James Moran

Last updated 09 January 2020

James Moran
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James Moran

Born: Sunday 5th March 1972 (age: 52)


James Moran is a British screenwriter for television and film, who wrote the horror-comedy Severance. He works in the horror, comedy, science-fictionhistorical fiction and spy thriller genres.

Born in York,  Moran's first produced work came as the result of a competition run by the Sci Fi Channel. The competition asked for writers to submit short science-fiction themed film scripts. Moran won, and his entry Cheap Rate Gravity was produced and shown both on the sci-fi channel and in front of full length movies, including Final Destination 2.

Moran scripted the 2005 film Severance, which concerns office workers on a team building trip being stalked by a masked killer. 

Moran's television writing debut was writing episodes for Doctor Who, and its spin-off, Torchwood. He lobbied his agent for many years to get him a job on either show. Moran's first Torchwood episode, "Sleeper", was the second to be transmitted in the second series, and concerns a burglary that goes wrong, revealing a plot that leaves the whole planet in danger. There are many allusions to terrorism during the episode, and filming on several controlled explosions in Cardiff was almost disrupted by a real terrorist attack in Glasgow. "Sleeper" was broadcast by BBC Two on 23 January 2008. Moran also co-wrote the Torchwood episode, "Day Three" of "Children of Earth" with Russell T Davies which was first broadcast on 8 July 2009.[9]

Moran's Doctor Who episode, "The Fires of Pompeii" – set during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius – was broadcast on 12 April 2008 as part of the revived programme's 4th series.

Moran also wrote episodes for the ITV series Primeval, the BBC One series Spooks, its BBC Three spin-off Spooks: Code 9, and the NBC series Crusoe.

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