Douglas Watkinson is an English novelist, playwright and screenwriter.
Douglas cannot remember a time when he didn’t write and has written literally hundreds of television scripts, contributing to many popular series. Among his favourites are Lovejoy, Boon, Forever Green, Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Midsomer Murders. The latter’s worldwide audience numbers a staggering one billion people.
Douglas is the author of The Nathan Hawk Mysteries, a series of crime novels. They celebrate the unpredictable Nathan Hawk - a sacked police officer turned private investigator.
As well as the Nathan Hawk stories, Douglas has recently published a standalone novel, The Occasional Jonas Kemble. It tells the story of a beleaguered theatrical dynasty with a problem they need to solve before it destroys them.
Douglas was born into an army family and his father served throughout World War II and beyond. He was killed in Palestine in 1947. His death was the inspiration for one of several stage-plays, The Wall, in which a middle aged man visits a military cemetery in Ramleh, Israel and meets a young British soldier who turns out to be his father.
Educated at Haberdashers' Aske's, Douglas then attended East 15 Acting School where his first plays were performed. Whilst there he met his wife Lesley and they now live in Buckinghamshire countryside with their two German Shepherd dogs. Their four grown up children have left home. Allegedly.
After leaving drama school, Douglas worked for Decca Records, writing the backs of record sleeves. A year later he had his first play produced by the BBC and so began a writing career in television. He was fortunate enough to never be out of work and has been the sole writer or regular contributor for the following series:
Late Night Theatre
The Onedin Line
For Maddie With Love
The New Statesman
Douglas has also written for radio and the theatre. His stage plays include:
Let’s Do It My Way
The Dragon’s Tale
Caesar and Me