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Christopher Templeton is the Scottish/Hungarian scriptwriter and director whose radio plays and television documentaries highlighted human rights abuses in the United States and Europe during the post cold war era of the 1990s.

Templeton was born in Los Angeles, California the son of the Glasgow playwright and screenwriter, William Templeton. He graduated from the London International Film School in 1985 but his first writing and directing work was for radio. Templeton secured several commissions from the BBC World Service, broadcasting new and politically charged plays on the 'Play for the Week' flagship series. His first production, Mirad, A Boy from Bosnia, secured wide critical acclaim. Whilst Mirad amplified the human cost of the Bosnian genocide, later productions, like Rupa Lucian, Child of Romania exposed the atrocities of the "Securitatae', Romania's secret police.

Templeton continued at the World Service to write and present the first non-religious content for the Pause for Thought series with other leading secularists including Nicolas Walter and Dr.Richard Dawkins.

1n 1996, Templeton coordinated the UK campaign of death row artist, Manuel Salazar. The campaign secured an 11th hour reprieve from execution with Templeton's campaign documentary "Trial and Error' (broadcast on NBC), provoking an Early Day Motion, signed by 147 MPs in the House of Parliament as well as the attention of Amnesty International, legal figures like Alun Jones QC, academics like Prof. Rodolfo Acuña and Pope John Paul II.

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