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Annalisa Dinnella



Emily Hickman

Annalisa is a screenwriter, radio playwright and presenter. She is also really quite blind (she has 5% vision). Earlier this year, she wrote and presented a piece of comedy journalism called ANNALISA IS AWKWARD about disability and awkwardness for BBC Radio 4 which was described as “delightful” by Miranda Sawyer and “brilliant” by Grayson Perry. She also performs stand up comedy, most recently at The Battersea Arts Centre and is part of Soho Theatre’s Comedy Lab. Annalisa is also part of 4Screenwriting 2020.

Her first radio play, THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (starring Tom Hughes and Susan Lynch) was nominated for the 2016 Imison Award at the BBC Audio Awards. In 2019, she worked with Alison Steadman and Cariad Lloyd for her second BBC Afternoon Play, SICK, a ‘vom com’ produced by Sweet Talk Productions. Also this year, THE DEAD DAD SHOW, her radio monologue, was selected by BBC Writersroom and BBC Radio 3 for commission as part of their Music Monologues series.

Outside radio, she has had an original feature screenplay in development with Lionsgate UK and is developing her own podcast series with Loftus Media. Annalisa began her career as a producer and director of historical and current affairs documentaries. Credits include GELDOF ON MARRIAGE for Channel 4 and WORLD WAR ONE IN COLOUR with Kenneth Branagh.


THE DEAD DAD SHOW BBC Radio 3 / The Essay
Original drama starring Joseph Ayres, directed by Marc Beeby
TX: 11th June 2019
Sunday Times Culture Pick Of the Day (9th June 2019)

SICK Sweet Talk Productions/ BBC Radio 4
Original radio play starring Alison Steadman and Cariad Lloyd
TX: 22nd February 2019

Radio documentary
TX: 18th January 2019
Annalisa and comedians Jess Thom, Cariad Lloyd and Bethany Black try and fail to come to grips with the slippery social phenomenon that is awkwardness.

THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH Sweet Talk Productions / Radio 4
Original radio play starring Tom Hughes and Susan Lynch
TX 6th November 2014
*Radio Times Critics Choice
*Nominated for Imison Award 2016 

DARK MATTERS Series 1 and 2 Wide-Eyed Entertainment / Discovery Channel
13 x 60’ drama-doc series
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