Nick Hurran

Director for film and television

Theatre, Film & TV
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Biography

After two years 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 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.

Plots With A View, starring Brenda Blethyn, Christopher Walken, Alfred Molina, Lee Evans and Naomi Watts for Miramax Films won great acclaim. In 2004 the romantic comedy Little Black Book starring Brittany Murphy, Holly Hunter and Cathy Bates followed for Sony Pictures and then 2006 teen comedy It's A Boy Girl Thing for Icon/Rocket Pictures.

Nick directed The Prisoner, starring Ian Mckellen and James Caviezel for AMC/ITV and recently directed BBC's Doctor Who

Nick directed Me and Mrs Jones for Hartswood Films, and more recently the hugely successful Doctor Who 50th special, and the latest installment of Sherlock.

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Television
Director
Sherlock, His Last Vow 1 x 90'
Jan 2014
Hartswood Films Ltd for BBC1
Producer Sue Vertue
Director Nick Hurran
Writer Steven Moffat
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves, Lars Mikkelsen & Una Stubbs

Popular contemporary drama

Fortitude 12 x 60'
2014
Tiger Aspect for Sky Atlantic
Creator Simon Donald
Producer Matthew Bird
Director Nick Hurran
Starring Richard Dormer , Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon & Sofie Gråbøl

Drama revolving round a mysterious death in the Arctic Circle.

BBC One
Producer Marcus Wilson
Director Nick Hurran

Anniversary special for the long-running drama

Doctor Who: Series 7 2012
BBC One
Producer Marcus Wilson
Director Nick Hurran

 
Me and Mrs Jones 6 x 30'
2012
Hartswood Film and Television for BBC One
Creator Oriane Messina and Fay Rusling
Producer Beryl Vertue
Director Nick Hurran
Writer Oriane Messina and Fay Rusling

 
Doctor Who: Series 6 2 x 60'
2011
BBC for BBC1
Producer Marcus Wilson
Director Nick Hurran
Starring Matt Smith & Karen Gillan

Director of two episodes of hit BBC One Series

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The Prisoner 6 x 60'
2009
AMC/ITV Productions for ITV1
Producer Trevor Hopkins
Director Nick Hurran
Writer Bill 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".

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Bonekickers: The Lines of War 1 x 60'
2008
Mammoth Screen for BBC1
Producer Rhonda Smith
Director Nick Hurran
Writer Tom MacRae
Starring Hugh Bonneville, Julie Graham, Adrian Lester , Michael Maloney & Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Archaeology mystery drama series

A Class Apart 1 x 90'
2007
Paloma Productions for BBC1
Producer Nick Hurran
Director Nick Hurran
Writer Tony 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.

Granada
Producer Nick Hurran
Director Nick Hurran
Writer Matthew 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.

The Last Detective 6 x 90'
2001
ITV
Creator Richard Harris
Producer Nick Hurran
Director Nick Hurran
Starring Peter Davidson & Sean Hughes

Comedy drama series based on the Leslie Thomas novels.

Happy Birthday Shakespeare 1999
BBC1
Producer Gareth Neame
Director Nick Hurran
Writer Mark Wallington
Starring Neil Morrisey, Amanda Holden & Dervla Krwin

 
The Outside Edge 7 x 30'
1995
Central Independent Television for ITV
Producer Paula Burdon
Director Nick Hurran
Writer Richard Harris
Starring Brenda Blethyn, Robert Dawes, Timothy Spall & Josie Lawrence

Comedy drama about the tangled relationships and misadventures of two couples involved in the local cricket scene.

Winner 1996 British Comedy Awards - Best Comedy Drama
Winner 1995 British Comedy Awards - Best Comedy Drama

Boon: Series 7 3 x 60'
1993
Central Independent Television for ITV
Creator Jim Hill & Bill Stair
Director Nick Hurran
Starring Michael Elphick & David Daker

 
Comedy Playhouse: Sailortown 1 x 30'
1993
Central Independent Television for Carlton Television
Producer Trevor McCallum
Director Nick Hurran
Writer Martin Lynch and Mark Bussell
Starring James Nesbitt, Pat Laffan, Simon Magill & Mark Mulholland

The owner of a bar in Belfast's "Sailortown" dockside area has died, and in the absence of a will, his son-in-law Danny and grandson Skeeball compete to take control.

Big Break 1992
BBC
Producer David Taylor
Director Nick Hurran
Starring Jim Davidson

Devised style for pilot and directed two series

Comedy Playhouse: Stuck on You 1 x 30'
1992
Central Independent Television for Carlton Television
Producer Paula Burdon
Director Nick Hurran
Writer Mark Bussell and Justin Sbresni
Starring Neil Morrisey & Amelia Bulmore

 
Telly Addicts 17 x 30'
1992
BBC
Producer John King
Director Nick Hurran
Starring Noel Edwards

Director of three series of the prime time game show.

Wogan 24 x 30'
1992
BBC
Director Nick Hurran
Starring Terry Wogan

Prime time live chat show. Guest stars included Tom Jones and Gloria Estefan.

Never the Twain 24 x 30'
1991
Thames Television for ITV
Producer Peter Frazer-Jones & Anthony Parker
Director Nick Hurran
Writer Johnnie Mortimer
Starring Donald Sinden, Windsor Davies & Robin Kermode

 
Film
Director
It's a Boy Girl Thing Feature
2006
Icon Entertainment International/ Rocket Pictures
Producer David Furnish and Steve Hamilton Shaw
Director Nick Hurran
Writer Geoff Deane
Starring Samaire Armstrong, Kevin Zegers, Sherry Miller, Robert Joy & Sharon Osbourne

A body-swapping comedy. Two sworn teenage enemies find themselves in each other's bodies, and use this to ruin each other's lives

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Little Black Book Feature
2004
Revolution Studios for Columbia Pictures
Producer Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas/Deborah Schindler
Director Nick Hurran
Writer Elisa Bell
Starring Brittany Murphy, Holly Hunter, Kathy Bates , Ron Livingston & Julianne Nicholson

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.

Plots with a view Feature
2002
Spice Factory for Miramax Films
Producer Michael Cowan
Director Nick Hurran
Writer Frederick Ponzlov
Starring Alfred Molina, Brenda Blethyn, Christopher Walken, Naomi Watts & Lee Evans

This comedy takes a riotous look at small town Welsh country life centered around competing funeral homes.

Virtual Sexuality Feature
1999
Columbia Pictures
Producer Christopher Figg
Director Nick Hurran
Writer Nick Fisher
Starring Laura Fraser & Rupert Penry-Jones

A frustrated teenage girl creates her perfect man in a virtual reality machine and in a freak accident gives him life with hilarious results.

Girls' Night Feature
1998
Granada Film Productions for Showtime Networks
Producer Bill Boyes
Director Nick Hurran
Writer Kay Mellor
Starring Brenda Blethyn, Julie Walters & Kris Kristoffersn

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.

Remember Me? Feature
1997
Channel Four Films/Talisman
Producer Alanda Wright
Director Nick Hurran
Writer Michael Frayn
Starring Robert Lindsay, Rik Mayall, Imedla Staunton & Brenda Blethyn

A family finds itself in crisis when the mother's former flame arrives unexpectedly.

The Perfect Match Feature
1995
Granada Drama
Producer Andy Harries
Director Nick Hurran
Writer Mike Bullen
Starring Saskia Reeves, Susan Lynch & Peter Howitt

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.