Movers and Shakers Podcast
Paul Mayhew-Archer photographed at the Ladbroke Arms Pub where the podcast Movers and Shakers in recorded. Movers and Shakers is a podcast that finds six friends – Rory Cellan-Jones, Gillian Lacey-Solymar, Mark Mardell, Paul Mayhew-Archer, Sir Nicholas Mostyn, and Jeremy Paxman – gathered in a Notting Hill pub to discuss the realities of life with Parkinson's Disease. Paul Mayhew-Archer is a British writer, producer, script editor and actor for the BBC. He is best known as the co-writer of The Vicar of Dibley and Esio Trot alongside Richard Curtis. His solo writing career includes My Hero and Office Gossip, which he created. He was the script editor for 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.
Mayhew-Archer is also an amateur actor who has appeared in Drop the Dead Donkey and Mrs. Brown's Boys.
In October 2020, he was appointed MBE for services to people with Parkinson's disease and cancer. Before becoming a script writer for the BBC, 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, as well as for the first series of Miranda. 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. He also wrote An Actor's Life for Me, a situation comedy series on radio and television, which starred John Gordon Sinclair as a struggling young actor. Other significant radio credits of his include producing Radio