Saturday 7 December 2019

Delightful year for Graham Linehan, Father Ted creator

Graham linehan
Graham linehan

Gordon Deegan

The entertainment firm operated by the man behind 'Father Ted' and 'The IT Crowd' saw its accumulated profits jump £50,000 to £179,394 (€226,644) last year.

Dubliner Graham Linehan, pictured, was the creative force behind the two multi-award winning comedies and new figures for his production firm, Delightful Industries Ltd, show that its accumulated profits increased by almost 38.5pc last year.

Accounts recently filed with Companies House in the UK show that monies owed to the firm by debtors during the year increased from £190,221 to £330,542 while monies owed to creditors increased from £61,128 to £164,854.

The rise in fortune coincided with the company signing a production deal in 2012 to make new comedy with 
Boom Pictures, established 
by former BBC1 controller 
Lorraine Heggessey.

On signing the deal with Linehan, Ms Heggessey described the Dubliner as a "comedy genius" stating: "I can't think of a better first signing for Boom Pictures."

The rise in profits last year followed the company sustaining a drop in profits in 2012 - going from £73,987 to £50,546.

Mr Linehan's credits also include 'Black Books' and 'Big Train', as well as writing for Chris Morris's 'Brass Eye', 'The Fast Show' and 'Harry Enfield'.

The writer's latest production, 'The Walshes' - based around a Dublin family - screened on RTE and BBC earlier this year to critical and popular acclaim.

Irish Independent

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