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Paul Mayhew-Archer - Living with the Vicar of Dibley

Vicar of Dibley This was a fun talk before Christmas.
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Paul played several comedy clips and talked about:
Working with Richard Curtis and Dawn French on Dibley
Working on "Mrs Browns Boys"
Being his sons uncle, and (as this is a motor club)
Getting two speeding fines in forty minutes.

Paul recently spoke to the Wiltshire Federation of W.I.s. Afterwards, the Chairwoman wrote "Thank you, thank you, thank you for such an hilarious presentation. Everyone thought you were great... If you ever need a reference, count on me!!"

I do need a reference. So there it is. I do not charge a fee, but there will be a collection for Comic Relief. Please come and give generously.

Paul Mayhew-Archer

Paul Mayhew Archer| Paul read English at Cambridge where he wrote and performed sketches with Andy Hamilton (now on "The News Quiz" and the creator of "Outnumbered")

After University Paul became a teacher at John Mason School in Abingdon and penned several plays for the students and staff. Then in 1979 he joined the BBC as a Producer in the Radio Light Entertainment department.

Amongst the shows he produced were two Sony Award-winning series - "Delve Special" starring Stephen Fry and "Old Harry's Game", Andy Hamiltons sitcom set in hell. He also produced "Week ending" (starring a little known actor called David Jason) and "Im sorry I havent a Clue". Paul is especially proud of introducing to "Clue" the lovely Samantha.

In 1987 he started working in television where he script edited "Spitting Image" and worked as the comedy script consultant for Channel Four, helping to commission "Father Ted" and "Drop the Dead Donkey". He then returned to the BBC to script edit "Two Pints of lager and a Packet of Crisps", "Miranda" and "Mrs Browns Boys" which won the BAFTA for Best Sitcom in 2012.

Throughout all this time he also worked as a sitcom writer. He started by writing "An Actors Life for me" which ran for several series on Radio 2 before transferring (o so briefly) to BBC1. For BBC1 he also co-wrote the long-running sitcom "My Hero" starring Ardal OHanlon, and most notably he co-wrote with Richard Curtis "The Vicar of Dibley" - voted in a national poll the third Best British sitcom of all time, and winner of the Royal Television Society Award, The National Viewers Award, The Golden Rose and The International Emmy (but not the BAFTA - no bitterness there you understand).

In 2011 he left the BBC after serving as the Commissioning Editor for Radio Four Comedy. He now works part-time - hes pretty old - script editing the third series of "Mrs Browns Boys" and co-writing with Richard Curtis a new non Dibley TV film for BBC1. Hopefully it will go out over Christmas 2013.

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