Matthew Hall (writer)

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Matthew Hall (born 1 May 1967) is a 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

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.

Together with the screenwriter and novelist G. F. Newman he founded the production company One Eyed Dog, most notable for producing Judge John Deed for BBC1.


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 USA. The Coroner was shortlisted for the Crime Writer's Association Gold Dagger awarded to the best crime novel of 2009.[2] 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.[3]

Jenny Cooper novels

  1. The Coroner (2009)[4]
  2. The Disappeared (2009)[5]
  3. The Redeemed (2011)[6]
  4. The Flight (2012)[7]
  5. The Chosen Dead (2013)
  6. The Burning (2014)
  7. The Last Post (2016)
  8. The Innocent (2012) (Short story)


Hall is the son of classical musician Ian Rex Hall formerly of the Philharmonia Orchestra and writer Rebecca Hughes-Hall. He is married to Patricia Carswell daughter of The Rt Hon The Lord Carswell a retired Law Lord and former Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, and Lady Carswell, a former Lord Lieutenant of Belfast. They have two sons.

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