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, After Hours, 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 Vox Pictures for BBC Wales and S4C. It was made in both the English and Welsh languages. The Welsh language version is entitled, Un Bore Mercher (One Wednesday Morning).[2] In May 2018, during an interview with BBC Breakfast, Eve Myles (who stars as the eponymous 'Faith') said that Matthew Hall is writing the scripts for a second series.[3] Subsequently ‘Keeping Faith’ has been shown on BBC1, beginning Thursday, 10 July 2018, at 9pm.[4] Matthew Hall received a Welsh BAFTA for the series, as best writer, in 2018.[5]

CBC, together with Morwyn Brebner, is to make an eight-part series, Coroner, based on Hall's The Coroner series of books (the Jenny Cooper novels), and starring Serinda Swan as the titular character, to be aired in winter 2019, with production scheduled to begin in summer 2018.[6]


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.[7] 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.[8]

Jenny Cooper novels[edit]

  1. The Coroner (2009)[9]
  2. The Disappeared (2009)[9]
  3. The Redeemed (2011)[9]
  4. The Flight (2012)[9]
  5. The Chosen Dead (2013)[9]
  6. The Burning (2014)[9]
  7. A Life To Kill (2017)[9]
  8. The Innocent (2012) (Short story)[10]

Leo Black Novels

The Black Art of Killing (2018)[11]


Matthew Hall has tutored on writing crime fiction as a 'Guardian Masterclasses' event together with William Ryan (whose Captain Korolev Novels have been shortlisted for numerous awards).[12]


Hall is the son of Ian Hall, formerly a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra, and Rebecca Hughes-Hall.[13] He is married to Patricia Carswell, a freelance journalist.[14] They have two sons.[14] He lives in the village of Welsh Newton Common.[15]


BAFTA Cymru - Keeping Faith, Best Writer 2018 (winner)[5]

Crime Writers' Association - Gold Dagger 2012 (nomination for The Flight)[8]

Crime Writers' Association - Gold Dagger 2009 (nomination for The Coroner)[7]

RTS Midlands - Dalziel and Pascoe (Walls of Silence), Best Drama 2001 (winner, as writer)[16]

BAFTA - Wing and a Prayer, Best Drama Series 1997 (nomination, as writer/creator)[17]


  1. ^ Loving You (2003) TV Movie 24 February 2003 at, accessed 14 March 2018
  2. ^ "Keeping Faith (BBC Wales-S4C 2017, Eve Myles, Matthew Gravelle)". Memorable TV. 18 April 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  3. ^ Eve Myles - BBC Breakfast - Talking Keeping Faith 2nd May 2018 '8.5 million downloads'... 'Matthew Hall writing the scripts for 2nd series' BBC Breakfast extract on, accessed 2 May 218
  4. ^ Hello, boyos ...or how Eve Myles and a small-budget Welsh-language thriller became this year’s most surprising iPlayer sensation – as Event unravels the mysterious pulling power of Keeping Faith (now on prime-time TV), 7 July 2018, accessed 12 July 2018
  5. ^ a b "Keeping Faith wins big at Bafta Cymru awards in Cardiff". BBC News. 14 October 2018. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  6. ^ About the Show: CORONER, accessed 29 May 2018
  7. ^ a b "The CWA Gold Dagger 2009 'other shortlisted books...MR Hall: The Coroner (Pan Macmillan)' (Archived copy)". Archived from the original on 15 February 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  8. ^ a b "...the CWA Gold Dagger 2012... other books on the shortlist... The Flight, M.R. Hall, Mantle {Archived copy)". Archived from the original on 14 September 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g M R Hall (Matthew Hall) at, accessed 14 March 2018
  10. ^ The Innocent : A Coroner Jenny Cooper Crime Short EPUB by Matthew Hall at (bookshop), accessed 15 March 2018
  11. ^ Interview with Matthew Hall by DJ Forrest at, accessed 15 March 2018
  12. ^ Guardian Masterclasses: The essentials of writing crime fiction 'M.R. Hall is a Bafta-nominated screenwriter, producer and former criminal barrister... The Chosen Dead features... the trademark combination of intricate detail, perfect plotting, televisual narrative and flawed but believable characters.', 7 December 2014, accessed 16 March 2018
  13. ^ 'Ian Rex Hall Married Rebecca Hughes-Hall' at, Accessed 22 April 2018
  14. ^ a b 'Matthew Hall' at, Accessed 22 April 2018
  15. ^ Members of Welsh Newton Llanrothal Group Parish Council, including 'Cllr. Mr. Matthew Hall' at, Accessed 22 April 2018
  16. ^ Midland Centre: Best Drama October 2002 Walls of Silence- Dalziel & Pascoe, accessed 3 November 2018
  17. ^ Wing and a Prayer (TV Series)- Nominated for 'Best TV Series - Drama' 1998, accessed 3 November 2018

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