Chris England

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Chris England is a writer and actor whose best-known work is the play An Evening With Gary Lineker, co-written with Arthur Smith, which was a success in the West End and on television. Other television writing includes Bostock's Cup, The Preventers, and Blind Men. He appeared in the Oscar-nominated film Lagaan, and wrote a book, Balham to Bollywood, about the experience, as well as a follow up, No More Buddha Only Football, about the 2002 football World Cup in Japan.

Chris is currently working on a novel called THE FUN FACTORY.

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HOW TO ENJOY THE WORLD CUP

2014

Old Street Publishing

The ultimate guide to the 2014 World Cup

NO MORE BUDDHA, ONLY FOOTBALL

2004

Sceptre

Chris England spent five weeks covering the 2002 World Cup, when football became Japan's newest religion, constantly on the lookout for the odd, the offbeat and the downright strange.

BALHAM TO BOLLYWOOD

2002

Hodder and Staughton

For most actors, the idea of going to India for eight weeks to act in a Bollywood epic shot in the middle of the desert would send them scurrying back to their agent asking for some other work. Chris England was given one such part, he was to play a cricketer in a British Army team playing against a small Indian village over a hundred years ago.

WHAT DIDN'T HAPPEN NEXT

1997

Andre Deutsch

What if the Hand of God had stayed in heaven and not with Maradona? What if Gareth Southgate had just whacked it in as his mother suggested, rather than heading instead for a life of Pizza adverts? And what was Don Revie doing with the sock tags at Elland Rd in the 70s? These and many other burning football questions are answered in Hancock's inimitable style. Great colour pictures complete a book that is always funny, usually irreverant and often plain mad. Good fun that will make football fanatics and non-fans alike laugh out loud.

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A BOXCAR OF FUN

2016

Old Street Publishing

THE FUN FACTORY

2014

Old Street Publishing

THE MEMOIRS OF ARTHUR DANDOE

2014

Old Street Publishing

Film, TV & Theatre

Chris England is a writer and actor whose best-known work is the play An Evening With Gary Lineker, co-written with Arthur Smith, which was a success in the West End and nominated for an Olivier award. A television film of the play starred Clive Owen, Martin Clunes and Caroline Quentin, and won the Prix Italia. His next play, Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson, enjoyed successful runs in London and Edinburgh, and was released as a cinema film in 2013, with the DVD out in June.                     

Chris appeared in the Oscar-nominated film Lagaan, and wrote a book, Balham to Bollywood, about the experience, as well as a follow up, No More Buddha Only Football, about the 2002 football World Cup in Japan. He worked with Al Murray on the record-breaking best-selling comedy book The Pub Landlord’s Book of British Common Sense, and the follow up Think Yourself British, as well as three series of the British Comedy award-winning show Al Murray’s Happy Hour for ITV.

Other writing and performing includes the spoof ‘soccumentary’ television movie Bostock’s Cup, as well as The Preventers, Blind Men, Murder Most Horrid, Harry Hill’s TV Burp, Dare To Believe, My Funniest Year and Al Murray’s Multiple Personality Disorder for television, and he has also written Seven Day Sunday and The Back End of Next Week for BBC Radio FiveLive.

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BALHAM TO BOLLYWOOD

2014

Hodder & Stoughton / Sceptre

Non fiction

NO MORE BUDDHA ONLY FOOTBALL

2014

Hodder & Stoughton / Sceptre

Non fiction

HOW TO ENJOY THE WORLD CUP

2014

Old Street Publishing

Non fiction

THE FUN FACTORY

2014

Old Street Publishing

A novel about Arthur Dandoe, Charlie Chaplin and the Fred Karno comedy company

BACK END OF NEXT WEEK

2011

Hat Trick / Radio 5 Live

AN EVENING WITH GARY LINEKER

1991

ANOTHER FINE MESS

1986

With Cambridge Footlights

BOOK OF THE WEEK: BALHAM TO BOLLYWOOD

2009

BBC Bristol for BBC Radio 4

BREAKFAST WITH JONNY WILKINSON

2009

FAB TV

1996

BBC Radio 4

FEELING THE BENEFIT

1984

With Bad Lib Theatre Co.

GET YOUR COAT, DEAR, WE'RE LEAVING

1984

With Bad Lib Theatre Co.

HAWAIIAN CHEESE PARTY

1983

Cambridge Footlights Revue

MR HARRIS

1998

BBC Radio 2

THE FABULOUS TONY - A LIFE IN SHOWBIZ

1988

THE PREVENTERS

1985

THE RETURN OF THE NEW PREVENTERS

1987

WEIRD AND WONDERFUL'S BIG TOP SUMMER SPECIAL

1987

King's Head and various cabaret

WHO ATE ALL THE PIES?

1997

Emap Radio

Television

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JASON BENT'S GREATEST WORLD CUP MOMENTS

2014

ITV

LEE NELSON'S WELL GOOD SHOW

2012

Avalon

FUNNIEST DAY

2010

Two Four

IT'S THE END OF THE WEEK AS WE KNOW IT

2009

Avalon / ITV

ANT AND DEC'S CHRISTMAS SHOW

2009

Gallowgate Productions / ITV

AL MURRAY'S CHARACTER SHOW

2009

Avalon Productions/ ITV

AL MURRAY'S HAPPY HOUR

2009

Avalon Productions/ ITV

ALL CHANGE

1989

Childsplay, Yorkshire TV

AN EVENING WITH GARY LINEKER

1994

Granada

BLIND MEN

1997

LWT

BOSTOCK'S CUP

1999

LWT

DAD CLUB

2009

Celador Productions

DARE TO BELIEVE

2002

The Childrens' Company/ ITV

GET A NEW LIFE EXTRA

2009

Brighter Pictures/ BBC2

ITV2 SKETCH SHOW

2009

Avalon Productions/ ITV

JELLYNECK

1988

Central TV

MURDER MOST HORRID

1994

Talkback/ BBC

REVOLTING ANIMALS

1987

Central TV

THE MORWENNA BANKS SHOW

1997

Absolutely/ C5

THE PREVENTERS

1996

Carlton, Absolutely/ ITV

THE TOWN THAT WANTS A TWIN

2004

IWC Media/ BBC2

Film

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BREAKFAST WITH JONNY WILKINSON

2013

Breakfast Films Ltd