Chris was born in Australia (he has dual nationality), raised in North London but has lived in Yorkshire for almost his entire adult life.
He’s been a full-time professional writer since 1988, first in radio (his work has won a Writers’ Guild award along with two Sonys) before moving into television.
He’s now been a core writer on EastEnders since 1993 (over two hundred scripts), but has taken several breaks during that time to work for other long-running serials and to retain his enthusiasm for radio drama.
His best work usually explores psychologically complex relationships both at home and the workplace. It tends to deal with serious contemporary social and political issues, but Chris is firmly of the belief that such work finds its biggest and most attentive audience when the scripts are sharp, funny and above all, entertaining.
Television Drama Writing Credits:
1993 – present: EastEnders. Over 200 episodes including several specials.
2012: Young Dracula. Series 4, episode 10.
2005: The Golden Hour (90 min drama). Episode 3, Broadcast October 2005. Sony and Talkback Thames Co-production.
2004 – 05: The Bill. Four episodes.
2002 – 03: The Sanctuary. Produced by Belinda Campbell. Project drama series centred around Erin Pizzey’s women refuge.
2000 – 01: You’ve Never Had it so Good. 1950s drama about a father and daughter on the run from the law.
1999 – 2000: Screen 2 – The School. Producer Simon Curtis.
1999 – 2000: Scoop. Projected drama series for BBC Scotland.
1999 – 2000: Albion Hospital. Satire about the Heath Service for Channel 4.
1995 – 99: Casualty. Series 10, episode 17; Series 11, episode 15; Series 11, episode 23 and 26; Series 14, episode 18 (Millennium special).
1996: Accused. Two episodes.
1993 – 94: Coronation St. Storyline writer.
Radio Drama Writing Credits:
Series 3 and 4 of The Citadel were recently recorded. Series 3 will be broadcast on Radio 4 in July 2018, series 4 in January 2019.
2018: The Citadel, Series 3. The third series of the A J Cronin dramatisation. Broadcast on Radio 4.
2017: The Citadel, Series 1. A dramatisation of the A J Cronin novel. Broadcast on Radio 4. Produced by Gary Brown and Pauline Harris.
2017: Inappropriate Relationships. Broadcast on Radio 4, February and March 2017. Produced and directed by Sasha Yevteshenko and Toby Swift.
2013: The Confessions of Caminada. Starring George Costigan and Julia Ford. To be recorded September 2013 and broadcast later on in the year.
2012: Special Measures. A play about current educational policy broadcast in November 2012.
2011: The Thank You Present. Broadcast on Radio 3 in November 2011.
2011: Every Child Matters (45 min). This original radio play was broadcast in October 2010 on Radio 4, starring Sarah Lancashire and George Costigan, and went on to win the 2011 Sony Gold Award.
2009: This Repulsive Woman (45 min). An original radio play on Radio 4.
2008: The Good Soldier Svejk. A two-part adaptation of Jaroslav Hasek’s novel broadcast on Radio 4. Directed by Gary Brown.
2008: A Change of Heart (15 min). Radio short for the From Fact to Fiction strand on BBC Radio 4.
2007: A Second to Midnight (60 min) Friday Play.
2003: The Cooking Group (60 mins). Director Kate Rowland.
1998: The Final Furlong (45 mins). Monologue starring Bernard Cribbins. Director Martin Jenkins.
1993: The Pirates are Coming (90 mins) Director Peter Kavanagh.
1993: Madame Bovary (4×60 mins). Director Kay Patrick. Adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s novel.
1993: Over and Out (30 mins). Director John Yorke. (Radio 5)
1993: A Raging Fury (90 mins). Director Kate Rowland.
1992: Unreasonable Behaviour (90 mins). Director Marilyn Imrie. Winner of the Writers’ Guild Award, Best Original Radio Play prize.
1992: The Age of Innocence (6 x 30 mins). Director David Hunter. Adaptation of Edith Wharton’s novel.
1989: A Box of Chocolates (45 mins). Director Clive Brill. Monologue starring Prunella Scales. Later revived on stage by Fenella Fielding for Official Edinburgh Festival and at Kings Head, London.
1988 – 1991: Citizens. Bi-weekly radio serial. Fifty+ scripts. Multiple directors.
1988: The Girl of my Best Friend (90 mins). Director Clive Brill.
1987: News of the World (45 mins). Director Robert Cooper. Winner of Best Production prize at the 1988 Sony Radio Awards.
1986: A Meeting of Minds (60 mins). Director Robert Cooper.
1976 – 88: Musical Director, composer and lyricist. Countless productions for fringe, touring and repertory companies throughout the British Isles.
Theatre Drama Writing Credits:
Chris wrote a brand new piece for Aireville School in Skipton, North Yorkshire called, Mr Tunstill’s Men, which follows the story of a local group of ‘pals’ who joined the Duke of Wellington’s regiment at the beginning of WW1. Needless to say, the story does not end well.
October 2011: Error 404. For J.B. shorts 6 in Manchester.
2010: A Selfish Boy. An original short play. It was presented as part of the JB Shorts festival in Manchester, November 2010.