Paul Mayhew-ArcherScreenwriter & Producer
Paul has worked for 35 years in Radio and TV as a comedy writer, producer, script editor and commissioning editor.
He co-wrote The Vicar of Dibley with Richard Curtis, and more recently worked on Mrs Brown’s Boys as script editor and co-writer. Other credits include I’m Sorry I haven’t a Clue, Spitting Image, Two Pints of lager and a Packet of Crisps and Miranda.
In 2014 he teamed up again with Richard Curtis to adapt Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot for the BBC. The television film starred Dame Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman and was broadcast on New Year’s Day 2015.
Five years ago Paul was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, but he remains cheerful and determined to keep laughing. His documentary Parkinson’s: The Funny Side was shown on BBC 1 earlier this year. He is also writing a comedy drama about the illness, gives fundraising speeches about it and even appeared on The One Show to talk about it. Paul is a member of the Parkinson’s UK Oxford Branch and they are hoping desperately for a cure to be found so he will finally shut up.
He will almost inevitably talk a bit about Parkinson’s during his session. If it gets too much for you, make a run for it. He’ll never catch you.