Paul Mendelson

Paul Mendelson

Paul graduated from Cambridge with a double-first in law, which helped him not a jot at The Old Bailey or the family courts. It did perversely get him into the creative departments of some of our biggest ad agencies, where he stayed until puberty. A meeting over a spaghetti commercial with legendary director Nic Roeg led to the great Verity Lambert and his first BAFTA-nominated comedy series May to December, which ran for six years. This was followed by hit Jewish-mother-ghost comedy So Haunt Me and then his biggest hit My Hero, starring Ardal O’Hanlon as Thermoman. All Paul’s shows have been seen in over 70 countries and you’ll even catch them right now in Slovenia. Paul went a bit serious a few years ago to write the much acclaimed ITV drama Losing It, starring Martin Clunes as an adman who develops testicular cancer. Astonishingly men actually discovered tumours while watching it. Possibly a television first. Paul is also an accomplished dramatist for radio, having written several original plays, the long-running comedy series Snap and dramatised the classic Chief Inspector Dover novels, now beings developed for TV. He recently adapted CS Forester’s early London Noir crime novels and The African Queen, starring Toby Jones and Samantha Bond. Co-creating Dreamworks Animation’s Annie-nominated Neighbors From Hell in LA led to interest in his film work. He is developing several features, including Powercut which has been optioned by The Film Factory and A Meeting in Seville, a recent finalist in the prestigious Screencraft Comedy Contest in LA (in which he was also the first writer ever to have four scripts make the semi-finals). His family film Losing Arthur, another Screencraft finalist and based on his children’s novel, is now with a major US production company. Paul is currently developing projects with Sly Fox, DLT, NoHo and Kellem Productions(US) He has just completed his first novel for adults, In the Matter of Isabel, inspired by the case that persuaded him to give up law in the first place. www.paulmendelson.net

Writing – Television
Date Show Production Company Information
2016 PG DLT Sitcom in Development Creator
2016 Me, Myself and I Sly Fox Sitcom in Development Creator
2016 Hull on Wheels Sly Fox Comedy in Development Co-Creator
2012 Neighbors From Hell DreamWorks Animation/TBS Co-Creator
2010 Losing It Clerkenwell Films/ITV Single Drama Writer Televisual Awards Best Writer Nomination
2008 Bewitched Sony/BBC Comedy Pilot Co-Writer
2000-2007 My Hero BBC1 Sitcom Creator and Writer
2002 Under The Moon BBC Comedy Writer
1996-1992 So Haunt Me Cinema Verity/BBC1 Sitcom Creator And Writer
1994-1989 May To December Cinema Verity/BBC1 Sitcom Creator and Writer  Bafta Nominated Best Comedy Series
1992 Pigsty BBC Childrens Comedy Writer
Writing – Radio
Date Show Production Company Information Role
2015 The African Queen BBC Radio4 Saturday Play Dramatiser
2014 C.S. Forester’s London Noir BBC Radio4 Saturday Play Trilogy Dramatiser
2010-2014 The Dover Plays BBC Radio4 Saturday Play Dramatise
2011 I am I Said BBC Radio4 Afternoon Play Writer
2010 Fireworks at Villa Lucia BBC Radio4 Afternoon Play Writer
2009-2005 Snap BBC Radio4 Comedy Series Creator and Writer
2000 A Meeting in Seville BBC Radio4 Afternoon Play Writer
2999 May to December BBC Radio 4 Comedy Series Creator and Writer
1998 I Can’t be ill, I’m a hypochondriac BBC Radio4 Afternoon Play Writer
Writing – Film
Date Film Production Company Information Role
2016 Powercut The Film Factory Co-Writer
2015 Despicable Kellem Productions Co-Writer