Chris Lang

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Chris Lang
Chris Lang, publicity photo.png
Lang in 2014
Born 1961 (age 55–56)
Peckham, London, England
Occupation Screenwriter, television producer
Nationality British
Period 1993–present
Notable works Amnesia (2004)
Torn (2007)
A Mother's Son (2012)
Undeniable (2014)
Unforgotten (2015—)

Chris Lang (born 1961) is a British television writer, actor and producer.



Lang has written for many British television series but is best known as the writer, creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed Unforgotten. The first series starred Nicola Walker, Trevor Eve, Sir Tom Courtenay, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Bernard Hill.[8] and was first broadcast in Autumn 2015. Sir Tom Courtenay later won the 2016 BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor for his role,[1] 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.[2] In November 2015, ITV announced it would be returning for a second series.[3] Alongide Walker and Bhaskar, series two starred Mark Bonnar, Rosie Cavaliero, Lorraine Ashbourne, Adeel Akhtar, Wendy Craig, Bill Patterson, Douglas Hodge and Badria Timmimi. It aired in January 2017 to an audience of 7.29 million,[4] with the Daily Telegraph describing the series as 'The detective drama of the decade'.[5] In March 2017, ITV announced Unforgotten would return for a third series, to be broadcast in 2018.[6]

Lang has written many other British television series including - Undeniable starring Peter Firth and Claire Goose,[7] (April 2014); which was remade in France in February 2017, entitled Quand je serai grande, je te tuerai. Filmed on the Île de Ré it will broadcast in France in late 2017.[8] A Mother's Son starring Hermione Norris, Paul McGann and Martin Clunes (September 2012) which was nominated for a Broadcast Award,[9] and adapted as a single film for TF1 in France called Tu Es Mon Fils (April 2015) and starring Anne Marivin;[10] Tu Es Mon fils later won best single film at the Polar de Cognac Film Festival.[11] Lang's series Torn, starring Holly Aird and Nicola Walker, was nominated for an RTS award.[12] and was also remade for French TV as Entre Deux Mères. It was shown at the Luchon Film and TV festival[13] and scheduled for broadcast on TF1 on 27 March 2017.

Lang began his career as a television writer with The Bill, for which he wrote many episodes, and for which he won a Writer's Guild award. He went on to write episodes for shows including Casualty, Soldier Soldier, The Knock, Reach for the Moon, The Palace, POW, Primeval, Hustle and most recently The Tunnel for Sky Atlantic. In 2001, he wrote and created his first original drama series The Glass, which starred John Thaw and Sarah Lancashire.[14] Since then some of his other original work has included Sirens, Unconditional Love, Amnesia (which was nominated for an Edgar Award),[15] Lawless, and The Reckoning.

In 2007, he co-formed TXTV through which he now makes much of his original drama, and through which he co-created, wrote and executive produced ‘Innocent’, a four part thriller starring Lee Ingleby, Hermione Norris, Nigel Lindsay and Angel Coulby.[16] It is scheduled to broadcast in the autumn of 2017.


He trained at RADA, graduating in 1983, after winning the Royal Academy award for 'A Series of Outstanding Performances in the Vanbrugh Theatre'. As an actor he worked on such British television series as Shadow of the Noose, Drop the Dead Donkey, Outside Edge, A Dance to the Music of Time and All Along the Watchtower. In his youth, he formed a comedy revue called The Jockeys of Norfolk with Andy Taylor and Hugh Grant.[17] but stopped acting in the late nineties in order to fully concentrate on his writing career.

Selected work[edit]

  • Unforgotten (ITV Studios/Mainstreet Pictures, 2015–present)
  • Undeniable (TXTV, 2014)
  • A Mother's Son (ITV Studios 2012)
  • Torn (TXTV, 2007)
  • Lawless (Company Pictures, 2004)
  • Amnesia (Ecosse Films, 2004)

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "2016 Television Supporting Actor | BAFTA Awards". Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  2. ^ "BPG Awards 2016 – Television nominations". Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  3. ^ "ITV commissions a second series of Unforgotten". "ITV Press Centre". Retrieved 2015-12-21. 
  4. ^ "Weekly top 30 programmes | BARB". Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  5. ^ "Death to serial killer thrillers: why the gently subversive Unforgotten is the best detective drama of the decade". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  6. ^ "ITV confirms Unforgotten will return for a third series". RadioTimes. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  7. ^ Digital Spy article on "Undeniable"
  8. ^ (2017-01-31). "TF1 adapte (encore) deux miniséries étrangères". TVMag (in French). Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  9. ^ 2013 Broadcast Awards shortlist
  10. ^ "Tu Es Mon Fils". 23 February 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "La fiction de TF1 "Tu es mon fils" récompensée au Festival du Polar de Cognac" (in French). Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  12. ^ 2007 Royal Television Society Awards nominations Archived 21 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "ENTRE DEUX MERES - Festival des créations télévisuelles de Luchon - NEW". (in French). Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  14. ^ "Guardian review of The Glass"
  15. ^ 2005 Edgar Awards nominees
  16. ^ "Hermione Norris and Lee Ingleby lead the cast of new ITV drama Innocent". "ITV Press Centre". Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  17. ^ "Andy Taylor's account of The Jockeys of Norfolk"
  18. ^ "BAFTA TV Awards 2016: Unforgotten's Tom Courtenay wins Best Supporting Actor". RadioTimes. Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  19. ^ "Broadcast Awards Shortlist 2013 revealed". Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  20. ^ "Programme Awards Winners 2008 | Royal Television Society". Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  21. ^ "Category List – Best TV Feature or MiniSeries | Edgars Database". Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  22. ^ Wing and a Prayer, 1997-09-22, retrieved 2016-05-10 

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