Novelist and writer for film & television

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 latest book, Papercuts, was published by Head of Zeus in 2016.

For television Colin created and wrote the long-running crime series, Murphy’s Law, starring James Nesbitt, for the BBC. Colin also created the newspaper drama Scup and has written episodes on Rebus and Doc Martin. Colin's most recent film Driven, directed by Nick Hamm and starring Jason Sudeikis, closed the Venice Film Festival and also had special screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. He also co-wrote the film The Journey which premiered at Venice in 2016.

His plays for the stage, National Anthem and Bag for Life, were both critically acclaimed. He also wrote the musical Teenage Kicks for the Derry European City of Culture celebrations. Colin currently has several new commissions in the works.

In 2010 he was made an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Ulster for his services to literature. 

He is currently working on new feature films about Fidel Castro and the spy George Blake.




Director Nick Hamm
  • Jason Sudeikis
  • Inspired by the true story of the FBI sting operation to bring down maverick auto executive DeLorean.

    Tempo Productions
    Director Nick Hamm
  • Colm Meaney
  • Timothy Spall
  • John Hurt
  • Toby Stephens
  • Drama charting Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness' unlikely friendship

    Greenroom Entertainment
    Producer Don Boyd and Stephanie Mills
    Director Henry Herbert
  • 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 Pearse Moore
  • Dan Gordon
  • Stuart Graham
  • Laine Megaw
  • George Shane
  • Short film for BBC Northern Ireland
    BBC Northern Ireland
    BBC Northern Ireland
    Producer Laurie Borg and Robert Cooper
    Director Declan Lowney
  • 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

    Winchester Films
    Producer Mark Huffam
    Director Konrad Jay
  • Peter Hanly
  • James Nesbitt
  • George Shane
  • Short about three Christmas shoppers who contemplate suicide
    Studio L Productions


    Creator & Writer 

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


    Adaptation of the detective novel by John Bude

    Three Rivers Fiction
    In development

    Original series based on Colin's detective character Starkey

    Adorable Media
    In development
  • Martin Clunes
  • Buffalo Pictures for ITV
  • Denis Conway
  • Shane Fallon
  • Kelly Gough
  • Conor MacNeill
  • Stirling Film and Television for TG4, BBC NI
    Platinum Winner: Worldfest Houston
    8 x 30'
    Producer Peter Norris
  • Denis Conway
  • Kelly Gough
  • Donncha Crowley
  • Caitriona Mhurchu
  • Stirling Film and Television Limited for TG4
    Producer Saurabh Kakkar
    Director Kieron J. Walsh
  • Anna Friel
  • Brenda Fricker
  • Television adaptation of Marian Keyes' novel
    Accomplice Television for Granada
    Producer Alan J Wands
    Director Morag Fullarton
  • Claire Price
  • Ken Stott
  • Television series based on Ian Rankin's detective series
    SMG for Koch Vision
    1 x 60'




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