Ian La Frenais

Writer | Producer | Miscellaneous Crew
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KNOWN FOR 
Across the Universe (2007) | Flushed Away (2006) | The Bank Job (2008)
AWARDS 
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 7 wins & 13 nominations More »
AKA 
Ian La Fernais | Ian Lafrenais
BORN 
Jan 7, 1937 (age 80)

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Projects in Development (7 titles)YEARBUDGETSTATUS
Past Film & Video (31 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
  • Primary photo for My GenerationMy Generation Producer, Writer  Less 2017
  • Primary photo for The StowawayThe Stowaway (Short) Thanks  Less 2014
  • Primary photo for Killing BonoKilling Bono Writer  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for Oh My GodOh My God Special Thanks  Less 2009 $1.2MM $38K
  • Primary photo for The Bank JobThe Bank Job Writer  Less 2008 $20MM $30MM
  • Primary photo for Across the UniverseAcross the Universe Writer (screenplay), Writer (story)  Less 2007 $45MM $24MM
  • Primary photo for Flushed AwayFlushed Away Writer (screenplay by), Writer (story by)  Less 2006 $149MM $65MM
  • Primary photo for Goal! The Dream BeginsGoal! The Dream Begins Writer (screenplay)  Less 2005 $10MM $4.3MM
  • Primary photo for Sunday for Sammy 2004Sunday for Sammy 2004 (Video) Writer  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for The Commitments: Looking BackThe Commitments: Looking Back (Video) Himself, Special Thanks (as Ian La Fernais)  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for HonestHonest Co-Executive Producer, Writer  Less 2000 £3MM
  • Primary photo for Still CrazyStill Crazy Executive Producer, Writer ("DIRTY TOWN", "A WOMAN LIKE THAT"), Writer  Less 1998 $478K
  • Primary photo for Excess BaggageExcess Baggage Writer (screenplay)  Less 1997 $20MM $14MM
  • Primary photo for The CommitmentsThe Commitments Co-Producer, Writer (screenplay)  Less 1991 $15MM
  • Primary photo for Vice VersaVice Versa Producer, Writer  Less 1988 $14MM
  • Primary photo for WaterWater Producer, Lyrics ("Freedom", "Cascara", "All As One", "Cascaran National Anthem", "Listen to My Song", "Black Gold", "Protest"), Writer (screenplay)  Less 1985 $1.3MM
  • Primary photo for Bullshot CrummondBullshot Crummond Producer  Less 1983
  • Primary photo for Never Say Never AgainNever Say Never Again Additional Editing (uncredited), Writer (uncredited)  Less 1983 $36MM $56MM
  • Primary photo for The Prisoner of ZendaThe Prisoner of Zenda Writer (screenplay)  Less 1979 $12MM $2.4MM
  • Primary photo for Doing TimeDoing Time Second Unit Director, Producer, Soundtrack ("FREE INSIDE"), Writer  Less 1979
  • Primary photo for To Russia... With EltonTo Russia... With Elton (Short) Director, Producer, Writer  Less 1979
  • Primary photo for The Likely LadsThe Likely Lads Lyrics ("Remember When"), Writer (concept)  Less 1976
  • Primary photo for It's Not the Size That CountsIt's Not the Size That Counts Writer (additional dialogue)  Less 1974
  • Primary photo for Catch Me a SpyCatch Me a Spy Associate Producer, Writer  Less 1971
  • Primary photo for VillainVillain Writer (screenplay)  Less 1971
  • Primary photo for A Severed HeadA Severed Head Production Associate  Less 1970
  • Primary photo for The Virgin SoldiersThe Virgin Soldiers Writer (additional dialogue)  Less 1969
  • Primary photo for Hannibal BrooksHannibal Brooks Writer (screenplay) (as Ian Lafrenais)  Less 1969
  • Primary photo for OtleyOtley Writer (screenplay)  Less 1969
  • Primary photo for The TouchablesThe Touchables Writer (screenplay)  Less 1968
  • Primary photo for The JokersThe Jokers Writer (screenplay)  Less 1967
Past Television (49 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for PorridgePorridge (TV Series) Writer ( 6 episodes, 2017 )  Less 2017 6
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  • Primary photo for Henry IXHenry IX (TV Series) Writer  Less 2017– 
  • Primary photo for PorridgePorridge (TV Movie) Writer  Less 2016
  • Primary photo for Spies of WarsawSpies of Warsaw (TV Mini-series) Associate Producer ( 2 episodes, 2013 ) , Writer (script) ( 2 episodes, 2013 ) , Writer ( 1 episode, 2013 )  Less 2013 3
    • Episode #1.4 (Jan 30, 2013) Associate Producer, Writer (script)  Less
    • Episode #1.2 (Jan 16, 2013) Writer  Less
    • Episode #1.1 (Apr 3, 2013) Associate Producer, Writer (script)  Less
  • Primary photo for Parents of the BandParents of the Band (TV Series) Script Editor ( 6 episodes, 2008–2009 )  Less 2008–2009 6
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  • Primary photo for Mumbai CallingMumbai Calling (TV Series) Writer (additional material) ( 1 episode, 2008 )  Less 2008 1
  • Primary photo for ArchangelArchangel (TV Movie) Writer (screenplay)  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for The Rotters' ClubThe Rotters' Club (TV Series) Writer ( 3 episodes, 2005 )  Less 2005 3
  • Primary photo for Auf Wiedersehen, PetAuf Wiedersehen, Pet (TV Series) Writer ( 33 episodes, 1983–2004 )  Less 1983–2004 33
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  • Primary photo for Life Beyond the Box: Norman Stanley FletcherLife Beyond the Box: Norman Stanley Fletcher (TV Movie) Script Consultant  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for A Tribute to the Likely LadsA Tribute to the Likely Lads (TV Movie) Writer  Less 2002
  • Primary photo for Tracey Takes On...Tracey Takes On... (TV Series) Writer ( 24 episodes, 1996–1999 ) , Supervising Producer ( 21 episodes, 1996–1999 ) , Writer ( 4 episodes, 1997–1998 )  Less 1996–1999 29
    • End of the World (Mar 17, 1999) Supervising Producer, Writer  Less
    • Hype (Mar 3, 1999) Supervising Producer  Less
    • Sports (Mar 8, 1998) Writer  Less
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  • Primary photo for The Best of Tracey Takes On...The Best of Tracey Takes On... (TV Movie) Supervising Producer  Less 1996
  • Primary photo for Shine on Harvey MoonShine on Harvey Moon (TV Series) Script Editor ( 8 episodes, 1982 ) , Writer ( 3 episodes, 1995 )  Less 1982–1995 11
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  • Primary photo for LovejoyLovejoy (TV Series) Writer (series created by) ( 63 episodes, 1991–1994 ) , Writer (created for television by) ( 10 episodes, 1986 ) , Writer (by) ( 9 episodes, 1986–1994 ) , Writer ( 1 episode, 1992 )  Less 1986–1994 73
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  • Primary photo for SpenderSpender (TV Series) Writer (creator) ( 3 episodes, 1991–1993 ) , Writer ( 2 episodes, 1992 ) , Writer ( 1 episode, 1991 )  Less 1991–1993 6
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  • Primary photo for Tracey Ullman: A Class ActTracey Ullman: A Class Act (TV Movie) Writer  Less 1993
  • Primary photo for Tracey Takes on New YorkTracey Takes on New York (TV Movie) Writer  Less 1993
  • Primary photo for Over the RainbowOver the Rainbow (TV Series) Writer  Less 1993– 
  • Primary photo for Full StretchFull Stretch (TV Series) Writer ( 6 episodes, 1993 )  Less 1993 6
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  • Primary photo for The Old Boy NetworkThe Old Boy Network (TV Series) Writer ( 6 episodes, 1992 )  Less 1992 6
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  • Primary photo for The Making of Alan Parker's Film 'The Commitments'The Making of Alan Parker's Film 'The Commitments' (TV Movie) Special Thanks  Less 1991
  • Primary photo for Freddie and MaxFreddie and Max (TV Series) Writer ( 6 episodes, 1990 )  Less 1990 6
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  • Primary photo for Laat maar zittenLaat maar zitten (TV Series) Writer ( 21 episodes, 1988–1990 ) , Writer (original scripts) ( 1 episode, 1988 ) , Writer (idea) ( 1 episode, 1990 )  Less 1988–1990 23
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  • Primary photo for MogMog (TV Series) Writer  Less 1985–1986
  • Primary photo for Lenny Henry ToniteLenny Henry Tonite (TV Series) Writer  Less 1986– 
  • Primary photo for Sunset LimousineSunset Limousine (TV Movie) Writer  Less 1983
  • Primary photo for The New Adventures of Lucky JimThe New Adventures of Lucky Jim (TV Series) Writer ( 7 episodes, 1982 )  Less 1982 7
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  • Primary photo for Harry Carpenter Never Said It Was Like ThisHarry Carpenter Never Said It Was Like This (TV Movie) Executive Producer  Less 1982
  • Primary photo for AstronautsAstronauts (TV Series) Script Editor  Less 1981–1982
  • Primary photo for P.O.S.HP.O.S.H (TV Short) Script Editor  Less 1982
  • Primary photo for The Other 'ArfThe Other 'Arf (TV Series) Script Editor ( 14 episodes, 1980–1981 ) , Writer (developed for television by) ( 8 episodes, 1980–1981 )  Less 1980–1981 14
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  • Primary photo for BillyBilly (TV Series) Writer ( 1 episode, 1979 ) , Composer (theme music) ( 1 episode, 1979 ) , Story Consultant ( 1 episode, 1979 )  Less 1979 1
    • The Letter (Feb 26, 1979) Story Consultant, Composer (theme music), Writer  Less
  • Primary photo for The Rita Moreno ShowThe Rita Moreno Show (TV Movie) Writer (script by)  Less 1978
  • Primary photo for Going StraightGoing Straight (TV Series) Writer (by) ( 6 episodes, 1978 )  Less 1978 6
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  • Primary photo for PorridgePorridge (TV Series) Writer (by) ( 19 episodes, 1974–1977 ) , Writer ( 1 episode, 1974 )  Less 1974–1977 20
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  • Primary photo for Three Piece SuiteThree Piece Suite (TV Series) Writer  Less 1977– 
  • Primary photo for On the RocksOn the Rocks (TV Series) Writer ( 2 episodes, 1975–1976 )  Less 1975–1976 2
  • Primary photo for Comedy PlayhouseComedy Playhouse (TV Series) Writer ( 2 episodes, 1975 ) , Writer ( 1 episode, 1965 )  Less 1965–1975 3
  • Primary photo for Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (TV Series) Composer (signature tune) ( 27 episodes, 1973–1974 ) , Writer (by) ( 25 episodes, 1973–1974 ) , Writer ( 2 episodes, 1973–1974 )  Less 1973–1974 27
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  • Primary photo for Thick as ThievesThick as Thieves (TV Series) Writer ( 8 episodes, 1974 ) , Composer ( 8 episodes, 1974 )  Less 1974 8
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  • Primary photo for The Train Now StandingThe Train Now Standing (TV Series) Writer ( 2 episodes, 1973 )  Less 1973 2
  • Primary photo for 7 of 17 of 1 (TV Series) Writer (by) ( 2 episodes, 1973 ) , Writer ( 1 episode, 1973 )  Less 1973 3
  • Primary photo for The Two RonniesThe Two Ronnies (TV Series) Writer ( 1 episode, 1972 )  Less 1972 1
  • Primary photo for The Further Adventures of Lucky JimThe Further Adventures of Lucky Jim (TV Series) Writer ( 7 episodes, 1967 )  Less 1967 7
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  • Primary photo for Vacant LotVacant Lot (TV Series) Writer ( 1 episode, 1967 )  Less 1967 1
  • Primary photo for Mr. AitchMr. Aitch (TV Series) Writer ( 1 episode, 1967 )  Less 1967 1
  • Primary photo for The Likely LadsThe Likely Lads (TV Series) Writer ( 18 episodes, 1964–1966 ) , Writer (by) ( 2 episodes, 1966 )  Less 1964–1966 20
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  • Primary photo for A Christmas Night with the StarsA Christmas Night with the Stars (TV Series) Writer ( 1 episode, 1964 )  Less 1964 1
Self (35 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
  • Primary photo for George Harrison and HandMade FilmsGeorge Harrison and HandMade Films (Himself)  Less 2018
  • Primary photo for British Sitcom: 60 Years of Laughing at OurselvesBritish Sitcom: 60 Years of Laughing at Ourselves (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2016
  • Primary photo for Britain's Best Loved SitcomsBritain's Best Loved Sitcoms (TV Series) Himself - Writer, The Likely Lads; Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads; Porridge ( 1 episode, 2015 )  Less 2015
    • Episode #1.1 (2015) Himself - Writer, The Likely Lads; Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads; Porridge  Less
  • Primary photo for 50 Years of BBC2 Comedy50 Years of BBC2 Comedy (TV Movie) Self  Less 2014
  • Primary photo for Porridge: Inside OutPorridge: Inside Out (TV Series) Himself  Less 2014– 
  • Primary photo for The Comedy Vaults: BBC2's Hidden TreasureThe Comedy Vaults: BBC2's Hidden Treasure (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2014
  • Primary photo for Back with the Boys Again - Auf Wiedersehen Pet 30th Anniversary ReunionBack with the Boys Again - Auf Wiedersehen Pet 30th Anniversary Reunion (Video) Himself  Less 2013 £30K
  • Primary photo for Living the LifeLiving the Life (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2013 )  Less 2013
  • Primary photo for Mark Lawson Talks to...Mark Lawson Talks to... (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2013 )  Less 2013
  • Primary photo for Singin' in the Rain: Raining on a New GenerationSingin' in the Rain: Raining on a New Generation Himself  Less 2012 $1MM
  • Primary photo for Making of Never Say Never AgainMaking of Never Say Never Again (Video) Himself  Less 2009
  • Primary photo for The Comedy Map of BritainThe Comedy Map of Britain (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2008 )  Less 2008
  • Primary photo for LegendsLegends (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2008 )  Less 2008
  • Primary photo for 50 Greatest Comedy Catchphrases50 Greatest Comedy Catchphrases (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2008
  • Primary photo for Movie ConnectionsMovie Connections (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2007 )  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for The World's Greatest Comedy CharactersThe World's Greatest Comedy Characters (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for The 50 Greatest Television DramasThe 50 Greatest Television Dramas (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for The Ultimate SitcomThe Ultimate Sitcom (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2006
  • Primary photo for And It's Goodnight from HimAnd It's Goodnight from Him (TV Movie) Himself - Interviewee  Less 2005 £135K
  • Primary photo for Film '72Film '72 (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2005 )  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for BreakfastBreakfast (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2005 )  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for Drama ConnectionsDrama Connections (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2005 )  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for The Comedians' ComedianThe Comedians' Comedian (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for Porridge @ 30Porridge @ 30 (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2004 £40K
  • Primary photo for Happy Birthday BBC TwoHappy Birthday BBC Two (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for Britain's Best SitcomBritain's Best Sitcom (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2004 )  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for Ronnie Barker: A BAFTA TributeRonnie Barker: A BAFTA Tribute (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for Comedy ConnectionsComedy Connections (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2003 )  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for Darkness at High Noon: The Carl Foreman DocumentsDarkness at High Noon: The Carl Foreman Documents Himself  Less 2002
  • Primary photo for Heroes of ComedyHeroes of Comedy (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2001 )  Less 2001
  • Primary photo for The GreatestThe Greatest (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2001 )  Less 2001
  • Primary photo for Laughter in the House: The Story of British SitcomLaughter in the House: The Story of British Sitcom (TV Mini-series) Himself  Less 1999– 
  • Primary photo for OmnibusOmnibus (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 1997 )  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for The Lively ArtsThe Lively Arts (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 1976 )  Less 1976
  • Primary photo for Late Night Line-UpLate Night Line-Up (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 1966 )  Less 1966

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