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David Renwick's Biography

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David Peter Renwick was born on 4 September 1951.

He went to school in Luton and then studied journalism at Harlow Technical College before getting a job as a reporter / sub-editor on the Luton News in the early 1970s.

David Renwick started to become disenchanted with journalism and began sending comedy sketches to broadcasters. Some of his work got commissioned whilst he still held down his newspaper job.

Renwick started writing more and more for radio and television and formed a partnership with Andrew Marshall. Together they wrote works such as The Burkiss Way, Whoops Apocalypse, and Alexei Sayle's Stuff.

David Renwick's best known work, however, are series for which he was the solo creator and writer: One Foot in the Grave (1989-2000) and Jonathan Creek (1997-2003).

According to The Radio Times, David Renwick met his wife, Ellie, through placing an ad in the 'Would Like to Meet' section of a London listings magazine.

And so David Renwick married Eleanor Florence in Hogarth in 1994.

The main characters in Renwick's Love Soup have a lot of similarities to David and Ellie.

As David Renwick explained on the BBC's Love Soup website accompanying the first series:

"On the principle that your best bet is to write about what you know, it seemed pointless not to make the man a comedy writer, and the woman a perfumery account manager in a large department store (the position my wife Ellie occupied until two years before we got married). In the show I even sited the character of Alice in Brighton, where Ellie lived for many years, commuting back and forth to London. In fact we ended up using her old apartment block in Hove for our exteriors."

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