One of England's most esteemed television directors, Fywell most recently completed the television films I-Iear the Silence, starring Juliet Stevenson and Hugh Bonneville, for Channel 5; and Cambridge Spies, four 1-hour shows starring Tom Hollander, Toby Stephens, Rupert Penry-Jones and Samuel West forBBC, which won
the FIPA Special Prize for Drama Series in January 2004, as well as Grand Prizes for Best Actor and Original Score. Among his other television credits are North Square for Channel 4; Madame Bovary starring Prances O'Connor and Hugh Bonneville for BBC; Touch and Go starring Martin Climes; 'The Woman in White," which earned a BAPTA Best Drama Serial nomination; 'The Ice House for BBC; Norma Jean & Marilyn starring Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino forHBO; Cracker-True Romance for Gramada TV, Life After Life for BBC; and the celebrated Cracker To Be Somebody" with Robert Carlyle for Granada, which won a BAFTA Best Series Award and a Cable Ace Award nomination. Fywell's other credit include the BBC serials A Dark Adapted Eke, Gallowglass and A Fatal Inversion; and Channel 4's A Pair and Easy Passage.
Fywell's first love was theatre, to which he devoted himself while studying English at Cambridge University. After obtaining a degree, he returned to his native London in the mid'70s, where he began his professional career directing new plays in fringe theatre before moving on to the West End. Some of his theatrical credits include Les Liaisons Dangereuses (PlayhouseTheatre); Skirmishes (HampsteadTheatre); Red Saturday (Royal Court); 'The Mother Country (Riverside Studios); I-lifting Town (Bush Theatre); No Hand Signals (National Theatre), which he wrote and directed; I Made It Ma Top of the World," which he devised and directed at the Royal Court and Spring Awakening (Royal Court). Pywell made the transition into television and film in the late '80s when he took the BBC's 3-month director's course to learn the technical aspects of filming. From there he went on to direct the long-mooing soap opera 'Brookside," which he shot in Liverpool for a year. Since then he's worked mainly in film with an occasional return to theatre.
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