Writer for film and television

After several years as a successful writer for theatre, Chris Hurford joined the International Red Cross, working in conflict and disaster areas around the world. Since 2004 he has re-focused on his writing career. 

He has written for a number of television series with Tom Butterworth including Hustle, Ashes to Ashes, Doc Martin and Silent Witness, as well as Fortitude and Tin Star for Sky Atlantic. They also adapted Martin Amis’ Money for television and Molly Moon for film, and are currently working on a movie about the origins of the Holocaust for Cuba Pictures.

Chris Hurford has also written for The Loch, and is currently developing an original drama on the life of Mata Hari and Hitler's First Victims with Cuba Pictures.



Creator & Writer 

Original series set during the Blitz about gangsters in Soho co-created and co-written with Tom Butterworth

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
Loch Ness
1 x 60'

Thriller set around the shores of Loch Ness

ITV Studios
In development
Producer Madonna Baptiste
Director Mark Everest
  • Emilia Fox
  • Richard Lintern
  • David Caves
  • Liz Carr
  • Toby Wharton
  • Co-writing with Tom Butterworth on the crime drama series

    BBC Productions for BBC1
    Producer Sharon Bloom
    Director David Drury
  • Emilia Fox
  • David Caves
  • Richard Lintern
  • Liz Carr
  • Rob Compton
  • Chris co-wrote the two-part series finale with Tom Butterworth
    BBC Productions for BBC1
    Creator Simon Donald

    Second series of the Arctic thriller

    Fifty Fathoms for SKY Atlantic
    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 Gina Cronk
    Director Jon Jones
  • Andrew Buchan
  • Polly Dartford
  • Trixiebell Harrowell
  • Jack Huston
  • Historical drama set during the Great Fire of London in 1666 co-written with Tom Butterworth

    ITV Studios for ITV 1
    1 x 60'

    Co-written with Tom Butterworth for Armstrong and Miller

    Toff Media
    In development
    Producer Philippa Braithwaite
  • Eileen Atkins
  • Caroline Catz
  • Martin Clunes
  • John Marquez
  • Two episodes of the medical comedy drama series
    Buffalo Pictures for ITV
    Director Jeremy Lovering
  • Nick Frost
  • Vincent Kartheiser
  • Emma Pierson
  • Nathan Stewart-Jarret
  • Adaptation of Martin Amis' 1980's novel of the same name
    BBC for BBC2
    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 Award
    Series 3, Episode 5
    Producer Howard Burch
    Director Jamie Payne
  • Philip Glennister
  • Keeley Hawes
  • British science fiction and police drama series
    Kudos for BBC1
    Modern reworking of Alexandre Dumas' novel
    Cliffhanger Productions
    In development
    Producer Kerry Appleyard
    Director Julian Simpson
  • Matt di Angelo
  • Adrian Lester
  • Television drama about a group of con artists
    Kudos for BBC1
    BBC Independents/Ten Alps Drama
    In development
    In development
    Carlton TV
    In development
    In development
    Watermark Films
    In development



    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 Tom Butterworth

    Amber Entertainment



    Producer Red Rose Theatre
    Director Matt Bryson
    Producer Red Rose Theatre/Edinburgh Festival
    Director Paul Woodward
    Producer Edinburgh Fringe Festival/German Tour
    Director Tom Butterworth
    Producer The Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh/Tour
    Director Julian Murphy
    Producer The Union Chapel Project
    Director Alison Hodge