Russell T. Davies

BirthName:

Stephen Russell Davies

Bio:

Russell T Davies was born in Swansea, Wales (UK) in 1963. After initially taking a BBC Television director's course in the 1980s, he briefly moved in front of the cameras to present a single episode of the BBC's version of the Australian young children's show "Play School" in 1987, before deciding that his abilities lay in production rather than presenting. Working for the children's department at BBC Manchester, from 1988 to 1992 he was the producer of summertime activity show "Why Don't You?" which ironically showcased various things children could be doing rather than sitting at home watching the television. While serving as the producer of "Why Don't You?" he also made his first forays into writing for television, creating a children's sketch show for early Saturday mornings on BBC One called "Breakfast Serials" (1990). In 1991, he wrote his first television drama, a six-part serial for children entitled "Dark Season" for BBC One, which effectively comprised of two different three-part stories based around a science-fiction / adventure theme. The production was extremely successful, and noteworthy for showcasing the acting talents of a young Kate Winslet. Two years later he wrote another equally well-received science-fiction drama in the same vein, entitled "Century Falls". In 1992 he moved to Granada Television, producing and writing for their successful children's hospital drama "Children's Ward". One of the episodes Davies wrote for this series won a BAFTA Children's Award for Best Drama in 1996. At Granada he also began to break into working for adult television, contributing an episode to the ITV crime quiz show "Cluedo?", a programme based on the popular board game of the same name, in 1993, and also working on the daytime soap opera "Families". He continued working on "Children's Ward" until 1995, by which time he was already consolidating his position outside of children's programming with the comedy "The House of Windsor" and camp soap opera "Revelations" (both 1994). After a brief stint as a storyliner on ITV's flagship soap opera "Coronation Street" (for which he later wrote the straight-to-video spin-off "Viva Las Vegas") and contributions to Channel 4's "Springhill" in 1996, the following year he wrote and created the hotel-set mainstream period drama "The Grand" for prime time ITV, winning a reputation for good writing and high audience figures. He contributed to the first series of the acclaimed ITV drama "Touching Evil", before beginning his fruitful collaboration with the independent Red Productions company. His first series for Red was the ground-breaking "Queer as Folk", which caused much comment and drew much praise when screened on Channel 4 in early 1999. A sequel followed in 2000 and a US version, which still runs successfully in that country to this day, was commissioned by the Showtime cable network there. In 2001 he followed this up with another popular mini-series for Red, "Bob and Rose", this time screened on the mainstream ITV channel in prime time. After writing an episode for a Red series he had not created, "Linda Green" (shown on BBC1) in early 2003 he wrote the religious telefantasy drama "The Second Coming" starring Christopher Eccleston, which cemented his position as one of the UK's foremost writers of TV drama. His current work includes another Red mini series for ITV, "Mine All Mine" due to be screened in early 2004, a series about the life of Casanova and the screenplay for a film version of the "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?" cheating scandal. Most famously, he is the chief writer and executive producer of the BBC's revival of "Doctor Who", due to be screened in 2005. Outside of television and film, his prose work has included the novelisation of "Dark Season" and an original "Doctor Who" novel, "Damaged Goods", for Virgin Publishing in 1996. He lives in Manchester, UK.
Filmography

Actor ( 18 credits )

Tofu (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Who's Round (2013)  Himself (7 episodes, 2014-2015)
Drama Trails (2008)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008)
Children's TV on Trial (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Heroes Unmasked (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Screenwipe (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Torchwood Declassified (2006)  Himself (26 episodes, 2006-2009)
Doctor Who Confidential (2005)  Himself (59 episodes, 2005-2010)
The Culture Show (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Mark Lawson Talks to... (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Richard & Judy (2001)  Himself (2 episodes, 2004-2007)
What the Folk?... Behind the Scenes of 'Queer as Folk' (2000) Himself
Breakfast (2000)  Himself (3 episodes, 2005-2008)
SexTV (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
The Greatest (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
This Morning (1988)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2008)
Six O'Clock News (1984)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
The South Bank Show (1978)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)

Producer ( 15 credits )

Cucumber (2015) executive producer (8 episodes)
Banana (2015) executive producer
Tofu (2015) executive producer
Wizards vs. Aliens (2012) executive producer (26 episodes, 2012-2013)
Torchwood: Web of Lies (2011) executive producer (1 episode, 2011)
SJA: Alien Files (2010) executive producer (unknown episodes)
The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007) executive producer / executive producer: BBC Wales / e
Torchwood (2006) executive producer (37 episodes, 2006-2011)
Torchwood Declassified (2006) executive producer: Torchwood (28 episodes, 2006-2009)
Tardisodes (2006) executive producer (13 episodes, 2006)
Doctor Who (2005) executive producer (60 episodes, 2005-2010)
Doctor Who Confidential (2005) executive producer: Dr Who / executive producer: Docto
Bob & Rose (2001) co-producer (6 episodes, 2001)
Queer as Folk (1999) co-producer (10 episodes, 1999-2000)
Children's Ward (1989) producer (1 episode, 1992)

Writer ( 26 credits )

Cucumber (2015) (8 episodes, 2015)
Banana (2015) (2 episodes, 2015)
Tofu (2015) (4 episodes, 2015)
Old Jack's Boat (2013) (1 episode, 2013)
Wizards vs. Aliens (2012) (creator) (26 episodes, 2012-2013)
Tonight's the Night (2009) (1 episode, 2009)
The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007) (creator) (47 episodes, 2007-2010)
Torchwood (2006) (creator) (41 episodes, 2006-2011)
Screenwipe (2006) (1 episode, 2008)
Doctor Who (2005) (33 episodes, 2005-2011)
Mine All Mine (2004) (5 episodes, 2004)
Bob & Rose (2001) (6 episodes, 2001)
Linda Green (2001) (1 episode, 2001)
Queer as Folk (2000) (54 episodes, 2000-2005)
Queer as Folk (1999) (creator) (10 episodes, 1999-2000)
The Grand (1997) (18 episodes, 1997-1998)
Touching Evil (1997) (1 episode, 1997)
Springhill (1996) (unknown episodes)
The House of Windsor (1994) (1 episode, 1994)
Revelations (1994) (creator) (26 episodes, 1994-1995)
Dark Season (1991) (6 episodes, 1991)
Cluedo (1990) (1 episode, 1993)
Children's Ward (1989) (5 episodes, 1994)
On the Waterfront (1988) (24 episodes, 1988-1989)
ChuckleVision (1987) (3 episodes, 1992)
Children in Need (1980) (1 episode, 2005)

Director ( 1 credit )

Why Don't You Just Switch Off Your Television Set and Go and Do Something Less Boring Instead? (1973) (unknown episodes)