|Occupation||Screenwriter and television producer.|
|Genre||Drama, adventure, science fiction|
Matthew Graham is a British television writer, and the co-creator of the BBC/Kudos Film and Television science fiction series Life on Mars, which debuted in 2006 on BBC One and has received international critical acclaim.
Graham began his career writing for the soap opera EastEnders and the children's drama Byker Grove, both for BBC One. In the 1990s, he wrote for the popular BBC Two drama series This Life, and created and wrote the post-apocalyptic drama serial The Last Train for ITV. He has also written episodes for Spooks and Hustle, and he wrote "Fear Her", an episode of the 2006 series of Doctor Who.
Ashes to Ashes, a Life on Mars spin-off which he co-created with Life on Mars writer/co-creator Ashley Pharoah, was first broadcast on BBC One on 8 January 2008, to an audience of 7 million, according to overnight figures. In the US, ABC commissioned a remake of Life on Mars, also to be called Life on Mars, developed by David E. Kelley, creator of Ally McBeal, for broadcast in the 2007/08 midseason.
In 2006, Graham formed Monastic Productions with Pharoah (co-creator of Life on Mars). Monastic Productions are involved in the Life on Mars spin-off Ashes to Ashes, as well as in co-producing Bonekickers, a 6-part drama series about archaeology set in Bath. Both series are productions for BBC One. Bonekickers was not renewed after the first series, but Ashes to Ashes completed its third and final series in May 2010.
In November 2010, Graham announced the production of a new television series co-created with Pharoah for ITV. Eternal Law tells the story of two angels who are sent to Earth to assist in the salvation of mankind as lawyers in a York law firm. He also confirmed that he would be returning to the world of Doctor Who in 2011, writing the fifth and sixth episodes of the sixth series, a two-part story entitled "The Rebel Flesh" and "The Almost People".
4 episodes (1996–1997):
|The Last Train||
|Reach for the Moon||
|EastEnders: Return of Nick Cotton||
|The Gentleman Thief||
|Walk Away and I Stumble||
|Life on Mars||
|Ashes to Ashes||
|Doctor Who||BBC One|
Awards and nominations
|1997||Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award||This Life||TV - Original Drama Serial (with Richard Zajdlic, Mark Davies Markham, Joe Ahearne, Ian Iqbal Rashid, Amelia Bullmore, Eirene Houston, Annie Caulfield, Jimmy Gardner and William Gaminara)||Won|
|2006||TV Quick Awards||Life on Mars||Best New Drama (with Tony Jordan and Ashley Pharoah)||Nominated|
|2007||British Academy Television Awards||Best Writer||Nominated|
|2007||Broadcasting Press Guild Awards||Writer's Award (with Tony Jordan and Ashley Pharoah)||Won|
|2007||TV Quick Awards||Best Loved Drama (with Tony Jordan and Ashley Pharoah)||Nominated|
|2007||Edgar Allan Poe Awards||Life on Mars: "Episode 1"||Best Television Episode Teleplay||Won|
|2007||Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award||Life on Mars: Series 2||Soap/Series (TV) (with Chris Chibnall, Mark Greig, Ashley Pharoah, Guy Jenkin, Tony Jordan and Julie Rutterford)||Nominated|
|2008||Banff Rockie Award||Life on Mars: "Episode 8"||Best Continuing Series (with S. J. Clarkson)||Nominated|
|2008||Cinéma Tous Ecrans||Ashes to Ashes||Audience Award for Best International Television Series (with Ashley Pharoah)||Won|
|2008||Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award||Television Drama Series (with Ashley Pharoah, Mark Greig, Julie Rutterford and Mick Ford)||Nominated|
|2010||TRIC Awards||TV Crime Programme (with Tony Jordan and Ashley Pharoah)||Nominated|
|2010||TV Quick Awards||Best Drama Series (with Ashley Pharoah)||Won|
|2010||Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award||Television Drama Series (with Ashley Pharoah, Julie Rutterford, Tom Butterworth, Chris Hurford, Jack Lothian and James Payne)||Nominated|
|2011||TRIC Awards||TV Drama Programme of the Year (with Ashley Pharoah)||Nominated|
|2011||SFX Awards||Ashes to Ashes: "Finale"||Best TV Episode (with David Drury)||Won|
|2011||Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award||Doctor Who||Best Television Drama Series (with Steven Moffat, Richard Curtis, Stephen Thompson, Gareth Roberts and Neil Gaiman)||Nominated|
- Ashes burns up the opposition, The Guardian, 8 February 2008
- Official website
- Matthew Graham at the Internet Movie Database
- Radio Wiltshire interview with Matthew Graham
- Participant in the Café of Ideas creative community based in Bath, UK
- Matthew Graham Interview with Best British TV