Jeremy Sandford (5 December 1930 – 12 May 2003) was an English television screenwriter who came to prominence in 1966 with Cathy Come Home, his controversial entry in BBC1's The Wednesday Play anthology strand which was directed by Ken Loach. Later, in 1971, he wrote another successful one-off, Edna, the Inebriate Woman for The Wednesday Play's successor series Play for Today.
Sandford was born in London and brought up at Eye Manor in Herefordshire, home of his father, Christopher Sandford, who was the owner of the Golden Cockerel Press. His mother was Lettice Sandford. Sandford was educated at Eton followed by New College, Oxford, where he read English. During National Service, he was a Royal Air Force bandsman. He married heiress Nell Dunn in 1957. They gave up their smart Chelsea home and went to live in unfashionable Battersea where they joined and observed the lower strata of society, and from this experience he published the play Cathy Come Home in 1963, and his wife, Nell, wrote Up the Junction.
In 1968, Sandford won a Jacob's Award for the TV production of Cathy Come Home.
Sandford became interested in gypsy causes and for a time edited their news sheet, Romano Drom (Gypsy Road). He travelled the country seeking out gypsy stories, published as The Gypsies, and later reissued as Rokkering to the Gorjios (Talking to the non-Gypsies).
Jeremy Sandford and his wife Nell Dunn were divorced in 1979 after having had three sons together.
- Hayward, Anthony (2003-05-15). "Obituaries - Jeremy Sandford - Writer of 'Cathy Come Home'". The Independent. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
- Obituary, The Times, London, 15 May 2003 p39.
- "Jeremy Sandford", Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press
- Memorial page to Jeremy Sandford
- Jeremy Sandford at the Internet Movie Database
- fanclub with lots of his unpublished writings
- Obituary in The Telegraph