Belfast Film Festival is delighted to welcome Graham Linehan to BFF18.

Linehan co-wrote Father Ted and Black Books, writes and directs The IT Crowd for Channel 4, has won four Baftas, an International Emmy and has contributed to many of the seminal comedy shows of the last couple of decades including I’m Alan Partridge, The Day Today, Brass Eye and The Fast Show. He will discuss his career in a public Q&A with Brian Henry Martin.

After an early career as a journalist for the Irish music magazine ‘Hot Press’, Graham began collaborating with writer Arthur Mathews on many high profile comedy sketch shows including Alas Smith and Jones, Harry Enfield and Chums, and the ‘Ted’ and ‘Ralph’ characters in The Fast Show.

It was Linehan and Mathews’ creation of Father Ted in 1995 that brought their greatest success of their early years. The programme won countless awards, including two BAFTAs for best comedy, and is today regarded as one of the greatest British sitcoms ever produced. Linehan and Mathews then wrote the first series of the sketch show Big Train, which Graham also directed.

Linehan has since written for other shows including Brass Eye. 2000 saw his next success with his co- creation of Black Books with Dylan Moran. Linehan went on to create, write and direct the 2006 Channel 4 sitcom The IT Crowd, starring Chris O’Dowd and Richard Ayoade. Most recently Graham has been co-writing and directing his new sitcom Count Arthur Strong for BBC2, co-written with its star Steve Delaney, and co-starring Rory Kinnear.