Nick Hurran

Director for film and television
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Biography

Nick Hurran is a director for film and television whose work includes the hugely successful, BAFTA winning, Doctor Who 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor, and the critically acclaimed, Sherlock: His Last Vow,  which was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Mini-series, Movie or a Dramatic Special.

Having started out at London's Royal National Theatre, Nick Hurran began directing for the BBC and subsequently directed two award winning comedy/drama series. His first feature film appeared in 1997: Remember Me for Channel Four Films and the award winning TV movie The Perfect Match for Granada.

In 1998 Girl's Night (Granada Film) was a huge success at the Sundance, Chicago and Berlin Film festivals and in 1999 Nick directed the teen comedy Virtual Sexuality for Columbia Tristar. In 2001 he returned to the BBC to direct Andrew Davies' adaptation of the Kingsley Amis novel Take A Girl Like You.

Undertaking Betty, starring Brenda Blethyn, Christopher Walken, Alfred Molina, Lee Evans and Naomi Watts for Miramax Films won great acclaim and a BAFTA Wales Award for Best Film, and nomination at Dinard. In 2004 the romantic comedy Little Black Book starring Brittany Murphy, Holly Hunter and Cathy Bates followed for Sony Pictures and 2006 teen comedy It's A Boy Girl Thing for Icon/Rocket Pictures.

More recently Nick directed the Sky Atlantic drama Fortitude, Minority Report for Fox, and Childhood's End; an adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's 1953 science fiction novel for Syfy, before taking on Netflix series Travelers and a new installment of Sherlock. Nick is currently exec-producing and directing new Netflix series Altered Carbon. 

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TV

Executive Producer

 

Sci-fi drama

Skydance Media for Netflix
 

Director

WriterMark Gatiss and Steven Moffat
Starring
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Martin Freeman
  • Toby Jones
  •  

    Detective Drama

    Hartswood for BBC1
     
    Travelers
    12 x 60'
    CreatorBrad Wright
    Starring
  • Eric McCormack
  • MacKenzie Porter
  • Nesta Cooper
  •  

    Sci-fi series 

    Showcase / Netflix for Showcase / Netflix
     
    Fortitude
    12 x 60'
    CreatorSimon Donald
    ProducerMatthew Bird
    Starring
  • Richard Dormer
  • Michael Gambon
  • Sofie Gråbøl
  • Stanley Tucci
  •  
    Drama
    Tiger Aspect for Sky Atlantic
     
    ProducerJohn G. Lenic
    WriterArthur C. Clarke, Matthew Graham
    Starring
  •  

    Sci-fi series

    Syfy
     
    ProducerShalisha Francis
    WriterPhilip K. Dick
     

    Sci-fi drama

    Amblin Television for Fox
     
    Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary Special
    Bafta Radio Times Audience Award
    ProducerMarcus Wilson
     
    Anniversary special for the long-running drama
    BBC1
     
    ProducerMarcus Wilson
     

    Long-running series

    BBC One
     
    ProducerBeryl Vertue
    WriterSavina Dellicour
     

    Comedy series

    Hartswood Film and Television for BBC1
     
    ProducerMarcus Wilson
    Starring
  • Matt Smith
  • Karen Gillan
  •  
    Director of two episodes of hit BBC One Series
    BBC for BBC1
     
    The Prisoner
    Nominated for two 2010 Primetime Emmy awards
    6 x 60'
    ProducerTrevor Hopkins
    WriterBill Gallagher
    Starring
  • Ian McKellen
  • Jim Caviezel
  • Ruth Wilson
  • Haley Atwell
  •  
    An update to the cult favorite series from the 1960s about a government agent who is kidnapped and sent to a remote island known as "the Village".
    AMC/ITV Productions for ITV1
     
    ProducerPaula Burdon
    WriterRichard Harris
    Starring
  • Brenda Blethyn
  • Robert Dawes
  • Timothy Spall
  • Josie Lawrence
  •  

    Comedy drama

    Central Independent Television for ITV
     
    ProducerGareth Neame
    WriterAndrew Davis
    Starring
  • Hugh Bonneville
  • Sienna Guillory
  • Rupert Graves
  •  

    Comedy drama based on the novel by Kingsley Amis. 

    BBC for BBC1
     
    ProducerGareth Neame
    WriterMark Wallington
    Starring
  • Neil Morrisey
  • Amanda Holden
  • Dervla Krwin
  •  
    BBC1
     
    CreatorRichard Harris
    Starring
  • Peter Davidson
  • Sean Hughes
  •  
    Comedy drama series based on the Leslie Thomas novels.
    ITV
     
    WriterTony Grounds
    Starring
  • Jesse Wallace
  • Nat Parker
  • George Cole
  •  
    A working class single mother appeals to send her son to the best state school in her area. When the headmaster of a local private school hears of her campaign, he is intrigued, and offers her son a place at his school, betting that he can turn the boy's life around.
    Paloma Productions for BBC1
     
    WriterMatthew Graham
    Starring
  • Mark Strong
  • Julie Graham
  • Tamzin Outhwaite
  •  
    Two-part drama. Andy puts his marriage on the line when he embarks on an affair with Claire, but he soon learns that Claire has an inoperable brain tumour and only a few months to live.
    Granada
     
    Sherlock: His Last Vow
    Emmy nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
    1 x 90'
    ProducerSue Vertue
    WriterSteven Moffat
    Starring
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Martin Freeman
  • Rupert Graves
  • Lars Mikkelsen
  •  
    Popular contemporary drama
    Hartswood Films Ltd for BBC1
     

    Film

    Director

    The Perfect Match
    WINNER 1995 Cologne Film Festival
    ProducerAndy Harries
    WriterMike Bullen
    Starring
  • Saskia Reeves
  • Susan Lynch
  • Peter Howitt
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    Guy proposes to his girlfriend by putting a notice on the half time scoreboard at the FA cup final. The entire crowd at wembley stadium cheer them on as he holds up the ring. The TV cameras pick it up. it becomes wedding of the year, but she doesn't want to marry him.
    Granada Drama
     
    ProducerAlanda Wright
    WriterMichael Frayn
    Starring
  • Robert Lindsay
  • Rik Mayall
  • Imedla Staunton
  • Brenda Blethyn
  •  
    A family finds itself in crisis when the mother's former flame arrives unexpectedly.
    Channel Four Films/Talisman
     
    Girls' Night
    Sundance Film Festival - World Cinema. Berlin Film Festival - Competition.
    ProducerBill Boyes
    WriterKay Mellor
    Starring
  • Brenda Blethyn
  • Julie Walters
  • Kris Kristoffersn
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    Two factory workers (Dawn and Jackie) lives are transformed when one wins a hundred thousand pounds at a Bingo session. Their celebrations are cut short when Dawn discovers she has a brain tumour and only a short time to live. Undaunted, they set off to the glamour and excitement of Las Vegas.
    Showtime Networks
    Granada Film Productions
     
    ProducerChristopher Figg
    WriterNick Fisher
    Starring
  • Laura Fraser
  • Rupert Penry-Jones
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    A frustrated teenage girl creates her perfect man in a virtual reality machine and in a freak accident gives him life with hilarious results.
    Columbia Pictures

     
    Undertaking Betty
    Bafta Wales Award for Best Film 2003. Nomination at Dinard
    ProducerMichael Cowan
    WriterFrederick Ponzlov
    Starring
  • Alfred Molina
  • Brenda Blethyn
  • Christopher Walken
  • Naomi Watts
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    This comedy takes a riotous look at small town Welsh country life centered around competing funeral homes.
    Miramax Films
    Spice Factory
     
    ProducerElaine Goldsmith-Thomas/Deborah Schindler
    WriterElisa Bell
    Starring
  • Brittany Murphy
  • Holly Hunter
  • Kathy Bates
  • Ron Livingston
  •  
    A woman snoops through her boyfriend's palm pilot and reveals his former girlfriends, which causes her to question why they're still listed in his little black book.
    Columbia Pictures
    Revolution Studios
     
    ProducerDavid Furnish and Steve Hamilton Shaw
    WriterGeoff Deane
    Starring
  • Samaire Armstrong
  • Kevin Zegers
  • Sherry Miller
  • Robert Joy
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    A body-swapping comedy. Two sworn teenage enemies find themselves in each other's bodies, and use this to ruin each other's lives
    Icon Entertainment International/ Rocket Pictures
     

    Sherlock has found its heart... I shuddered at director Nick Hurran's vision of death as an isolation cell in the basement of a crumbling house.

    Andrew Billen
    The Times on Sherlock: His Last Vow

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