Tom Basden

Tom Basden

Date of birth: 30-11-1980
Tom Basden, a former vice-president of the Cambridge Footlights, is a member of the four-man sketch group Cowards who made his solo Edinburgh debut in 2007 with his musical comedy show Tom Basden Won't Say Anything, which won the if.comedy best newcomer award and was nominated for the following year's Chortle award for best show. He was also nominated for the Chortle best breakthrough award in 2008.

He has written and performed on several TV and radio comedy shows, including Jam & Jerusalem (BBC1), Hyperdrive (BBC2), The Milk Run (Radio 1) and the Cowards’ Radio 4 series.

Basden also performs in a two-man act called Freeze with fellow Cowards member Tim Key.

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Tom Basden writes a BBC comedy to star Katherine Parkinson

About a family winter holiday in Margate

Tom Basden has written a one-off BBC One sitcom starring Katherine Parkinson.

Pandemonium revolves around the Jessop family, and features an ensemble cast that also includes Alison Steadman, Ghosts’ Jim Howick and Plebs co-creator Basden himself.

The plot draws on the events of 2020 with the family having had to  abandon their holiday of a lifetime to California and instead wind up on vacation in Margate in December,

The half-hour is shot as if filmed by the family’s youngest son, and will air on the BBC’s flagship channel over the festive season.

Pandemonium production credits

Made by:  BBC Studios
Written by: Tom Basden
Commissioned by: Kate Phillips, acting controller BBC One and Shane Allen, controller of comedy commissioning
Executive producer: Josh Cole
Commissioning editor: Gregor Sharp.

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Published: 24 Nov 2020

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Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2006


Edinburgh Fringe 2007


Tom Basden Won't Say Anything

Edinburgh Fringe 2008

Cowards [2008]



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