Mark O’Sullivan & Miles Chapman

Mark O’Sullivan and Miles Chapman are comedy writer performers whose 5-part series Lee and Dean will be released on Channel 4’s on-demand service All 4 later this year. The improvised comedy is centered around the bromance of Stevenage based builders Lee and Dean and will feature “cheap builds, cheap lager, break ups and bad poetry.” Mark will direct and Miles will produce via their fledgling indie Bingo Productions.

Mark and Miles’ first self-devised comedy Flavours was commissioned for Channel 4’s Comedy Blaps in 2014 after Channel 4 had seen Mark and Miles’ short film on YouTube. Flavours features original characters Delphine and Victor and Brent and Grant and was produced by Retort, script-edited by Simon Blackwell (Veep, The Thick of It, Peep Show), directed by Al Campbell (Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe, Bad Education) and produced by Jon Macqueen (PhoneShop).

As well as writing and performing their own material, the duo has written for and performed in other TV and film projects such as Morgana Robinson’s The Agency (BBC2), The Javone Prince Show (BBC2) and David Brent: Life on the Road.

Mark and Miles have been writing comedy together since spending an entire O’Sullivan/Chapman family holiday pretending to be terminal hypochondriac sisters-in-law Jean and Vi, much to their wives’ (and children’s) bemusement. Vi started tweeting moments from her life in 2010, and quickly caught the attention of the some of the UK’s most popular tweeters, including Caitlin Moran, Emma Freud, Stephen Mangan and Charlie Higson. From her humble bungalow, Vi introduced twitter to her ridiculously wonderful world and was then developed into a pilot script with Pozzitive Productions and Geoff Posner (Little Britain).

Miles and Mark continue to make their own short films, featuring them playing more of their strange (and strangely recognisable) characters. Funny, sad and thought provoking, they explore the awful truths and triumphs of the everyday. Tuesday and Anniversary chronicle the beige, mundane life of Yvonne, her Alzheimer’s-ridden Mum, and her relationship with thoughtless, apathetic lump of a husband, Ray.

As well as working together, they do stuff separately because the other one DOESN’T OWN THEM, ALRIGHT?

Mark was originally an actor, then a teacher, then a filmmaker, then a writer. He has developed and written stuff for TV and stage with Steve Thompson (Sherlock, Dr Who). Mark’s play ‘Bedtime Stories/Four Walls’ was developed by the Bush Theatre. As well writing and performing, Mark directs the duo’s own short films.

Miles is a drummer, and was in one of the first – and most unsuccessful – Britpop bands, ‘Pimlico’. He still plays – mainly with his band the Red Inspectors. He’s also a big foodie, has written articles for food magazines, restaurant reviews for guides, and makes a fabulous cassoulet. Former head of comedy at Channel 4 Phil Clarke thinks he gives the best female impersonation he’s seen in years. Get her.

For more information, please contact Tiffany Agbeko 0207 428 8400/ tiffany@johnnoel.com.

 

TitleRoleDetailsChannel
Lee and Dean

2017
Writers/Performers5x30 minute improvised comedyBingo Productions for Channel 4
Morgana Robinson's The Agency

2017
Writers7x 30 minute sketch show Happy Tramp for BBC2
David Brent's Life on the Road

2016
Performer (Miles)Starring Ricky Gervais

Role of Andy Chapman
BBC Films
Hitmen

2016
Producer/DirectorNon TX comedy taster starring and written by Ricky GroverBingo Productions for Channel 4
Flavours

2015
Writers30 minute pilot script based on C4 slaps of the same nameRetort for Channel 4
The Javone Prince Show

2014
PerformersStarring Javone Prince

Live comedy show featuring sketches, stand-up and music
BBC2
Flavours x 3 slaps

2014
Writers/

Performers
Self devised for Channel 4's Comedy Blaps- featuring characters by Mark and MilesRetort for Channel 4
The Night Before Christmas

2014
WritersNew musical adaptation for stageSue Scott Davison Productions
Auntie Vi

2010
Writers/

Performers
Comedy pilot following the lives of two terminal hypochondriac sisters, Vi and JeanPozzitive Productions