ALAN GILBEY is a genuine cockney, born within the sound of a sat-nav being stolen.
In his fifty or so years of failing to live somewhere other than the East End he has been a sickly school kid, a punk poet, a stand-up comic and an acclaimed playwright. As well as his stage work he created several award winning comedy/drama series for radio and contributed to BBC2's 'Deadringers.'
Today he principally works in animation, developing and writing new TV series for adults and for children. Shows that he scripted have won many UK and international awards, including two from the Royal Television Society and two Baftas.
A decade ago, with actor Steven Wells, he begun Backpassage Walks to offer alternative ways of exploring East End history and so he could get out of the house more.