Simon's many documentary credits include Pioneer Productions’ epic Life Before Birth, and ITV's long-running, BAFTA award-winning series Long Lost Family, presented by Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell. Simon has also worked on all series of the very popular CBBC series Hetty Feather, and has scored feature films including The Postcard Killings and Good. He has composed title themes for many well-known productions, not least Channel 4’s hugely-successful Scrapheap Challenge. Above all, Simon is a delight to work with, with the consequence that directors and producers return to him again and again.
A graduate of University College London and classically trained pianist, Simon Lacey started his musical career as songwriter and vocalist in the band Great Northern Electrics, subsequently playing keyboards for artists ranging from Ricky Gervais to Echobelly. His career as a television composer took off in the mid-90s when he scored numerous projects for the then fledgling RDF Television, also doing documentary work for the BBC and others.
Simon's reputation as a sensitive and original composer for drama has been growing rapidly since his work on Carlton's remake of E. Nesbit's The Railway Children. For this film, starring Richard Attenborough, Gregor Fisher and Jenny Augutter as 'Mother', Simon created a beautifully lyrical chamber orchestra score evoking the idealised world of Edwardian childhood.
Recent work include features such as The Postcard Killings (2020) starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Famke Janssen and Cush Jumbo, and Good, starring Viggo Mortensen and directed by Vicente Amorim, for which Simon composed an orchestral score as well as arranging songs by Mahler. However, Simon can also write in a more contemporary mode, as in the ITV comedy-drama Monday Monday. Comedy drama is something of a speciality, and Simon has composed for several Simon Nye-scripted comedies for Talkback Thames including Open Wide, Tunnel of Love and Beauty, the latter starring Martin Clunes.
In the documentary field, Simon composed the music for Pioneer Productions' highly acclaimed documentary film Life Before Birth (broadcast on Discovery as In The Womb). He has also written many memorable and popular title themes, including those for the BBC's drama series Fish and for BBC2's 7-part series British Film Forever. Simon has also enjoyed working on a couple of historical drama-documentaries: Mary Shelley: The Birth of Frankenstein, for the BBC (for which he was able to dip his toes into the horror genre); and Anthony and Cleopatra for Wall to Wall.
In contrast to these dramas, Simon has also worked on entertainment shows including RDF's Scrapheap Challenge and its American spin-off Junkyard Wars – a reflection of his eclectic ability to work in any style, to any brief.