Nigel McCrery served as a police officer with the Nottinghamshire Constabulary, working on a number of murders and serious crimes. On retiring injured in 1987 he attended Trinity College, Cambridge, where he read Modern History. In 1990 he joined the BBC on their graduate entry scheme, soon moving into drama and becoming the creator of many successful television series, including Silent Witness. He has also written a number of crime and military novels. He lives in Nottingham.