BAFTA winning writer and director Nick Murphy became a much sought after name in the world of British TV drama after helming a number of outstanding projects, including historical drama Napoleon starring Rob Brydon, and Surviving Disaster, a docu-drama about Chernobyl starring Adrian Edmondson. A former editor of news and current affairs for the BBC, he began directing documentaries.
Firmly placing himself in drama, Nick directed the critically acclaimed BBC series, Occupation, starring James Nesbitt. This was hailed ‘best drama of the year’ by The Guardian and ‘the best drama on television for a very long time’ by The Sunday Times. It was also described as ’one of the best dramas of the decade’ by The Observer and was nominated for both RTS (Royal Television Society) and Broadcast awards. It received a BAFTA for Best Drama Serial.
Thriving on the challenge of bringing stories to life on film, Nick completed his first feature project, The Awakening, which starred Rebecca Hall, which he followed up with Blood, a hard-hitting psychological thriller starring Paul Bettany. ITV’s Prey was received by The Telegraph as ‘crime drama at its best’ and garnered a BAFTA nomination for best new series.
Nick directed the opening two episodes of BBC 2’s epic eight-part series The Last Kingdom, adapted from the bestselling Bernard Cornwell ‘Saxon Stories’. Nick also co-exec produced the series, which aired to critical acclaim in both the US and UK.
Most recently he has directed the whole 6-part series of SKY Atlantic’s hit show Save Me, again another show helmed by Nick that has been met with equal measure of critical acclaim and audience ratings.
Finally, we can’t wait to see Nick’s newest venture, the highly anticipated BBC and FX Christmas offering for 2019 from the team behind Taboo and exec-produced by Ridley Scott. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, penned by Steven Knight (Taboo & Peaky Blinders) and starring a glittering cast that includes Tom Hardy, Guy Pierce, Andy Serkis and Rutger Hauer.
Nick offers the world of commercials a directing style that is A-list and world-class Drama: emotionally rich on performance, packed with atmospheric texture and cinematic visuals, and driven by a strong narrative edge.
Nick is one of the most charming, down-to-earth and witty people we know.