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Christopher Hale

Executive producer | Non-fiction author | Producer/Director

I am a freelance executive producer, producer/director and non-fiction author.

Educated at Sussex University and the Slade School of Fine Art, I have extensive experience of television production with many different broadcasters - including the BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic and Discovery.

My most recent book - 'Massacre in Malaya'​ - was published in October, 2012. My second book: ‘Hitler’s Foreign Executioners’, was long-listed as History Today/Longman's Book of the Year.. The Polish edition was a non-fiction bestseller. My first book, 'Himmler’s Crusade'​ (about an SS sponsored expedition to Tibet) won the prestigious Italian Gambrinus 'Giuseppe Mazotti' Prize, 2006. I am currently working on a new non-fiction project: 'The Year of Living Dangerously'.

As a producer, my credits include The Year the Earth Went Wild for C4, Naked Science: Universe, for National Geographic, Egypt Detectives (6 part series) for Five, Nat Geo and DSC Canada, Oasis of the Golden Mummies for Discovery, Accidents in Space for BBC Science, five Horizon programmes for the BBC, and three To the Ends of the Earth for C4 including Search for the Sons of Abraham and Into the Abyss which was nominated for an award at the Dijon Adventure Film Festival. I made two films for a series presented by Professor Steve Jones, ‘In the Blood’: ‘Lost Tribes' which was described by The Times as ‘ground breaking television’. For the BBC and Arte I made a major documentary about French composer Erik Satie ‘Things Seen to the Right and the Left’. I profiled Italian architect Renzo Piano for the BBC’s Late Show – and documented Piano’s battles to design a new airport in Japan for Channel4/Discovery. 'Byline: Blind to Science' won a Special Award from the ‘British Association for the Advancement of Science’.

 After making a documentary for National Geographic in Malaysia, I was appointed Executive Producer/Channel News Asia International in October, 2013. When I started with CNAi, the team was making 30 minute shows like 'Powerlist Asia'. By the beginning of 2017, we were completing a number of ambitious documentary series: 'Power and Piety' five documentaries about religious conflict... Two documentaries for a new series 'The Asian Century': 'Fall of Suharto' and 'Death of Mao'. We delivered four 'Undercover Asia' documentaries exploring the underside of Asian society - and developed a new science series 'Quantum'. The team won a clutch of awards - including Best Documentary at the Asian Television Awards.

I am proudest of a series of hour long documentaries, which I also produced: 'Inventing SE Asia', made with Dr Farish Noor: adventures in history.