Dr Simon Passmore

Senior Lecturer

+44 20 7911 5000 ext 68015
Harrow Campus Northwick Park HA1 3TP

I'm part of

UG Music, Film & Visual Communication | Department

Connect with me

Producer and Writer

Before returning to university as a teacher of screenwriting and film producing I was a writer, producer, and script editor across a range of industry structures in the UK.  These include the BBC’s drama department, where I was a script editor and subsequently a producer of drama series, serials, and films.  Later, with Channel 4 and ITV, I worked as an independent drama producer and the proprietor of a small production company.  I’ve also worked in several small to medium-sized production companies as freelance screenwriter, producer, and drama executive.  

Subsequently, alongside teaching, I have written six radio plays commissioned, produced, and broadcast by the BBC.  

As a senior lecturer on BA Film I teaching film production and screenwriting to undergraduates, running the course’s 60-credit level 5 practice module and level 6 screenwriting module.

I am also active in research, and in 2018 received my PhD from the English department of Lancaster University for my thesis Screenplays: Writing, Discourse, and Process.


Le scénario dans le cinéma anglophone: texte invisible, texte visible, Université de Bretagne Sud: paper, “Screenwriter, Script-reader and Audience” (January 2012)

London Screenwriters Workshop: invited speaker: panel. “Should writers produce?” (September 2010)

ACS Crossroads, Hong Kong: paper, “When Time Stops And Time Is Never Ending: In The Mood For Love and Four Quartets’” (June 2010)

Writer, radio drama:

Earworm: 45’ radio drama with Chloe Pirrie, Justin Salinger; BBC Radio 4, 2015

Leverage: 60’ radio play with Claire Foy, Charlie Cox, Blake Ritson; BBC Radio 4, 2011

The Patient: 30’ radio play with Philip Jackson, Lucy Akhurst; BBC Radio 4, 2011

Going To Ground: 60’ radio play with Guy Henry; BBC Radio 4, 2010

Accomplices: 45’ radio play with Claudia Harrison, Emily Joyce; BBC Radio 4, 2009

Offshore45’ radio play with Nadine Marshall, Richard Lintern; BBC Radio 4, 2008


Whose Baby?: 70’ film drama starring Sophie Okonedo, Andrew Lincoln; Granada/ITV, 2004

Foyle’s War series II: 4 x 98’ film drama starring Michael Kitchen; Greenlit/ITV, 2004; BAFTA nomination: Best Series

Foyle’s War series I: 3 x 98’ film drama starring Michael Kitchen; Greenlit/ITV, 2003; BAFTA Audience Award

Pretending To Be Judith: 98’ film drama starring Marc Warren, Nathaniel Parker; Tyro Films/ITV, 2001

Forgive and Forget: 96’ film drama starring John Simm, Laura Fraser; STV/ITV, 2000; London Film Festival; Inside Out Film Festival, San Francisco Film Festival.

An Evil Streak: 3 x 50’ film drama starring Trevor Eve; LWT/ITV, 1999

Imogen’s Face: 3 x 51’ and 1 x 100’ film drama starring Lia Williams; Tyro/ITV,1998.

Out Of Hours: 6 x 50’ film drama starring Dominic West; BBC/Tyro/Monogram, 1998.

Seventeen: 35mm short drama starring Rachel Weisz; Tyro/British Screen/C4, 1996; London, Chicago, Uppsala, Dinard film festivals

Seconds Out: 90’ film drama starring Steven Waddington, Tom Bell; BBC, 1992; Rotterdam Film Festival

The Law Lord: 90’ film drama starring Anthony Andrews, Bernard Hill; BBC, 1992

Do Not Disturb: 75’ film drama starring Peter Capaldi; BBC, 1991

Traitors: 60’ drama starring written by Jimmy McGovern; BBC, 1990

A Sense Of Guilt: 7 x 50’ drama starring Trevor Eve, Lisa Harrow; BBC, 1990


Browse our directory to find staff profiles containing contact information, biography and list of publications.

Related links

Research strategy
Our University

Discover how the University of Westminster is organised and who makes the University tick.