Biography

After graduating with a Bachelors degree in Dramatic Arts from the University of Ife in Nigeria, Tunde Babalola commenced his writing career in the UK writing sample 30/60 minute scripts. In 1996, his sit-com play IN EXILE was the success of the Channel 4 Sit-com Festival and went on to become a critically acclaimed Channel 4 sitcom series, the first of its kind in the UK featuring an African actor in the lead role. IN EXILE went on to win a Special Mention at the 1999 Montreaux Television Festival. Tunde was also a regular writer on the successful ITV network police drama series THE BILL from 1996-2001 turning out episode after episode, exhibiting his unique and versatile ability for writing both Comedy and Drama. He was a part of the 1996 season of writers of THE BILL when the series won the BAFTA Award for Best Drama Series. In 1997, he wrote the LWT-commissioned SKELETON IN THE CUPBOARD, a workshop comedy play that was performed by a select group of Black actors including Olivier Award-winning actress Josette Simon. In 2002, he was commissioned by Moonlighting Productions, the producers of Will Smith's ALI to write a feature film titled CRITICAL ASSIGNMENT - a political-thriller set in South Africa. The movie was shot mainly in South Africa and released late-2003 for viewings at film festivals around the world where it won Best Feature at the Hollywood Black Film Festival and Best Film at the Screen Nation Awards. The film has recently been acquired by HBO in the States, and BBC Films in the UK. In the same year, Tunde was commissioned by Carlton Television to write a comedy monologue for the Single Voices series. He contributed DEGSY - a monologue featuring actor Don Gilet in the title role. The acclaimed comedy won him the prestigious Screen Nation Film & Television Award for Achievement in Script-writing and was also nominated for a Royal Television Society Award and a CRE (Commission for Racial Equality) Award. Also in 2003 he was commissioned by the UK Film Council and Carlton Films to write a feature film titled PRINCE OF DALSTON a London-based comedy about the Nigerian experience in London. The movie is due to go into production in 2006. In the meantime he is currently writing and producing a further slate of feature movies.



Filmography

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Stolen Lives Writer 2015
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October 1 Writer 2014
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Last Flight to Abuja Story 2012
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Maami Screenwriter 2012
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Critical Assignment Writer 2004