Tom Basden


Represented By

Abby Singer — Film & TV

Assistant - CJ Rock

Rachel Taylor — Theatre

Assistant - Helena Clark

Tom is a three-time BAFTA nominated writer. He is the co-creator and co-writer of ITV2’s flagship comedy series PLEBS with Sam Leifer, five series of the ancient Roman sitcom have been produced, and they developed a North American version with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s company Point Grey. PLEBS has previously won various awards including Best Scripted Series at the Broadcast Digital Awards in 2013 and Best Scripted Comedy at the RTS Awards in 2014, and has been nominated for many more, including most recently a BAFTA Craft Award nomination for Best Writer: Comedy (2020). They are also currently working on a feature length episode of PLEBS for ITV.

Tom’s original comedy pilot PANDEMONIUM, starring Katherine Parkinson, Jim Howick and Alison Steadman alongside Tom himself, was a highlight of BBC One’s Christmas 2020 programme and received critical acclaim. Tom has other original comedies in development with BBC Studios, StudioCanal and Rise, and a further original series under option at Moonage Pictures. He recently developed a drama with Objective Fiction and was commissioned by Ink Factory to write an episode of their adaptation of Roald Dahl’s TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED for the BBC. His comedy drama series GAP YEAR, which he created, executive produced and show-ran aired on E4 in the UK and TNT in the US in 2017 and starred Tim Key. He has also written episodes for some of Britain’s best comedy shows, including PEEP SHOW, FRESH MEAT and THE WRONG MANS.

Tom is also an extremely talented and versatile playwright. He has written plays for the National Theatre, the Arts Theatre and the Gate and he’s taken plays and solo comedy shows to the Edinburgh, Melbourne and Sydney Festivals. Tom has previously won a Fringe First and an Edinburgh Comedy Award.