Paul Mayhew-Archer
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Paul Mayhew-Archer

Paul Mayhew-Archer
Born (1953-01-06) 6 January 1953 (age 67)
EducationEastbourne College
Alma mater
OccupationWriter, television and radio producer, script editor
Years active1987-present
Known forThe Vicar of Dibley
My Hero
Office Gossip
Old Harry's Game
Roald Dahl's Esio Trot

Paul Mayhew-Archer (born 6 January 1953[1]) is a British writer, producer and script editor for the BBC.


Before becoming a script writer for the BBC,[2] Mayhew-Archer worked in radio as a producer of comedy programmes including I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, and before that as an English teacher.

His most notable works are The Vicar of Dibley (main co-writer with Richard Curtis, the series' creator) and My Hero (main co-writer with creator Paul Mendelson), although he has also script-edited Old Harry's Game (which he also produces), Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Grownups, Home Again, Coming of Age and Big Top,[3] as well as for the first series of Miranda.[4] Episodes of Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps contain scenes set in fictional pubs called The Mayhew (first series only) and The Archer, both named after him. He co-wrote Roald Dahl's Esio Trot for BBC One. For radio he also wrote An Actor's Life for Me a short-lived comedy series starring John Gordon Sinclair, playing the part of a struggling young actor.

In addition, Mayhew-Archer appeared on screen in an episode of Drop the Dead Donkey (1996) and as a Life Insurance Officer in the first episode of the second series of Mrs. Brown's Boys.

Mayhew-Archer performed stand-up comedy at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.[5]

Personal life

Mayhew-Archer was born on 6 January 1953;[1] he attended Eastbourne College and went on to study English at St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He spent his time at school writing plays. While at Cambridge, he was a scriptwriter and performer with Andy Hamilton in the Cambridge University Light Entertainment Society.[] He lives in Abingdon, Oxfordshire with his wife Julie. In 2011, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.


  1. ^ a b Find The Company: Paul Mayhew Archer Archived 2 January 2015 at Linked 2015-01-02
  2. ^ "Paul Mayhew-Archer on Sitcoms". BBC. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ Paul Mayhew-Archer Interview, Best British TV.
  4. ^ "Miranda: Production Details," British Comedy Guide.
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