Colin Bateman

Novelist and writer for film & television
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Biography

Colin Bateman worked as a journalist in Ireland before becoming a full-time writer. His first novel, Divorcing Jack, was published in 1995 and won the Betty Trask Prize. Colin later adapted the novel for a film starring David Thewlis and Rachel Griffiths. Colin is the author of many critically acclaimed novels, including several that he has adapted for the screen. He has also written several children's books including Reservoir Pups and Bring Me The Head Of Oliver Plunkett.

In May 2010, Bateman won the Crimefest Last Laugh Award for his novel The Day of the Jack Russell, published by Headline. His new book, The Prisoner of Brenda, featuring the return of the inimitable Mystery Man, was published by Headline in October 2012.

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Book

TV

Writer

 

Original series based on Colin's detective character Starkey

Greenroom Entertainment
In development
 
Starring
  • Denis Conway
  • Shane Fallon
  • Kelly Gough
  • Conor MacNeill
  •  

    Second series of the Irish language series set in a newspaper office

    Stirling Film and Television for TG4 & BBC NI
     
     
    BBC
    In development
     
    Scup
    Platinum Winner: Worldfest Houston
    8 x 30'
    Producer Peter Norris
    Starring
  • Denis Conway
  • Kelly Gough
  • Donncha Crowley
  • Caitriona Mhurchu
  •  
    Irish language series
    Stirling Film and Television Limited for TG4
     
     
    BBC for BBC
    In development
     
     
    Avalon Television Limited
    In development
     
     
    Original pilot about a brilliant but unstable detective
    Runaway Fridge Television
     
     

    Based on the books by Stephen Booth about a series of brutal murders where the victims are arranged ot look like they are dancing

    Two Four Television
    In development
     
     
    BBC
    In development
     
    Producer Alan J Wands
    Director Morag Fullarton
    Starring
  • Claire Price
  • Ken Stott
  •  
    Television series based on Ian Rankin's detective series
    SMG for Koch Vision
    1 x 60'
     
     
    Original pilot for BBC
    BBC
    Pilot
     
    Producer Saurabh Kakkar
    Director Kieron J. Walsh
    Starring
  • Anna Friel
  • Brenda Fricker
  •  
    Television adaptation of Marian Keyes' novel
    Accomplice Television for Granada
     
     
    6 part serial for BBC Northern Ireland
    BBC Northern Ireland for BBC
     

    Creator & Writer

    Producer various
    Director various
    Starring
  • James Nesbitt
  •  
    Successful long running BBC television drama
    Tiger Aspect Productions for BBC1
     

    Theatre

    Writer

    Director Des Kennedy
     
    An exploration of love, lust and rebellion in the 1970s
    Millennium Forum
     
    Producer Ransom Theatre Company
    Director Rachel O'Riordan
    Starring
  • Miche Doherty
  • Stuart Graham
  •  
    Colin Bateman's first stage show
    Grand Opera House, Belfast
     

    Performer

    Film

    Writer

    Producer Kenneth Branagh, Mark Huffam & Liam Neeson
    Director Nick Hamm
    Starring
  • Liam Neeson
  • Kenneth Brannagh
  •  
    Greenroom Entertainment
     
    Producer Robert Cooper
    Director David Caffrey
    Starring
  • Rachel Griffiths
  • Jason Isaacs
  • David Thewlis
  •  
    Feature film adaptation of Colin's own best selling novel for Scala Productions
    Mosaic Movies
    Scala Productions
     
    Producer Don Boyd and Stephanie Mills
    Director Henry Herbert
    Starring
  • Maria Lennon
  • Enda Oates
  • Gerard Rooney
  •  
    Adaptation of Colin's own novel, Cycle of Violence, that became the first feature to be shot in Northern Ireland after the ceasefire
    Lexington Films
     
    Producer Mark Huffam
    Director Konrad Jay
    Starring
  • Peter Hanly
  • James Nesbitt
  • George Shane
  •  
    Short about three Christmas shoppers who contemplate suicide
    Studio L Productions
     
    Director Marc Munden
     

    Adaptation of Colin's own novel

    Irish Screen
    In development
     
     
    Adaptation of Colin's own novel for Flashlight Films
    Flashlight Films
    In development
     
    Director Declan Lowney
     

    Adaptation of Colin's own Dan Starkey novel

    In development
    BBC Films
     
    Producer Laurie Borg and Robert Cooper
    Director Declan Lowney
    Starring
  • Amanda Donohoe
  • Brendan Gleeson
  • James Nesbitt
  •  

    Film about a philandering television chef who loses his memory and has a second chance at getting his life back

    UIP
    Winchester Films
     
    Producer Pearse Moore
    Starring
  • Dan Gordon
  • Stuart Graham
  • Laine Megaw
  • George Shane
  •  
    Short film for BBC Northern Ireland
    BBC Northern Ireland
    BBC Northern Ireland