Tony Jordan

Tony Jordan

Last updated: 22 December 2010

Tony Jordan is one of the most prominent and respected screen writers in the UK, responsible for hit series such as Life on Mars and Hustle, and famous for his work as a writer and story consultant on EastEnders.

Jordan began his writing career at the age of 32, having previously worked as a market trader among other professions. He submitted a script to the BBC and began working as a scriptwriter on soap opera EastEnders in 1989. He would become lead writer and series consultant over the next 18 years with the show.

Writing credits in the 1990s include Minder, short-lived BBC soap Eldorado and comedy drama Boon. Between 1998 and 2000 he created crime series City Central and wrote the screenplay for Can't Buy Me Love (2004) starring Martin Kemp and Michelle Collins.

In 2004 he created the BBC One con artist drama Hustle starring Robert Vaughn, Adrian Lester and Marc Warren. In 2006 he was responsible, alongside fellow writers Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharoah, for the creation of the popular time-travelling police drama Life on Mars starring John Sim as Sam Tyler and Philip Glenister as Gene Hunt.

Jordan set up his own production company Red Planet Pictures, which has offices in Bedfordshire and Cardiff, in 2006. The company won the commission to produce crime drama Holby Blue, a sister drama to long-standing BBC hits Casualty and Holby City.

Further productions from his independent company include the interlinking series Echo Beach and Moving Wallpaper (soap opera and behind-the scenes comedy respectively), which were produced for ITV.

He was honoured at the 2007 British Soap Awards with the Special Achievement Award for his work on EastEnders and in 2008, Broadcast magazine listed him as the number one television screenwriter in the UK.

In 2009 he was announced as the lead writer on new BBC Cymru Wales/Red Planet Pictures drama production Crash.

Jordan wrote BBC drama series The Nativity, which was shown in the run up to Christmas 2010.

Selected productions

  • EastEnders (1989-2006)
  • Hustle (2004-2006)
  • Life on Mars (2006-2007)
  • Holby Blue (2007-2008)
  • Echo Beach (2007)
  • Crash (2009)
  • The Nativity (2010)

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