Matthew Hall (writer)

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Matthew Hall (born 1 May 1967) is a British screenwriter and novelist. He is sometimes credited as M. R. Hall.


Hall was educated at Hereford Cathedral School and Worcester College, Oxford (1985–88) where he graduated in law. He was called to the Bar in 1990 and practised as a barrister at 5, King's Bench Walk before becoming a full-time writer in 1995.

Screenwriting career[edit]

He began his television career writing episodes of Kavanagh QC. In 1996/7 he created and wrote the legal series Wing and a Prayer which ran for two seasons and was the first drama production aired by the newly formed Channel 5. The series was nominated for a BAFTA in the best TV series category in 1997.

Hall's other screen credits include episodes of BBC1's Dalziel and Pascoe, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Life Support and Holby City. ITV credits include episodes of A&E, Foyle's War, Blue Murder and the 2003 television film Loving You.[1] He was the co-creator and lead writer of the BBC1 series New Street Law which aired in 2006/7.

Hall created and wrote the eight part TV series 'Keeping Faith' produced in 2017 by BBC Wales and S4C.[2]


Hall's first novel, The Coroner, was published by PanMacmillan in 2009. His second novel, The Disappeared, was published in January 2010 in the UK and in December 2009 in the US. The Coroner was shortlisted for the Crime Writer's Association Gold Dagger awarded to the best crime novel of 2009.[3] His third novel, The Redeemed, is published by PanMacmillan in April 2011. His fourth novel, The Flight, was shortlisted for the Crime Writer's Association Gold Dagger in 2012.[4]

Jenny Cooper novels[edit]

  1. The Coroner (2009)[5]
  2. The Disappeared (2009)[5]
  3. The Redeemed (2011)[5]
  4. The Flight (2012)[5]
  5. The Chosen Dead (2013)
  6. The Burning (2014)
  7. A Life To Kill (2017)
  8. The Innocent (2012) (Short story)


Hall is the son of Ian Hall, formerly a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Rebecca Hughes-Hall. He is married to Patricia Carswell, a freelance journalist. They have two sons. He lives in the village of Welsh Newton Common.


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  2. ^ "Keeping Faith (BBC Wales-S4C 2017, Eve Myles, Matthew Gravelle)". Memorable TV. 18 April 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 September 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-12. 
  5. ^ a b c d

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