Tom Melia
Writer / Producer

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Tom is a writer and producer for television and feature-film. Tom’s original romantic-comedy feature film Rye Lane launched at Sundance 2023 to both critical and audience acclaim with Searchlight and BBC Film and the BFI financing. He is also currently writing for Sky Drama series Brassic, having previously written for Sky Comedy series Bloods, and Netflix YA drama Zero Chill. Tom is currently developing his hour-long drama series Dirty Deed for Lionsgate and Various Artists with his sister/co-writer Charlotte Melia, as well as other original series in development with Sister Pictures, Drama Republic, Eleven Film, Boffola, Deadpan Pictures, Mother Pictures and BBC Studios. Tom’s previous original TV pilot Fail is currently available on BBC3, and is based on Tom’s own original web-comedy series The Art of Awkward Conversation which he wrote, produced and directed. He was named a Screen International Star of Tomorrow in 2023.

Tom is represented in the US by Connor Armstrong and Max West at WME; and for books by Sallyanne Sweeney at MMB Creative.

Feature Film (released):
Rye Lane BBC Film / BFI / Fox Searchlight
Original romantic-comedy feature film – written with Nathan Bryon & Associate Producer
Director: Raine Allen Miller / Exec Producer: Damian Jones
Nominated for Outstanding British Film and Best Leading Actress at BAFTA Film Awards 2024
Nominated for 14 awards at the 2024 BIFA awards including Best Screenplay and Best Film
Nominated for Outstanding Motion Picture at the NAACP Image Awards 2024
Winner of Outstanding International Film at the Black Reel Awards 2024
Nominated for 3 awards at the London Critics Circle Films Awards 2024 including Best British Film
Winner of Best First Feature at the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2023
Winner of Best Comedy Film at National Film Awards UK 2023
Winner of Best Feature Narrative at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival 2023
Selected for premiere at Sundance Festival 2023
Feature Film (currently in development):
Saving Room 206 Pulse Films
Original horror-comedy feature film (written with Nathan Bryon)
Nat & Dan Bought a Van Veritgo Films
Romantic-comedy feature film (written with Nathan Bryon)
No Blacks, No Irish, No Dogs Warp Films
Original comedy feature film (written with Nathan Bryon)
Bad Time Quique Ltd
Original hi-concept time-travel feature film (written with Nathan Bryon)
Producer: Henry Schoffield
Television writing credits (broadcast):
Brassic Calamity Films / Sky
Writer for the comedy-drama series
(1 x 60-minute episode)
Bloods Roughcut TV / Sky
Writer for the hit comedy series starring Samson Kayo & Jane Horrocks
(2 x 30-minute episodes, and writers rooms)
Zero Chill Lime Pictures / Netflix Originals
Writer for the teen ice-skating drama
(2 x 30-minute episodes, and writers room)
Hollyoaks Lime Pictures / Channel 4
Writer for the Channel 4 soap (2014-2020)
65 x 30 minute episodes
Famalam – Season 3 BBC Studios
Commissioned writer for the comedy sketch series
Fail The Comedy Unit / BBC3
Original TV pilot based on Tom’s own comedy web-series The Art of Awkward Conversation
Writer/Creator/Associate Producer
Free Rein Lime Pictures / Netflix
Writers room for the second-season of the children’s drama
Original TV drama/comedy (currently in development):
Dirty Deed Various Artists / Lionsgate
60′ drama – in development with co-creator Charlotte Melia
Executive Producer: Roberto Troni
Pilot script commissioned
Towards the Sea Eleven Film / BBC Studios
Original drama-thriller series
Pilot Script commissioned
Broke Drama Republic
Original comedy-drama series – in development with co-creator Nathan Bryon
Pilot script commissioned
Everybody Knows Sister Pictures
Original comedy-drama series
Treatment commissioned
The Last Witch Eagle Eye Drama
60′ drama – in development with co-creator Charlotte Melia
(under option)
Rank Deadpan Pictures / Studio Canal
Political comedy-drama series
2 x 30′ scripts and series bible commissioned – in funded development
Abbey Road Mother Pictures
Drama series
Pilot script commissioned
Inside Joke Boffola Pictures
Original comedy-drama series – in development with co-creator Charlotte Melia
Executive Producer: Shane Allen
(under option)
Feeding the Nation BBC Studios
Producer: Ben Hough
Treatment commissioned
Lenny Henry Radio Show Tiger Aspect / Radio 4
Commissioned writer for the radio comedy sketch show (co-written with Nathan Bryon)
Original TV drama/comedy (previously in development):
Planet of the Tapes Lime Pictures / Channel 4
Returnable comedy-drama series following a group of friends working in a video shop in 1992
Co-created and written with Charlotte Melia
Two scripts and bible commissioned for Channel 4 (2021)
The Big One The Comedy Unit / Channel 4
30′ comedy-drama series – pilot script commissioned (2018)
Second script and readthrough commissioned (2019)
Writer/Creator/Associate Producer
Untitled Comedy-Drama Project Bad Wolf
Treatment commission
Medieval Eleven Film
Original teen-comedy series (optioned)
Run Rabbit Run Hartswood Films
Original drama-action series (optioned)
The Splash Kindle Entertainment / Disney UK
Original children’s comedy-drama series
Pilot script commissioned
Co-created and written with Charlotte Melia
Nowhere Cove Lime Pictures
Original YA drama series
Under option
The Famous Poppelstones Lime Pictures
Original children’s comedy-drama series
Royal Ranch Disney UK
Development work for Disney comedy-drama series
Super Happy Fun Times BBC Studios
Comedy about a group of teenagers working in a theme park – Pilot script commissioned
The Mild Bunch Hat Trick Productions
High-concept comedy-drama series – Treatment commissioned
Flat White What Larks Productions
Sitcom about a city boy who falls from grace and is forced to take a job with his sister in her independently-run coffee shop
The Art of Awkward Conversation Comedy web-series celebrating the bizarre, insipid, or just plain awkwardness of British conversation:
Producer/Director television credits:
This Morning ITV Studios / ITV1
Producer/Writer/Director for the daily magazine show
The One Show BBC / BBC1
Producer/Writer/Director for the prime-time BBC1 show
Loose Women ITV
Producer/Director for the daily chat show
Drop Down Menu Channel 4
Fern Channel 4
Producer/Director for Fern Brittain-hosted daily chat show
Galaxy Awards ITV
TV Book Club Channel 4
Richard & Judy Channel 4 / Watch
Saturday Kitchen BBC
VT Director
Michael Buble: My Kind of Tour ITV
VT Director
Celebrity Pressure Cooker BBC
VT Director
Short film / online:
The Legendary Jesse Poppelstone Finalist, Performance Film Comp
Short Film – Producer
Thought @ Work Short Film – Producer
Dear Patrick Short Film – Producer
Virgin Atlantic ‘Still Demanding’ Online – producer
Various Stepping Stone Media
Online – producer
Kallo Online – producer
VNC Cocktails Online – producer
Other production credits:
Spendaholics BBC
Brainiac Sky
A Mighty Heart Revolution Films