Bafta-winning writer Nick Fisher has disappeared with his dog, sparking a police chase.
The writer, best known for creating the CITV show The Giblet Boys, as well as serving on the editorial staff of EastEnders, Casualty and Holby City, has not been seen since leaving his home in Dorset with his Springer Spaniel on November 15 at 4.30 p.m.
The 63-year-old left his home in a Nissan Navara truck with registration YE71 DFA.
Police say the father-of-four’s disappearance is irrelevant and have issued an appeal.
Inspector David Parr, of Dorset Police, said: ‘Nick left the area unexpectedly and has not been in contact with family or friends which is irrelevant.
“I urge anyone who has seen Nick, or a man fitting the description given, to contact Dorset Police.
“Furthermore, I am appealing to anyone who has seen the vehicle traveling in the area or parking locally to please come forward.
“Finally, if you see this call Nick – please contact us or your family, as we all want to make sure you are safe and healthy.”
He is described as white and is five foot nine tall, with sand-colored hair and tattoos on both of his arms.
Stars like River Cottage’s Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, who Nick is close friends with, and Piers Morgan have spoken out.
Hugh wrote: “I never thought I would use social media for this, but my very dear friend Nick Fisher, who some of you know from his work as a journalist and on TV, has disappeared.”
“He left his home in the village of Hooke near Bridport in his silver Nissan Navara YE71 DFA pick-up truck on Tuesday afternoon, along with his brown and white spaniel. The car was seen half an hour later on a police camera near Dorchester.
“It looks like Nick bought a cup of tea at a hotel nearby, but he didn’t stay there and hasn’t been seen since. It’s so different for Nick to do this and of course we’re very concerned for his safety.
“We are desperate to find him and if you have seen anything that will help us please call 101 and quote case number 15:644. I am also posting the call from the local news website with a Nick’s photo.
Piers Morgan retweeted Hugh’s post, adding: “Please read this thread and notify the police immediately if you have any information on Nick’s whereabouts.” He’s a great guy and his family is very worried.
Fisher created the Channel 4 show Screaming Reels in the 1990s, which saw him take celebrities to fishing spots across the country.
He also appeared on River Cottage, hosted by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
Fisher then wrote the children’s drama The Giblet Boys about three brothers, Pud, Kevin and Scurvy, and their adventures.
It ran for two series in 2005 and earned Fisher a Bafta for children’s drama.
He previously said of the series (via Dorset Echo): ‘It was inspired by the fact that my three boys had very little to watch on TV.
“I don’t really like them watching loads of horrible American cartoons. I don’t like that kind of stuff at all and neither do they. Most of the shows that aired at the time were very girl-centric – Sister Sister, Mona the Vampire, Tracy Beaker, all those shows that had star girls and emotional, romantic stories, and my boys just weren’t interested.
“I really wanted to write something that had good old-fashioned slapstick humor.”
In 2011, he wrote his play, Basket Case, with Nigel Havers.
He is also the author of the novel Pot Luck, which received praise from Broadchurch creator and former Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall.
Fisher’s most recent writing credits are on Holby City and Casualty.