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Mark Burton (born 1960) is a British screenwriter specialising in comedy.

Mark Burton
Mark Burton, Shaun the Sheep Movie, SFFS 2015.jpg
Burton in 2015
Born1960 (age 58–59)
OccupationScreenwriter, composer
Years active1986–present
Notable work
Shaun the Sheep Movie
Early Man


Television and radio careerEdit

After turning up at BBC Radio's Light Entertainment Department, Burton teamed up with John O'Farrell and the two were commissioned for Week Ending by Harry Thompson (who later named his two pet rats Burton and O'Farrell). The pair won the BBC Light Entertainment Contract Award, and went on to write or contribute to a number of radio series, including Little Blighty on the Down, McKay the New and with Pete Sinclair, the multi-award-winning A Look Back at the Nineties and Look Back at the Future in which Burton also performed.[1] Burton also created the BBC Radio 4 panel game We've Been Here Before presented by Clive Anderson.

Burton and O’Farrell were commissioned for Spitting Image in 1988 and the following year became two of the lead writers on the show. They also wrote for Clive Anderson Talks Back, Nick Hancock on Room 101, Murder Most Horrid, and co-wrote some of the Heads to Heads for Alas Smith and Jones. In 1993, they left Spitting Image and became the first writers credited for the scripted parts of Have I Got News For You. Also for Hat Trick Productions they wrote a BBC1 sitcom The Peter Principle starring Jim Broadbent (known as The Boss in the US).[citation needed]


The pair are credited for ‘additional dialogue’ for the Aardman film Chicken Run, but after a decade of collaboration, Burton and O'Farrell began to work on separate projects. Although he continued to do some TV comedy scriptwriting (with credits for 2DTV, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Mike Bassett: Manager) Burton began to focus on screenwriting, most notably with the DreamWorks animation Madagascar. Other major screenplay credits include Wallace and Gromit: the Curse of the Were-Rabbit (which won an Oscar in 2006 for Best Animated Feature Film), Gnomeo and Juliet and Aliens in the Attic. He adapted the novel of his former writing partner for the ITV film 'May Contain Nuts' and also wrote and produced the BBC short film One of those Days.


Burton is a musician and songwriter, having composed the music for the comedy rock musical The Next Big Thing which he wrote and produced with Pete Sinclair.[citation needed] He also shares the credit for the original music in 'One Of Those Days' and has written songs and parodies for a number of radio shows.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Alphabetical Name Index, "RadioHaHa".

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