Bishop & Douch
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James Bishop and Chris Douch are a children’s / comedy writing team. They have recently been working with Blue Zoo, Tiger Aspect Kids and Family, and Blacklist Creative on the development of new animation projects for a range of age groups.

Bishop and Douch have written for popular children’s television series including the new series of Big Cook Little Cook, Best and Bester, Justin’s House, Crackerjack, Diddy TV, Gigglebiz and My Petsaurus. They previously contributed to adult sketch shows such as The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson, Watson and Oliver and were commissioned by Funny or Die to create a series of exclusive web comedy sketches.

Their original children’s sitcom script Kelly is Famous has been shortlisted for BBC Writersroom (2018), BAFTA Rocliffe Children, Family and YA (2019) and the David Nobbs Memorial Trust (2019). Other original projects in development include the narrative podcast series Bad Influence, the animated preschool series Jungle Fruit, and the audio sketch show Delete if Not Allowed.

James and Chris also work independently. Chris is a regular contributor to the BBC shows Breaking the News, Newsjack, and the multi-award-winning Radio 4 series, The Skewer. He writes weekly topical jokes for Union Jack Radio and in 2020 he was commissioned to write eight episodes of their podcast series, Brian Blessed’s Bedtime Stories. James is an accomplished children’s author whose work includes the Iguana Boy trilogy and The Worst Day Ever! (published by Hodder Children’s).

 

 Bishop & Douch – Television (broadcast):
Best and Bester Eye Present / Nickelodeon
Two 11′ scripts commissioned for the Nickelodeon animated series.
Big Cook Little Cook Dot to Dot Productions / CBeebies
Two scripts commissioned for the new series of the revamped CBeebies favourite.
Justin’s House BBC Children’s Productions / CBeebies
Two scripts commissioned for returning long form live action CBeebies show starring Justin Fletcher.
Producer: Victoria Harrison
Crackerjack BBC Children’s Productions / CBBC
Sketch writing for second series of the legendary children’s TV reboot hosted by Sam and Mark.
Producer: Rob Jenkinson / Phillip Cooper
My Petsaurus Bumpy Box / CBeebies
Script writing for two episodes of the fourth and fifth series of the animated/ live action preschool series for CBeebies.
Producer: Sam Wright / Tracy Bowerman
Crackerjack BBC Children’s Productions / CBBC
Sketch writing for the reboot of the legendary children’s TV programme hosted by Sam and Mark.
Producer: Jamie Wilson
My Petsaurus Bumpy Box / CBeebies
Script writing for two episodes of the third series (2019) of the animated/live action preschool series for CBeebies.
Producer: Sam Wright
Gigglebiz BBC Children’s Productions / Cbeebies
Sketch writing for the fifth series (2018) of the BAFTA winning comedy series for 4-7 year olds, starring Justin Fletcher.
Series Producer: Anna Perowne
Diddy TV BBC Children’s Productions / CBBC
Sketch writing for series three and four of the BAFTA nominated children’s comedy starring Dick and Dom.
Series Producer: Steve Ryde
Breaking the News BBC Studios / BBC Scotland TV
Chris Douch: Gag writing since Series 1 (2019) for the TV broadcast of the topical panel show hosted by Des Clarke.
Series 2 Producers (2019): Stephen Hollywood / David Flynn
Series 1 Producers (2019): Lauren Mackey / David Flynn
The Impressionists Sketch Show BBC (non-broadcast pilot)
Sketch writing for the pilot of a new impressions series starring Alistair McGowan and Ronni Ancona.
Producer: Simon London
Watson and Oliver BBC / BBC2
Live studio intro/sketch writing for the double-act comedy series starring Lorna Watson and Ingrid Oliver.
Producer: Simon London
The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson BBC / BBC1
Sketch writing for series two and three of the primetime impression show starring Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson.
Producer: Richard Webb
The Jason Lewis Experience BBC (non-broadcast pilot)
Sketch writing for the pilot episode of a new comedy series starring Jason Lewis.
Producer: Nana Hughes
 Bishop & Douch – Television (development services):
Untitled Tiger Aspect Kids & Family
Commissioned to develop and write materials and a 1 x 11’ episode for a new animation series in development
Untitled Blacklist Creative
Commissioned to develop and write materials for a new adult animation series in development
Untitled Blue Zoo
Commissioned to develop and write pitch materials and 1 x 22′ episode for a new animation series in development.
Untitled Blacklist Creative
Commissioned to develop and write pitch materials for a new animation series in development.
Bishop & Douch – Television (original projects in development):
Jungle Fruit Animated preschool series. A playful 6-year-old tiger discovers his new city surroundings through the window of his family’s fruit delivery business
Kelly is Famous Live action children’s sitcom: After appearing in a TV advert, an ordinary twelve-year-old girl unwillingly becomes a celebrity in her village.
Shortlisted: BAFTA Rocliffe 2019 (Children’s & YA)
Shortlisted: David Nobbs Memorial Trust Competition 2019
Shortlisted: BBC Writersroom Comedy Window 2018
Bishop & Douch – Radio / Podcast (original projects in development):
Bad Influence Audio sitcom. A 12-year-old girl finds that every day is a new challenge when you belong to a family of influencers.
Delete If Not Allowed Audio sketch show exploring the political minefield of social media community groups in modern day Britain
 Chris Douch – Radio (broadcast):
The Skewer Unusual Productions / Radio 4
Contributor to two series of the topical comedy.
Producer: Jon Holmes
Brian Blessed’s Bedtime Stories Union Jack Radio
Commissioned to write episodes of the Union Jack podcast series.
8 x 5 min episodes commissioned.
Producer: Giles Gear
Breaking the News BBC Studios / BBC Radio Scotland
Gag writing for Series 12 – 17 and Series 20 for the radio broadcast of the topical panel show hosted by Des Clarke.
Newsjack Unplugged BBC Studios / BBC Radio 4 Extra
One-liner joke writing for Series 4 & 5
Newsjack BBC Studios / BBC Radio 4 Extra
Sketch and one-liner writing for the topical radio sketch show since 2018. Chris has contributed to six consecutive series (s19 – 24) and has been commissioned to attend the writers room for s23 and s24.
Union Jack Jack Media Oxfordshire / Jack Stations
Writing gameshow content for the Full English Breakfast show.
JackFm Jack Media Oxfordshire / Jack Stations
Gag writing for the iconic ‘The Voice of Jack’ character (performed by Jim Rosenthal, previously Paul Darrow) for broadcast between songs across the four Jack stations (JackFm, Jack 2, Jack 3 and Union Jack). 2019 – 2022.
Producer: Phil Atkins
 Bishop & Douch – Online:
 Funny or Die Exclusives Funny or Die
Sketch writing and performance in a series of original commissions for the website Funny or Die, founded by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy.
Producer: James Serafinowicz
Bishop and Douch Online Content Self-produced
Wrote, produced and starred in a large collection of online videos over 2007 – 2014 that featured performances from top comedians including David Cross, Kristen Schaal, John Mulaney, Sean Lock, Jon Benjamin, Kay Cannon, Joel McHale, and various others. In 2011 to 2013, ran the online campaign ‘Hanson at My Wedding’ which gained international media attention.
 Bishop & Douch – Theatre:
 Bishop and Douch at Sesame Lane PBH’s Free Fringe
Wrote, produced and starred in this 2008 Edinburgh Fringe stage show, which was part of PBH’s Free Fringe series.
 James Bishop – Novels (published):
The Worst Day Ever! Hodder Children’s Books
A new book from James Bishop, aimed at readers ages 7-9.
Published 6th January 2022
 Iguana Boy and the Golden Toothbrush Hodder Children’s Books
Book three of James’ book series aimed at readers ages 7–9.
Published 25th July 2019.
 Iguana Boy Vs. the 30 Second Thief! Hodder Children’s Books
Book two in James’ solo project, aimed at readers ages 7–9.
Published 6th September 2018.
Iguana Boy Saves the World With a Triple Cheese Pizza Hodder Children’s Books
Book one in James’ solo project, aimed at readers ages 7–9.
Published 19th April 2018.