John Maidens is currently lead director for the new series 10 of Father Brown for BBC Studios and is returning to direct on the second series of the highly successful Sister Boniface Mysteries for BBC Studios and BritBox.

John is an award-winning UK-based writer/director with over 100 episodes of TV drama under his belt. Productions include, Doctors (BBC), Casualty (BBC), Holby City (BBC), Micah (C4), Father Brown (BBC), Shakespeare & Hathaway (BBC) and The Sister Boniface Mysteries (BBC/UKTV).

He recently 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.

He has also written, produced, and directed numerous factual, entertainment, documentary, and dramatized documentary programmes such as, The London Nail bomber (BBC), Seconds from Disaster (National Geographic), Stephen Lawrence – Justice for a murdered son (ITV1), The Philadelphia Experiment (BBC), Hero Animals (Channel5).

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

Bilaterally profoundly deaf from birth, John is a member of Directors UK and is co-chair of the DUK Disability Working Group. He is also member of the Royal Television Society (RTS) West of England Committee. John is also consultant Executive Producer for BSLBT.

John works closely with different writers and producers to develop projects featuring disabled and diverse talent, on and off-screen. He also mentors and supports young film-makers and directors. 

With a degree in Zoology & Oceanography, John loves the great outdoors. He has spent (too) many years hammering hills on mountain bikes, riding waves and exploring underwater reefs and shipwrecks across the world.