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Douglas Rodger Naylor (born 31 December 1955) is an English comedy writer, science fiction writer, director and television producer.


Life and career

Naylor was born in
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Manchester
, Lancashire, England, and studied at
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and the
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. In the mid-1980s Naylor created and wrote two comedy
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s for
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BBC Radio 4
entitled ''Cliché'' and '' Son of Cliché'', as well as two sitcoms,''Wrinkles'' and ''Wally Who?'' for the same station. These shows were scripted by Naylor along with another writer,
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. This writing partnership was successful, with Grant and Naylor going on to co-write and produce numerous British radio and television series throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including programmes such as ''
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'', ''
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'', ''
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Three of A Kind
'', ''
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'', ''
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'' and they wrote the singles, ''Father Christmas is on the Dole'' which charted in 1986 and
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which was No. 1 in the charts for three weeks (1986). They created the sitcom''
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'' which was awarded "Best ITV Sitcom" at the 1996 British Comedy Awards for the second series after Grant had left the partnership. The collaborations between Grant and Naylor have often used the pseudonym
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. Together, they wrote the British science fiction comedy television series ''
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'' under this name. Their earlier radio sketch shows formed the basis for the show;
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starred in both of these, as well as ''Red Dwarf''. In 1994, an episode of ''Red Dwarf'' from the sixth series, Gunmen of the Apocalypse, won an International Emmy Award in the Popular Arts category, and in the same year the series was also awarded 'Best BBC Comedy Series' at the British Comedy Awards. The series attracted its highest ratings, of over eight million viewers, during the eighth series in 1999. Some time between the airing of the sixth series of ''Red Dwarf'' in 1993, and the writing of the seventh series in 1996, Grant ended his partnership with Naylor after revealing he was tired of it and that he intended to quit and pursue other projects. The pair announced their professional split and cited creative and professional differences, along with Grant's desire to move into new areas. With this split, it appeared as though ''Red Dwarf'' was finished; other obstacles included the fact that
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was tied up starring in ''
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'' and the other star of ''Red Dwarf'',
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, was in prison awaiting trial. However, when Charles was acquitted and Barrie became available for a few episodes, a seventh series finally went ahead. Naylor went on to write the seventh and eighth series of ''Red Dwarf'' mostly on his own (70% of the series, by his own estimate), although some episodes were co-written with Paul Alexander and
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, and one episode co-written with one of the cast members,
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. Naylor is the author of a Red Dwarf novel: ''
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'' (1995). He also wrote ''Primordial Soup'' (1993), ''Son of Soup'' (1996) and Red Dwarf VII: The Official Book (1999). In 2007, Naylor and
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were primarily focused on the production of the DVD releases of ''Red Dwarf'' and the postulated
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. In 2008 it was announced by Grant Naylor Productions that ''Red Dwarf'' would return to television in the form of four half-hour specials for the UKTV Network channel Dave (TV channel), Dave. The episodes were broadcast over the Easter weekend of 2009, and comprising a three-part special (20 minutes each), Red Dwarf: Back to Earth, "Back to Earth", and a behind-the-scenes 'Making of' special. Naylor wrote the scripts for the three new episodes and also directed them. "Back to Earth" received record ratings for the Dave channel. In 2011, Dave commissioned Naylor to write and direct a new six episode series of ''Red Dwarf'', later entitled ''Red Dwarf XI''. The series won the Royal Television Society's award for Best Special Effects, presented in 2013. Naylor formed Three Feet Productions in October 2017 with his son Richard in 2014, and wrote and directed a one-off comedy for BBC One , entitled ''Over To Bill'', starring Hugh Dennis, Neil Morrissey, Tracy Ann Oberman and Helen George and produced by Richard Naylor. In 20152016, Naylor wrote and directed 12 more episodes of ''Red Dwarf'' for Dave). ''Red Dwarf XI'' was broadcast from September 2016 onwards, and ''Red Dwarf XII'' from September 2017. Both series were a Baby Cow Productions commission, with Richard Naylor and Kerry Waddell as producers. In 2020 ''Red Dwarf: The Promised Land'', a 90 minute TV Special was again written and directed by Naylor for Dave and was a Baby Cow Production, with Richard Naylor as Producer. Naylor has now written or co-written all 74 episodes of Red Dwarf and was Executive Producer on 51 episodes.


Personal life

Naylor is married with two sons, one of whom (Richard) is a television producer, the other a doctor. Naylor has a prosthetic limb, prosthetic leg due to a road accident when he was seven years old, hence the naming of his and Richard's production company ‘Three Feet Productions’


Writing credits


Bibliography

*Red Dwarf (book), ''Red Dwarf'' (1989), with
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- published under the joint pseudonym
Grant Naylor Grant Naylor was the pseudonym, collective name used by writers Rob Grant and Doug Naylor for their collaborative work, including the television series ''Red Dwarf''. Grant and Naylor themselves called this pseudonym a "gestalt entity" (i.e., som ...
, and sometimes credited as ''Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers'' or just ''Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers''. *''Better Than Life'' (1990), with Rob Grant - published under the joint pseudonym
Grant Naylor Grant Naylor was the pseudonym, collective name used by writers Rob Grant and Doug Naylor for their collaborative work, including the television series ''Red Dwarf''. Grant and Naylor themselves called this pseudonym a "gestalt entity" (i.e., som ...
. *''
Last Human ''Last Human'' is the title of a 1995 science fiction comedy novel written by Doug Naylor. It is part of the ''Red Dwarf'' series of novels, based on the popular television show created by Naylor and his partner Rob Grant. Like the other novels, ...
'' (1995), a sequel to ''Better Than Life''.


References


External links


Interview (December 2007)
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