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"The best eBook I've read recently was David Quantick's SPARKS" - Neil Gaiman, Twitter, 2012
David Quantick began writing for the music publication NME in 1983, alongside Danny Baker and Paul Morley. Together with Steven Wells, he contributed to many of the humorous snippet sections in the paper. In addition to rock journalism, he was also submitting gags and sketches to British comedy shows such as Spitting Image.
Quantick built his profile steadily and his name began to appear increasingly often in print, radio and television. In 1992, Armando Iannucci asked Quantick and Steven Wells to join the writing team for the Radio 4 spoof news programme On the Hour, after which he made the natural progression to the television follow-up The Day Today (BBC2, 1994). Both shows were highly acclaimed, won awards and marshalled a loyal fan base.
With Jane Bussmann, Quantick wrote and performed Bussmann & Quantick Kingsize (1998), a series of sketches and monologues for BBC Radio 4. and they joined Chris Morris to write for Brass Eye in 1996 and Morris's radio series Blue Jam (Radio 1, 1997) and the subsequent television version Jam (Channel 4, 2000).
The 2001 Brass Eye Special attracted so much protest that Government ministers promptly condemned the programme without having seen it.
Throughout this period, he also contributed to less provocative fare such as Smack the Pony (Channel 4, 1999 - 2001), Harry Enfield's Brand Spanking New Show (Sky One, 2000) and could be heard on Radio 4's The 99p Challenge.
In 2000, Quantick and Bussmann created the world's first Internet sitcom Junkies about three heroin addicts. Quantick also claimed it as the first docusitcom (documentary/sitcom). It starred long-time Morris collaborator Peter Baynham, with Sally Phillips (Smack the Pony) and Peter Serafinowicz (Look Around You). The project grew out of the writing pair's frustration with the commissioning process. The average sitcom, they said, costs £200,000 to make and finding funds is too difficult. So they secured the services of cast and crew on a voluntary basis and made a show for less than £4,000. The site received over a million visits in its first eight months of existence.
In 2001, Quantick collaborated with Collins and Maconie again on Lloyd Cole Knew My Father, a live show where the three recounted humorous tales of working as rock journalists. Stories centred on the deflating aspects of the job: the boredom, missing assignments, the idiosyncrasies of fan letters. A performance was later broadcast on Radio 2 as a six-episode serial.
Around this time, Quantick took part in a number of nostalgic list shows on British television themed around decades past: I Love the 1980s and I Love the 1990s etc.
Quantick co-wrote 15 Minute Musical (2004-08) with Richie Webb and Dave Cohen. 2005 saw him take part in Channel 4's Come Dine With Me, with four other celebrities.
He was also part of the writing team of Harry Hill's TV Burp, and writes and presents series 3 of 'The Blagger's Guide', a six-part comedy series on BBC Radio 2 with writer and producer Simon Poole.
In 2006, Quantick recorded One -- his first solo BBC Radio 4 series. A show in which no sketch featured more than one voice, it received excellent reviews and featured a variety of performers and writers, including Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, Dan Maier, Kevin Cecil and Jeremy Clarkson.
On 3 April 2008, music magazine The Word was forced to apologise in court to Morrissey, over an article by Quantick that accused the singer of racism and hypocrisy
In June 2008, Quantick was recruited as one of the launch presenters of Q Radio, presenting a weekly show.
In 2007, he wrote the Doctor Who audio play 'The Dark Husband' featuring the 7th Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, for Big Finish Productions.
In 2012, having worked on the final series of TV Burp, Quantick contributed material to The Thick Of It, continued to write for Rob Brydon, and recorded further editions of The Blagger's Guide for Radio 2. In September of that year, he published an e-book novel, Sparks, described by Neil Gaiman as "excellent".