on BBC Three. At first, it was not part of the BBC's line-up for new commissioned series, but after positive public feedback, including a petition for its return, it returned on BBC Three as a 6-part series in early 2009. The first episode debuted on 25 January 2009. As an actor, he appeared in the role of Alistair in the film version of Bridget Jones's Diary in 2001.

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Television writing credits

Television writing credits

ProductionNotesBroadcaster
Where the Heart Is"Letting Go" (1999)ITV
Attachments"Flat Management", Series One (2000)BBC Two
No AngelsSeries Creator, various episodes (2004-2006)Channel 4
Hotel BabylonSeries 1, Episode 5 (2006)BBC One
Doctor Who" School Reunion " (2006) " The Vampires of Venice " (2010) " The God Complex " (2011) " A Town Called Mercy " (2012) " Under the Lake " / " Before the Flood " (2015) " The Lie of the Land " (2017)BBC One
Torchwood" Greeks Bearing Gifts " (2006)BBC Three
Other PeoplePilot episode shown in C4's Comedy Showcase (2007)Channel 4
Being HumanSeries Creator, 17 episodes (2008-2013)BBC Three
The GameSeries Creator, 4 of 6 episodes (2014)BBC Two
Noughts and CrossesSeries Creator (2020)BBC One

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Theatre writing credits

Theatre writing credits

ProductionFirst PerformedTheatre
Jump, Mr Malinoff, Jump2000Soho Theatre
Blue Eyes Heels2005Soho Theatre
Executioner No. 12017Soho Theatre

You might know him best as part of Doctor Who's regular writing roster since 2005, or as creator of BBC Three's supernatural series Being Human, but now Toby Whithouse is returning to his roots. Whithouse worked as an actor for eight years before turning his hand to writing in the late '90s, with his first play performed in opening production of London's Soho Theatre in 2000. Seventeen years later and he's back in Soho with a new One-man show. Executioner Number One is set in alternate England where the death penalty has been reinstated and part-time Executioner Ian is pursuing his ambition of becoming the country's most senior hangman. The Architects of the Holocaust were Hitler and his council, but also there were people that loaded people onto trains, people that drove trains. And that's character I want to explore. That's who Ian is. I find that fascinating-that notion of horrific evil being carried out by very ordinary people and Ian is a very ordinary person. In a way, that's what's most chilling about him. Whithouse began developing Executioner Number on e as a potential short film to write and direct, and had no intention of being it-with project gradually morphing into its current form. I'd just had this TV show called Game, which had not been a particularly enjoyable experience and so I wanted to do something else. I wanted to do something that would just use a different bit of my brain and I really miss performing, and so I kind've thought actually maybe, maybe I could do this? I was an actor before I became a writer, so it wasn't completely Florence Foster Jenkins vainglorious indulgence! Just as unplanned was how the show has become, Whithouse say, worryingly topical-with only a couple of tiny bits added to the script to reflect today's Britain, post-Brexit. I'd never intended to write something current or satirical-it was meant to be slightly high-concept flight of fancy! I make it so that legislation that brought the death penalty back in 1975 was actually a referendum. And I add a line inspired by Michael Gove, about being 'free from experts'-but apart from that. I'd much rather that people were able to dismiss this place as, 'Oh that could never happen! '-as oppose to thinking, 'It could probably happen in two months', which is kind of where we are now. Taking to the stage again for first time in 11 years, Whithouse said he feels mixture of real excitement and absolute white-knuckle terror. I veer between two, sort of hourly. I'm really looking forward to it and quite rightly terrify and daunt as well. But now that he's taken leap, it sounds as though he's keen to re-establish himself as an actor alongside his writing for stage and screen. It takes me a long time to then redefine myself, in my own mind, as a writer, which I've been doing for about 20 years now.

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But what happens when those stars walk away, seeking new opportunities? Do you pack it all up or do you risk starting anew, rebuilding your relationship with the audience with new characters? Toby WHITHOUSE has chosen the latter with his creation Being Human, original UK supernatural drama that has its fourth Season premiere on BBC America this Saturday at 9 / 8c. The epic finale of Season 3 saw the tragic, wrenching departures of vampire Mitchell and werewolf Nina, and original cast member Russell Tovey will follow them outs doors early in the new Season. Lenora Crichlow's ghost Annie remains as the only link to shows original roommate trio, with two new lodgers, vampire Hal and werewolf Tom, taking up residence alongside her. Meanwhile, WHITHOUSE is contributing writer on the long-running sci-fi Series Doctor Who, which will see the exit of the Doctors ' married companions Amy and Rory in its upcoming Season. Among TV fanbases, Whovians are uniquely accustomed to change. But for new fans brought in during Matt Smith's current run as Time Lord, departures of his beloved cohorts Amy and Rory may be heartbreaking. In light of these massive changes, we speak to WHITHOUSE about what we can expect in upcoming seasons of both series, including hints of his upcoming Doctor Who episode. But to be honest, I was always relatively sanguine about creating new shows or creating a new generation of show. Its essential DNA, its tone, its levity, and its character, and its humanity, I knew that that was going to remain the same. So many of the ingredients were still intact: I was still writing it, we were going to have the same producer. I was kind of confident that we would be able to survive this transition and still make show that people would like. And I have to say the response-cause what weve see now where were nearly halfway through transmission in the UK-response has been absolutely fantastic. And new characters have gone down absolute storm, which is obviously a huge relief for us because that was a big concern. But so far, changes seem to have been much smoother than we kind of dare imagine. And there have been a couple of fans who rather guiltily confess that they dont miss George or Mitchell or Nina at all. And the new characters are so compelling-New actors are so extraordinary, they are-that it feels as though the transition has been pretty smooth, despite everyones concern. In terms of laying the groundwork, because we always kind of knew that that day would come-and it would be a bit reckless of us to assume that wed be able to hang on to Aidan Turner for 12 Series-and so I think in a way, youre always slightly preparing yourself for it. For example, in Series Two, I involve Mitchell in the Box Tunnel Massacre. I know that that ultimately would be why character leave the show.

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