Joanne Lau


Joanne Lau is a former neuroscientist/comedian, and an alumna of the BBC Writersroom Comedy Room and BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017. She’s been a finalist for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum (TV Drama), Royal Court Theatre/Kudos Writing Fellowship, Cinequest Teleplay 60, and Funny Women Awards.

Joanne’s has several original projects in development and her produced credits span TV, theatre, radio, and film, and include: Silverpoint (CBBC), Theodosia (HBO Max), Ted’s Top Ten (CTIV), Big Tree City (Netflix), The Kentucky Meat Shower (Sphinx 30/New Earth Theatre), Worth (New Earth Theatre), Love by Numbers (Routledge Anthology of Short Plays with Great Roles for Women), Drop the Dead Panda (BBC Radio 4), Sketchtopia (BBC Radio 4), and Misguided Meditations (BBC Radio 4).

Prior to writing full-time, Joanne spent 15 years in academic neuroscience research working on pain disorders, brain tumours, and other ways your nervous system can go horribly wrong. She solved exactly none of those things.


In Development:

Dead Smart - Brock Media

The Fictional Man - The Forge/Sky

Limehouse - DCM

The Christmas Party - Sprout Pictures

Cleopatra Wong - Ink Factory

Anyone Seen Max? - Saltbeef

Specs - Lupus/AppleTV

Television and Film:

Ted's Top Ten - Zodiak Kids/CITV

Silverpoint - Zodiak Kids/CBBC

Partytown - Black Dog Television/ITV2

Music Time - Moonbug/Netflix

Theodosia - Cottonwood - HBO Max

Don't Blame Me, Blame My Brain - Screen Glue/CBBC

Big Tree City - Blue Zoo/Netflix

Hey You What If? - Screen Glue/CBBC

Kit and Pup - CBeebies

Class Dismissed - CBBC


The Kentucky Meat Shower - Sphinx Theatre/New Earth Theatre

Tuesday At The Library - Moongate Productions/Omnibus Theatre

Worth - New Earth Theatre

Love By Numbers - Little Pieces of Gold


Sketchtopia - BBC Radio 4

Drop The Dead Panda - BBC Radio 4

Misguided Meditations - BBC Radio 4


Barbie Vlogs - Mattel

Creating Apart - Exit Pursued by Panda/Arts Council

East Asian Shorts - BBC Online


Sphinx 30 Programme - Writer 2020-21

Royal Court Theatre/Kudos Fellowship - Shortlist 2019

Yellow Earth Professional Writers Programme - Writer 2017-19

Canneseries/MIPTV In Development - Finalist 2018

Felix Dexter Bursary - Shortlist 2017

BBC New Talent Hotlist - Writer 2017

Cinequest Teleplay 60 - Finalist 2017

BBC Writersroom Comedy Room - Finalist 2015

Funny Women Comedy Writing Award - Finalist 2014

Sitcom Mission - Finalist 2014