Simon has worked on a long series of comedy-dramas for Talkback Thames, including Monday Monday, Open Wide and Beauty (starring Martin Clunes). In 2009 he worked on his second feature film, Good, starring Vigo Mortensen. His many documentary credits include Pioneer Productions’ epic Life Before Birth. 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 in 2000. 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 includes the feature film 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 recent 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, which led the BBC's Summer of British Film in 2007. 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.