My work

To contact me, email: charlie@eyewitnessmedia.co.uk

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

My creations as a writer director include the innovative BSL comedy sketch show Deaf Funny (winner of the RTS Yorkshire Writer award 2018 and Best TV Programme at Deafest 2019), the Found documentaries, the Four Deaf Yorkshiremen comedies, and hit short film The Kiss.

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

I am currently a member of the BBC Writer’s Room’s Writers Access Group, attending monthly workshops about writing across the BBC’s output and I’ve recently written on projects for Children’s BBC and BBC Drama.

In the last year, I’ve also worked on an innovative documentary for Australian broadcaster SBS and made two short films for the charity SignHealth. Coercion aimed to illustrate controlling behaviour in relationships, while The Test aimed to educate young Deaf people about sexual health.

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 6 million views and posted blogs by over 400 Deaf people since 2012. Shortly after starting the site, I broke the 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.

In 2017, I set up Eyewitness Media, dedicated to telling stories from a visual perspective, and my most recent programmes have been made as co-productions with Wellington Films. Two new episodes of Deaf Funny will be broadcast in autumn 2019 and I’m currently working on new commissions.

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