BAFTA-winning writer returns to RGS
On Monday 25 November, we were absolutely delighted to welcome back Reigatian, Chris Lang (RGS 1973-80) for only the second time in nearly 40 years. Since leaving RGS, Chris has written and produced over 120 hours of prime time British drama. A seasoned writer with numerous episodes of The Bill, Casualty, Soldier Soldier and The Knock under his belt, Chris is best known for his critically-acclaimed ITV smash hit and BAFTA-winning crime drama Unforgotten, the fourth series of which starts shooting in January of 2020.
He spoke with brutal honesty about his career to date, the highs and lows of being a writer and the lessons learned along the way. He also spoke of how after leaving RADA in 1983 he struck up a friendship with a certain Hugh Grant, forming a successful comedy-writing partnership named ‘The Jockeys of Norfolk’ – enjoying great success at the Edinburgh Festival, moving on to star in their own TV comedy showcase!
After taking a variety of questions from the captivated audience, Chris continued the afternoon by spending time with a number of pupils / budding writers who had previously taken part in the National Theatre Script-Writing competition. He shared valued tips, anecdotes and advice on where his ideas come from, how to start writing and why he doesn’t believe in writers block!
It was a fascinating afternoon, with one of the most accomplished scriptwriters in the UK and proud Reigatian.