Falmouth course leader Simon Nicholls releases new book based on hit BBC Radio 4 series  

01 November 2023

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Simon Nicholls, award-winning TV and audio comedy producer and course leader of Falmouth’s online master’s in comedy writing, is set to showcase the compelling and funny side of the natural world with the release of his new book A Housefly Buzzes in the Key of F.  

With a foreword from BBC Radio 4 series Nature Table presenter and comedian Sue Perkins, A Housefly Buzzes in the Key of F is Simon’s first book, and the latest highlight in an illustrious career which has seen him scoop numerous awards, be part of BAFTA and Emmy-winning showrunner Armando Iannucci’s BBC Comedy team, as well as produce and develop popular series including French and Saunders Titting About, Cornish sketch show Wosson Cornwall and Genius with Dave Gorman. 

Based on the hit radio series on which Simon is co-creator and producer, the book brings together an eclectic range of content from the programme’s expert guests, including facts, jokes and witty anecdotes about the wonders of the natural world.

Simon said: “When I was at school, I didn’t click with science – I found it very boring. So, I’m a bit baffled that I produce a BBC comedy wildlife show hosted by Sue Perkins and have now written a book full of amazing funny natural history facts. Sixteen-year-old me would shake his head in despair and call me a nerd.”  

To celebrate the release of A Housefly Buzzes in the Key of F (which the author claims will make an excellent Christmas present, cough) Simon will be in conversation with writer, author and interviewer Craig Barr-Green at Waterstones Truro on Thursday 23 November, where they will discuss the book, the series and how Simon has forged a hugely successful career from being funny (well, working with people who are funny). Tickets for the event can be booked here

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