Big Jim

Tim Pye, Cathy Strickland

Comedy • Drama

A lazy, borderline-alcoholic gambler inherits a gym and must run it for a profit to get his hands on the rest of his inheritance.


Jim looks like a hobo in a Zegna suit.  When he is bequeathed a “Shape Up!” gym franchise by his vindictive mother, and then learns he must run it for a profit to get his hands on the rest of his inheritance, he is appalled. Jim has never run anything …

About Tim Pye

Tim is a multiple award winning Australian television writer / producer. Over thirty years, he has written and produced some of Australia's most popular and critically acclaimed television dramas and comedies. Tim was an Executive Producer and showrunner on Seasons...Read more about Tim Pye

About Cathy Strickland

AWGIE winner and nominee, Cathryn has worked for over twenty years in television as a researcher, script editor and writer. Her credits include Love Child (series 1-4), A Place to Call HomeG.P., MedivacChildren’s HospitalHouse Gang, Murder CallAll SaintsMcLeod’s Daughters. In 2007 Cathryn co- wrote and produced with her husband and partner, Tim Pye, the film Emerald Falls for the Ten Network.

In 2009 Cathy was commissioned to write a monologue for The Kangaroo Valley Arts Festival. Another series of monologues – Peeled for actor, Di Smith followed at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2010.

In 2010 The Australian National Academy of Music performed The Musical Child words by Cathy Strickland, music by the Australian composer, Andrew Ford. The Musical Child won the 2012 AWGIE for Music Theatre.

In 2010 Cathryn received funding from Screen Australia to write the film adaptation of a memoir written by linguist, Professor Daniel Everett. The Crooked Head is currently in the marketplace seeking a producer.

From 2013 – 2017 Cathryn wrote 6 episodes of Love Child.

Cathryn is currently writing A Place to Call Home and is assistant script producer on the series.

In April this year Cathryn’s pilot script Dirty Work was shortlisted in the Australian Writers’ Guild Showcase competition.

In August of 2017 Cathryn travelled to Los Angeles having secured herself a desk at ‘Charlie’s Hub’ with the assistance of Screen NSW. The purpose of this trip was to develop her television drama ideas (including a second draft of Dirty Work and meet with both producers, network heads and agents.

Tim Pye, Big Jim
Tim Pye
Cathryn Strickland Screenwriter
Cathy Strickland