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Richard Curtis (born 8 November 1956) is an English film and television writer and director. On television, he is best known for his work on The Vicar of Dibley and Spitting Image, and his collaborations with Rowan Atkinson on Blackadder and Mr. Bean. In film, he is known as the screenwriter for Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary and the writer/director of Love Actually. He also conducted the cast interviews included in the DVD release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
His first work in the Doctor Who franchise was as the executive producer of the official BBC parody, The Curse of Fatal Death. Steven Moffat once credited Curtis with inviting him to write the spoof, Moffat's first televised work for Doctor Who, and suggested that he was "returning the favour" by commissioning Curtis to write Vincent and the Doctor. (Doctor Who Magazine #417)
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