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Chris Lang


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Chris Lang is the writer and producer of over one hundred hours of prime time British drama. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, leaving in 1983 to work at Nottingham Playhouse for six months. There he met fellow actor Hugh Grant, and the two of them formed a comedy writing partnership (later joined by fellow Rada student Andy Taylor) called The Jockeys of Norfolk, who enjoyed great success at the Edinburgh Festival, and who went on to star in their own TV comedy showcase.

Lang then moved into writing for other comedians, including Jack Dee, Jonathan Ross and Smith and Jones before turning to drama in the early nineties. He cut his teeth on prime time staples such as The Bill ( picking up a Writer’s Guild award along the way) Casualty, Soldier Soldier and The Knock, before creating his first original drama for ITV in 2000, The Glass, starring John Thaw and Sarah Lancashire.

Since then he has contributed many episodes to existing shows like Sky Atlantic’s The Tunnel and has written and created over sixty hours of original prime time drama, including Torn (nominated for an RTS award), Amnesia (nominated for an Edgar) and A Mother’s Son (nominated for a Broadcast Award).

In 2015 he created, wrote and co-executive produced Unforgotten starring Nicola Walker, Sir Tom Courtenay, Bernard Hill, Gemma Jones, Trevor Eve and Sanjeev Baskar. It premiered on October 8th 2015 to 7.5 million viewers and wide critical acclaim. Sir Tom Courtenay later won the 2016 BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor for his role, and was nominated for a Royal Television Society award for his performance, while Nicola Walker was nominated at the Broadcasting Press Guild awards for best actress.

The show was recommissioned for a second season and broadcast in January 2017. Once again it starred Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Baskar, alongside Mark Bonnar, Rosie Cavaliero, Douglas Hodge, Bill Patterson, Lorraine Ashbourne, Wendy Craig, Badria Timini, Adil Aktar and Holly Aird. The first episode aired to an audience of 7.3 million and universal critical acclaim, with the Daily Telegraph later asking if Unforgotten was ‘The detective drama of the decade. In March 2017, it was confirmed the characters would return for a third series to air in 2018.

In 2007 he co-formed TXTV with Matt Arlidge and Jeremy Gwilt, through which he now makes much of his original drama, and through which he shot Innocent, a four part thriller starring Lee Ingleby, Hermione Norris, Nigel Lindsay and Angel Coulby.

Several of Lang’s dramas have also been remade in France, including Tu Es Mon Fils, which was nominated for the POLAR Cognac awards, Entre Deux Mères, which was selected for the Luchon film and TV festival, and Quand Je Serai Grande Je te Tuerai, which filmed in March 2017 on the Île de Ré and was broadcast on TFI later the same year.

Lang has talked at, amongst other institutions, The London Film Academy, Bournemouth University, Chichester University, and BAFTA.

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