John Maidens has recently completed directing for Call The Midwife. Currently in post-production on the new series of Waterloo Road.

Bilaterally profoundly deaf from birth, John is an award-winning UK-based director with over 100 episodes of TV drama under his belt. Productions include; Call the Midwife (BBC), Waterloo Road (BBC), Father Brown (BBC), Shakespeare & Hathaway (BBC) and The Sister Boniface Mysteries (Britbox America / UKTV Drama), Casualty (BBC), Holby City (BBC), Micah (C4), and Doctors (BBC).

He directed a critically acclaimed BAFTA and RTS-winning Casualty ‘Jade’ Special which was also a finalist in the Rose D’Or and Broadcast Now Awards.

With a background as a Producer/Director in BBC Specialist Factual and Documentaries, he has delivered serious crime documentaries and drama-documentaries including; The London Nailbomber (BBC), Trail of Guilt (BBC), Norway Massacre – I was there (National Geographic / Darlow Smithson), Stephen Lawrence, Justice for a murdered son (ITV1), The Philadelphia Experiment (BBC).

Other award-winning productions include the Peabody-winning interactive drama-documentary, Casualty@HolbyCity for the BBC DoNation season, the RTS Best Fiction for the short film, Caterpillar funded by the UK Film Council, and the Deaffest Film Festival Best Screenwriter award for Drama-Documentary, Dot, commissioned by the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust (BSLBT).

For years, John has pushed to involve deaf, disabled talent in all of his productions. He works closely with writers and producers to develop projects to include deaf, and disabled talent, both on and off-screen. He is an active Directors UK member and a consultant Executive Producer for BSLBT for whom he mentors and supports deaf and disabled directors. 

With a degree in Zoology & Oceanography from Swansea University, John loves exploring the great outdoors, be it on a mountain bike, paddleboard, or, scuba diving!