Born and raised in London, Jamie spent three years at the University of Kent reading English and Drama. He met his wife at Canterbury - Helen Middleton Murry, granddaughter of literary critic John Middleton Murry and daughter of Science Fiction author Richard Cowper. They were married in 1980. After struggling to make a living as an ASM at the Royal Court Theatre, while harbouring designs to direct, Jamie answered an advert in the Media Guardian and found himself working as a BBC Light Entertainment Radio producer where he was responsible for such shows as The Michael Bentine Show, The Wow Show, Weekending, and The History of Rock. Two Sony Awards and the Premios Ondas Award followed for his work on In One Ear and Radio Active. During this time he also won the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival with Writer’s Inc.
In 1986 he moved into television - producing, directing and writing for all the major British broadcasters on a wide range of programming: Smith & Jones was nominated for a BAFTA, Faith In The Future won a British Comedy Award and KYTV was awarded the Silver Rose of Montreux in 1992. He has since worked with Harry Hill, Jerry Sadowitz, Paul Merton, and as the producer of My Hero for BBC1. He is currently producing the Lee Mack comedy, Not Going Out which goes out in a prime-time slot on BBC1.
In 2012 he returned to BBC Radio 4 to direct and produce the comedy drama Gloomsbury, written by Sue Limb and starring Miriam Margolyes and Alison Steadman. He made the second series in 2013 and hopes to make more.
Jamie is also a prolific writer of children’s books. He started telling stories to his own children, scaring them to within an inch of their lives whenever possible, and then discovered that he could make a living at it. His books include Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids (4 volumes) and Grizzly Tales (8 volumes), The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury (six volumes), Johnny Casanova - The Unstoppable Sex Machine, The Changing Face of Johnny Casanova, www.fatherchristmas.con, The Dreaded Lurgie, A Stitch In Time, Free The Whales, One Hot Penguin, Mr Mumble’s Fabulous Flybrows, The Vile Smile, The Last Chocolate Biscuit, Looking After Murphy, Giddy Goat and Giddy The Great! And last year he wrote two titles for the Awesome Animals series – Panda Panic and Running Wild.
His last novel, The Incredible Luck of Alfie Pluck has been widely acclaimed and was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010. His latest novel is called At Home With The Robottoms and is still being written… His highly successful series of cautionary tales, Grizzly Tales For Gruesome Kids won the Smarties Prize in 1990, and went on to spawn the animated series that ran on Citv and then Nickelodeon from 2006 to 2012. It won the Broadcast Award for Best Children’s TV Series in 2012. As an animation writer and director he has not only written and produced Grizzly Tales For Gruesome Kids, Animal School for the BBC, and Willo The Wisp for Disney, but he has also written episodes of Dusty and Musty for Hit Entertainment, and two feature films for Little Brother, fatherchristmas.con and Dr Diabolo’s Night Marys. He created, wrote and produced the thirteen part live action comedy, The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury and is working on an animated series of Johnny Casanova and a feature adaptation of Alfie Pluck.