Melissa Hogenboom is a multi award-winning film-maker and leader at the BBC where she launched and leads the documentary site BBC Reel. Her first book, The Motherhood Complex, was released in May 2021 by Piatkus, Little, Brown (Hachette).

She has written hundreds of articles, made short and long-form films for broadcast and digital, and has reported for radio and TV.

Selected work

Split at birth: Twins Divided

The strange idea that we are not in control of our minds

A Mother’s Brain

The part of my dad that dementia can’t take

How did the last Neanderthals live? 

Latest News

My book is out now. Click here to order.

BBC Reel, my team has won several recent industry awards, including best video team from the Drum Awards and Six Telly Awards, including Gold for my documentary series: Do we have free will? A Mother’s Brain is now double Webby award winning (2022).

Split at birth is now Webby nominated

Check out my latest films:

-A Mother’s Brain
-How identical twins reveal the truth about our nature
A two part series on the science of happiness
-The physics of the end of the world
How can we truly understand what’s real?

My Book

The Motherhood Complex is published by Piatkus, Little, Brown (Hachette) in the UK.

The Dutch translation of my book is out now – have a peek here.

I have launched an evidence-based parenting/motherhood newsletter – sign up here.

Read my BBC feature on the ‘mental load’.

“If this is the kind of eccentric cultural mini-doc BBC Reel is hoping to specialise in, it should be applauded.

The Times (writing about ‘The Beautiful Dead’)

A welcome, refreshing and clear-eyed look at the twenty-first century expectations of motherhood .”

Gina Ripon – author of The Gendered Brain

Get in Touch

I am represented by Catherine Cho at Paper Literacy.

For personal queries contact me here.