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2009: Chris Tookey’s Movie-Film-Review. Latest version of Tookey’s Film Guide, the biggest and most authoritative collection of film criticism in the world.
2005: Must-See Movies. New and improved version of Tookey’s Film Guide, the biggest and most authoritative collection of film criticism in the world.
2005: Harsh!' An A to Z of the World’s Deadliest Movie Reviews From Affleck to Zeta Jones.
2002: Tookey’s Film Guide (on the internet at, the largest and most authoritative collection of film criticism in the world.
1993: The Critics’ Film Guide (Boxtree).
Since 1993: Film Critic, Feature Writer and occasional Theatre Critic for Daily Mail.
1994 - 1998: Chairman of British Film Critics’ Circle, presenting and producing annual awards ceremony in aid of the NSPCC. Freelance features for Sunday Times, Observer, European, Literary Review and (in America) National Review.
1990 - 1993: Film Critic and Feature Writer Sunday Telegraph and TV Critic Daily Telegraph.
1987 - 1990: TV Critic Sunday Telegraph.
1985-1988: Three years as regular contributor to Books & Bookmen, writing dozens of profiles and book reviews. Interviewees included Joseph Heller, Kingsley Amis, Doris Lessing, Alison Lurie, Kazuo Ishiguro, Clive Barker.
1971: Editor of Isis at Oxford University.
Radio Broadcaster
Since 2003: Presenter of The Film Programme and Back Row, the Radio 4 Movie Programmes. Among the numerous film stars and directors he has interviewed are Drew Barrymore, Halle Berry, Tim Burton, Steve Carell, Penelope Cruz, Claire Daines, Guillermo dl Toro, Johnny Depp, Michael Douglas, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Firth, Harrison Ford, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Terry Gilliam, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Sam Raimi, Will Smith, Sharon Stone, Audrey Tautou, Owen Wilson, Elijah Wood and Robert Zemeckis.

Resident film critic on The Arts Programme (Radio 2) for two years.

Several talks on history of film music and leading composers during concert intervals (Radio 2).

Frequent contributor to Meridian (BBC World Service).

Frequent guest on Front Row, Today Programme, and The Moral Maze (Radio 4). Innumerable appearances on local radio shows.

Television Producer/ Director:

He has produced and directed hundreds of TV programmes, including the award-winning rock series Revolver (ATV), the acclaimed Channel 4 series After Dark and the Emmy-winning Network 7, the ratings successes Showtime, Luna and Celebrity Squares (Central), and several internationally chart-topping rock videos including the Katrina and the Waves classic, Walking On Sunshine.

Composer/ Lyricist/ Librettist:
His latest Musical, Hard Times, which he directed, co-wrote and co-produced, broke box-office records at the Theatre Royal, Windsor and had an extended West End run of over 100 performances at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket.

He has written 11 other stage musicals produced at the Haymarket and Phoenix Theatres in Leicester, the Arts in Cambridge, the Belgrade Coventry, and the Bush and Gate Theatres on the London fringe.

In the West End, he was Associate Producer on Appearances, which starred Susannah York for a limited season at the May Fair Theatre.

He re-directed the hit Broadway musical Very Good Eddie, which ran for over a year at the Piccadilly Theatre, and co-directed Groucho In Toto, which had a limited run at the Fortune Theatre.

He has composed and arranged the theme music for three television series (once on his own, once with Hugh Thomas, and once with Michael Dolenz of the Monkees).

Academic Career

He won an Open Scholarship in Modern History to Exeter College, Oxford.

He received a BA and MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

He was elected President of the Oxford Union, Editor of Isis and President of the Etceteras (the Oxford equivalent of the Cambridge Footlights).

He was Musicial Director of the Oxford Theatre Group at the Edinburgh Festival and directed the winning new play in the Sunday Times-NUS Drama Competition, Tina Brown’s Under The Bamboo Tree.

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