Tom Butterworth

Writer for film and television
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Tom Butterworth is a writer for film and television, who was behind the award-winning Mojo (which he wrote with his brother Jez), and the dark comedy Birthday Girl, starring Nicole Kidman.

Since 2007, he has been writing with Chris Hurford. Together they have written on a number of television series including Ashes to Ashes, and the final two part episode for series 18 of Silent Witness.

They are currently working on the second series of Fortitude for Fifty Fathoms and Sky Atlantic and the major new series Tin Star for Kudos and Sky. They are also developing their original drama The Few, about gangsters in Soho set during the Second World War.



Creator & Writer


Original series set during the Blitz and following gangsters in Soho co-created and co-written with Chris Hurford

In development

Writer & Creator

10 x 60'

New series co-created with Jez Butterworth set in Britain during the Roman invasion

Vertigo Films
In development


Tin Star
3 x 60'
Creator Rowan Joffe

Crime series set in a remote mountain town filled with migrant oil workers

Kudos Film and Television for Sky Atlantic
In development
Creator Simon Donald

Second series of the Arctic thriller

Fifty Fathoms for Sky Atlantic
In development
Producer Madonna Baptiste
Director Mark Everest
  • Emilia Fox
  • Richard Lintern
  • David Caves
  • Liz Carr
  • Toby Wharton

    Co-writing with Chrus Hurford on the crime drama

    BBC Productions for BBC1
    2 x 60’
    Producer Patrick Spence
  • Richard Dormer
  • Christopher Eccleston
  • Michael Gambon
  • Sofie Grabol
  • Stanley Tucci

    12 part drama set in the Arctic

    Tiger Aspect for Sky Atlantic
    Producer Sharon Bloom
    Director David Drury
  • Emilia Fox
  • David Caves
  • Richard Lintern
  • Liz Carr
  • Rob Compton
    Tom co-wrote the two-part series finale with Chris Hurford
    BBC Productions for BBC1
    Producer Gina Cronk
    Director Jon Jones
  • Andrew Buchan
  • Polly Dartford
  • Trixiebell Harrowell
  • Jack Huston

    Historical drama set during the Great Fire of London in 1666

    ITV Studios for ITV
    1 x 60'

    Co-written with Chris Hurford for Armstrong and Miller

    In development
    Producer Philippa Braithwaite
    Director Ben Bolt
  • Eileen Atkins
  • Caroline Catz
  • Martin Clunes
  • John Marquez

    Two episodes of the medical comedy drama series 

    Buffalo Pictures for ITV
    1 x 90'
    Producer Ben Evans
    Director Jeremy Lovering
  • Nick Frost
  • Vincent Kartheiser
  • Emma Pierson
  • Nathan Stewart-Jarret
    Adaptation of Martin Amis' 1980's novel of the same name
    BBC Productions for BBC 2
    Modern adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel
    In Development
    Ashes to Ashes: Series 3, Episode 5
    Nominated for Writer's Guild Best TV Drama Series, 2010
    1 x 60'
    Producer Howard Burch
    Director Jamie Payne
  • Philip Glennister
  • Keeley Hawes
    British science fiction and police drama series
    Kudos Film and Television for BBC1
    Modern reworking of Alexandre Dumas' novel
    Cliffhanger Productions
    In Development
    Producer Kerry Appleyard
    Director Julian Simpson
  • Adrian Lester
  • Robert Glenister
  • Matt Di Angelo
    Television drama about a group of con artists
    Kudos Film and Television for BBC 1



    Producer Ileen Maisel
    Director Christopher N. Rowley
  • Joan Collins
  • Anne-Marie Duff
  • Sadie Frost
  • Dominic Monaghan

    Adaptation of the book by Georgia Byng co-written with Chris Hurford

    Amber Entertainment
    Director David Giles
  • Roger Alborough
  • Linal Haft
  • Sion Tudor Owen
  • Tat Whalley
    Carlton Television
    Producer Roger Brown
    Director Marc Munden
  • Jason Durr
  • Sean Gallagher
  • Henry Goodman
  • Hans Matheson
    Film Four
    World Productions
    Producer Eric Abraham
    Director Jez Butterworth
  • Ewan Bremner
  • Aiden Gillen
  • Ian Hart
  • Ricky Tomlinson

    Film adaptation of Jez Butterworth's play about a double-dealer who jeopardizes the lives of a 1950s London rock star and his entourage

    Channel Four Films
    Mojo Films
    Director Jez Butterworth
  • Vincent Cassel
  • Ben Chaplin
  • Kate Lynn Evans
  • Mathieu Kassovitz

    Feature film about a mail order bride

    Miramax Films
    Mirage Enterprises
    Producer Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner
    Director Beeban Kidron
  • Cillian Murphy
  • Sienna Miller
  • Chris O'Dowd
    An account of counterculturalist Richard Neville's misadventures in London at the end of the 1960s
    Universal Pictures
    Working Title
    Feature film adaptation of the Ken Follett book
    Universal Pictures
    Dino De Laurentiis Productions
    In development
    Producer Various
    Director Doug Lefler
  • Colin Firth
  • Ben Kingsley
  • Kevin McKidd
    Feature film based on the Italian novel of the same name
    The Weinstein Company
    Dino de Laurentiis Company