Christopher Jeremy Sandford (5 December 1930 – 12 May 2003) was an English television screenwriter who came to prominence in 1966 with Cathy Come Home, his controversial entry in BBC1's The Wednesday Play anthology strand, which was directed by Ken Loach. Later, in 1971, he wrote another successful one-off, Edna, the Inebriate Woman, for The Wednesday Play's successor series Play for Today.
Christopher Jeremy Sandford
5 December 1930
|Died||12 May 2003 (aged 72)|
|Alma mater||New College, Oxford|
(m. 1957; div. 1979)
After his marriage to heiress Nell Dunn in 1957, they gave up their smart Chelsea home and went to live in unfashionable Battersea where they joined and observed the lower strata of society, and from this experience he published the play Cathy Come Home in 1963, and his wife, Nell, wrote Up the Junction.
In 1968, Sandford won a Jacob's Award for the TV production of Cathy Come Home.
Sandford became interested in gypsy causes and for a time edited their news sheet, Romano Drom (Gypsy Road). He travelled the country seeking out gypsy stories, published as The Gypsies, and later reissued as Rokkering to the Gorjios (Talking to the non-Gypsies).
- Hayward, Anthony (15 March 2003). "Obituaries - Jeremy Sandford - Writer of 'Cathy Come Home'". The Independent. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
- Christopher J. Sandford (Results for England & Wales Marriages 1837-2008) at Find My Past.
- "Jeremy Sandford", Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press
- Sandford, Jeremy (2000). Rokkering to the Gorjios. Hertford: University of Hertfordshire Press. ISBN 1-902806-04-2.
- Christopher Jeremy Sandford (Results for England & Wales Deaths 1837-2007) at Find my Past.
- Obituary, The Times, London, 15 May 2003, p. 39.