My work

I am represented by Emily Smith at The Agency. To contact me direct, email: charlie@eyewitnessmedia.co.uk

Royal television society Yorkshire programme awards 2018 at the Queen's hotel LeedsI’m an RTS award-winning screenwriter, director and journalist. I make ground-breaking dramas, comedies and documentaries, often with Deaf people and sign language at their heart.

I’ve recently written for Jimmy McGovern’s Moving OnCasualty, Eastenders, CBBC, and BSL Zone.

My most recent writing credit is my one-off 45min BBC1 drama More Than Words, broadcast in March 2021. It was made as part of Jimmy McGovern’s Moving On anthology series, starring Sophie Stone and Kelvin Fletcher as a couple who struggle to stay together when one of them loses their hearing.

IMG_0237

The groundbreaking Casualty episode I co-wrote, telling the story of a day in the life of a deaf nurse, led to the programme winning the 2021 RTS award for best soap or continuing drama and was also nominated for a Rose D’Or (read a BBC Writersroom blog here). The episode was groundbreaking for featuring five deaf creatives in key roles, including two actors, two writers and the director.

Screenshot 2020-07-10 at 11.49.11Last year I also worked with Eastenders, creating the storyline about Ben Mitchell losing his hearing and the introduction of Frankie, the show’s first signing deaf character. I also created the concept for the ‘silent’ episode and worked on it as Story Consultant (read a BBC Writersroom blog about my work on the show here).

My creations as a writer director include the innovative 6-part BSL comedy sketch show Deaf Funny, winner of the RTS Yorkshire Writer award 2018 and Best TV Programme at Deafest 2019. I also created and directed the five-part Found documentaries about people discovering their deaf identity, the Four Deaf Yorkshiremen comedies, and hit short film The Kiss.

18517954_10154354728337260_5376041155601368941_o

As a screenwriter, I created and wrote the award-winning half hour TV dramas My Song and Departure Lounge, rude mockumentary Hands Solo, the TV mini-series The Fingerspellers and YouTube viral hit Coming Out. I also wrote a short film for the NSPCC which has clocked up over 1 million views online, and several other charity shorts.

As a journalist, I’ve written for the Guardian, Mirror and BBC Online, as well as many others. I am the editor of the world’s most popular Deaf blog, The Limping Chicken, which has clocked up over 7 million views and posted blogs by over 400 Deaf people since 2012. Shortly after starting the site, I broke the 2013 worldwide news story about the fake interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.

I have appeared on Radio 4, BBC Breakfast News, BBC World Service, BBC Trending,  Watchdog, BBC London, the BBC Ouch podcast, and the Abnormally Funny People Podcast. I’ve also presented discussions at the Edinburgh Film Festival, the Edinburgh Book Festival, and Ilkley Literature Festival.