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Tom MacRae

Tom MacRae (born 1980) is an English BAFTA and Olivier nominated screenwriter, author and playwright. He is the creator of Comedy Central's Threesome. He has also written episodes of Marple and Lewis for ITV and of Casualty, Doctor Who and Bonekickers for the BBC.

Tom MacRae
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Tom MacRae (centre) at a Doctor Who convention
BornThomas Anthony MacRae
August 6, 1980
Weedon Bec, Northamptonshire
Occupationscreenwriter, author, playwright
Known forThreesome, Fungus the Bogeyman, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Spouse(s)Dannie Pye
(m. 2017)


Early lifeEdit

The only child of Dianne, an art teacher, and Anthony, an artist, MacRae grew up in Weedon Bec, Northamptonshire[1] and attended Campion School, Bugbrooke.


His writing for television includes: BBC One's Mayo starring Alistair McGowan; "At Bertrams Hotel" for Marple and "Life Born of Fire" for Lewis (both for ITV1); The Lines of War for the BBC series Bonekickers; and an episode of Casualty.[2] He was nominated for a BAFTA in 2002 for Off Limits: School's Out for Channel 4.

For the Doctor Who television series, he wrote the two-part story "Rise of the Cybermen" and "The Age of Steel" for the 2006 series. Issue 383 of Doctor Who Magazine reported that MacRae had been commissioned to write the episode "Century House" for Series 4, broadcast in 2008; however, this episode was cancelled after Russell T Davies decided that it was too close in tone to another episode. More recently, MacRae wrote "The Girl Who Waited" for the 2011 series.

In 2011, he created and wrote Threesome, Comedy Central UK's first original scripted comedy since the channel was renamed in 2009. It starred Stephen Wight and Amy Huberman as a young couple and Emun Elliott as their gay best friend. A second series has aired.[3]

In 2015, he co-wrote the television adaptation of Raymond Briggs' Fungus the Bogeyman.[4]

Since 2016 he has written several episodes for the television fantasy series The Librarians[5]

Other writing venturesEdit

MacRae wrote a picture book for children called The Opposite which has gone into paperback and been published in several languages. His second book for children, Baby Pie also received a paperback edition.[6]

He wrote the book and lyrics to the new musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which premiered at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield in February 2017. On 21 June it was announced that the musical would transfer to the West End at the Apollo Theatre[7] from 6 November 2017 to 21 April 2018 with most of the Crucible Theatre cast returning.


  1. ^ Who's The Star Of Village Fete Daventry Express, 11 September 2006
  2. ^ The Lines Of War Archived 26 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine BBC 1
  3. ^ Tom MacRae 'Threesome' Q&A: 'Series two is going to be different' Digital Spy, 26 September 2012
  4. ^ ‘Fungus the Bogeyman’: Victoria Wood and Timothy Spall on the new TV production of Raymond Briggs' classic Independent, 22 December 2015
  5. ^ Librarians: Dean Devlin on Doctor Who influence, previews season 3 death Entertainment Weekly, 19 November 2016
  6. ^ About the author – Tom Macrae Random House
  7. ^, DEWYNTERS |. "Everybody's Talking About Jamie". Retrieved 2017-06-23.

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