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Charlie Swinbourne

About Charlie Swinbourne

Charlie Swinbourne is an RTS award-winning screenwriter and director. His work spans drama, comedy and documentary, with a strong interest in deaf culture and sign language. Charlie is currently developing two series’ with West Road Pictures, HEAR NO EVIL and THE BUNKER; and has another original series in development with Water and Power.

His credits include episodes of Jimmy McGovern’s MOVING ON, CASUALTY, PRINCESS MIRROR-BELLE. The special episode of Casualty which Charlie co-wrote was nominated for a Rose D’Or award. Charlie also developed a long-term storyline for EASTENDERS which led to the arrival of the show’s first deaf character,  and the concept for the  ‘silent’ episode, which he worked as Story Consultant on.

Charlie’s previous writing credits include the award-winning half hour dramas MY SON and DEPARTURE LOUNGE (BSL Zone/Film4) mockumentary HANDS SOLO (104 Films/UK Film Council), the mini-series THE FINGERSPELLERS (BSL Zone/Film4) and short comedies THE KISS and COMING OUT.  In 2018, Charlie won the RTS Yorkshire Writer award for his innovative six-part sketch show DEAF FUNNY. Charlie also mentored three emerging deaf writers who wrote additional material for the series. Charlie wrote four episodes of a sitcom called FOUR DEAF YORKSHIREMEN, following four grumpy and argumentative deaf pensioners, performed in BSL. The series highlights the physicality and warmth of sign language comedy.

In Development

    • Production
    • Company
    • Notes
    • SILENT CITY
    • Water and Power
    • Original series
    • THE BUNKER
    • West Road Pictures
    • Original series
    • HEAR NO EVIL
    • West Road Pictures
    • Original series

TV

    • Production
    • Company
    • Notes
    • WATERLOO ROAD
    • BBC
    • Episode 5, series 14
    • FOUR DEAF YORKSHIREMEN
    • Mutt and Jeff Pictures
    • Comedy series
    • MOVING ON
    • BBC
    • Episode 5, series 12
    • CASUALTY
    • BBC
    • Nominated for a Rose D’Or award
    • PRINCESS MIRROR-BELLE
    • BBC
    • DEAF FUNNY
    • Won the RTS Yorkshire Writer award

Film

    • Production
    • Company
    • Notes
    • MY SONG
    • Short film
    • HANDS SOLO
    • Short film
    • THE KISS
    • Short film