I wish Andrew came as an app.

Graham Linehan

I'm a writer and script editor. I’ve worked on various shows including Red Dwarf, The IT Crowd and Miranda. I wrote Future.Inc, winner of 2012’s Sci-Fi London 48 Hour Film Challenge. You can see a list of my various projects here.


I also offer (paid) rewrite notes for your script. Yes yours. Feel free to get in touch.


You may know me from Twitter having seen my opinion/review #tweetnotes. Many of those are archived on Storify.


I am represented by Emily Hickman at The Agency.

He's probably the reason this series [of The IT Crowd] is so strong...the quality of the series as a whole has taken a major step forward, and that's because of Andrew Ellard's notes.... The writing of The IT Crowd was much more enjoyable than it usually is because of Andrew's involvement - and it led to better results.

Graham Linehan

The IT Crowd, Father Ted, Black Books

He is one of the best comedy people I've worked with. Knows his stuff. He will impress. Honestly. This man has taught me many things about writing. He has seen everything and dissected. You will learn a lot.

Jonathan Harvey

Gimme Gimme Gimme

Andrew's notes were very different from many you get because he understands story from the inside out, rather than just looking for the three act structure checklist. Andrew understands character and tone instinctively which leads to a much more satisfying rewrite. He also has an unfailing knack of knowing when a scene is over, spotting its strongest beat and telling it to quit while it's ahead. But perhaps most of all, Andrew gets comedy. Many claim to. Few do. Many notes sap your script and make you depressed. The opposite was true in Andrew's case. He is a natural.

Jane Bussmann

Brass Eye, Smack the Pony, South Park

We produced a series in Mumbai, India based on call centres that our UK writers could only imagine. Nobody grasped the idea and concept better than Andrew. He came advertised as ‘network notes’ - what he delivered was a contribution equal to that of a senior writer and producer. He is a very talented young man.

Allan McKeown

Allan McKeown Presents

People often say to me that script writing is easy compared to a proper job like being a miner. How wrong they are. Anyone who has worked at the coal-face of comedy knows the potential disasters one can face. This job really is too dangerous unless you have a canary (script editor) like Andrew. He, literally, faints when he smells a bad script and as you toil away, mining for the jokes that will one day warm the cockles of the hearts of your audience, he will warn you when your whole metaphor is about to collapse under the weight of its own premise. Like now, apparently. I would recommend Andrew to all writers but I can't because I don't actually want him to work with anyone else.

Georgia Pritchett

Smack the Pony, Life of Riley, Miranda

I have enjoyed and benefitted from working with Andrew on both The IT Crowd for Channel 4 - and the latest series of BBC One's Life of Riley starring Caroline Quentin. Andrew has an inbuilt understanding of comedy and comedy writing, and also how the structure and rhythm of a script are all-important along with the strength and truth of the characters. I would certainly vouch that his involvement improves the shows.

Richard Boden

Director

Andrew came to us on a strong recommendation, and now I pass that same recommendation on. He has an unerring ability to get to the heart of a script, with suggestions that not only improve the work, but do so in line with the writer's original vision. Anyone can locate plot holes and continuity gaffes, with Andrew you find character beats strengthened, comedy heightened and a structure that has become invisibly reinforced.

Paul Jackson

Producer

Andrew has an unmatched gift for the quirks of storytelling - the way it really works, not just the 'standard rules' - and brings an encyclopaedic knowledge of film and TV to every script. Tailoring his advice expertly to the style of the project at hand, his recommendations are consistently aware of what the writer is trying to achieve, providing notes that unerringly take you towards a sharper, stronger and funnier rewrite without ever sacrificing a project's unique qualities.

Michaela Hennessy-Vass

Producer

Perceptive but never pushy, fun to work with and an excellent comedy brain. I'd like Andrew to script edit my life.

Nigel Smith

Teenage Kicks, Vent

Quotes

I’ve often thought there should be a website which combined details of my writing work, my contact information and over-the-top compliments about my script editing...

Andrew Ellard

We couldn't recommend Andrew highly enough. Along with great comedy instincts and an encyclopaedic knowledge of film and TV he also has a great sense of knowing exactly where the core of the joke is in a sketch, he has a knack for cutting out any of the fluff and getting right to the heart of what is funny or interesting. Our show was hugely improved from having Andrew be a part of it. Can we stop there before this gets creepy?

Seb Cardinal & Dustin Demri-Burns

Cardinal Burns

Script editor extraordinaire, psychiatrist, sociologist, friend and all round good guy. Brilliant.

Emma Strain

Miranda

Andrew is an absolute joy to work with: his thoughts and notes are always a welcome addition to any script development. He's the best!

Mary Burke

The Midnight Beast

We hired Andrew to give us notes on our Brian Butterfield Movie script and what he came back with was so impressive we asked him to come on board and write it with us! A hugely talented man indeed.

James and Peter Serafinowicz

The Peter Serafinowicz Show

I've yet to meet anyone who writes better, more incisive, script notes than Andrew. He has no bigger fan.

Doug Naylor

Red Dwarf

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Solid, useful advice from start to finish. A masterclass in sitcom!

Lisa Clark

Vic & Bob’s House of Fools

I'm glad Andrew was on board, we learnt a lot from him.

Bob Mortimer

Reeves and Mortimer

Andrew is the Fresh Prince of structure.

Daniel Kaluuya

Skins, Black Mirror

I have worked with Andrew on a couple of projects now and his great skills are his enthusiasm, his desire to facilitate your vision and his ability to see the wood when you're lost up a tree.

Julia Davis

Nighty Night, Hunderby