Christopher Hale is a British non-fiction writer and documentary producer. From 2013 to 2017, he was the executive producer of the Channel News Asia International unit in Singapore. Hale and a small team of producers made a number of series including 'Power and Piety', five documentaries about religious conflict; 'The Asian Century' focusing on pivotal moments in Asian history; and 'Inventing Southeast Asia' made with Dr Farish Noor. CNAi won a number of regional awards.
Hale was educated at the University of Sussex and Slade School of Fine Art - and began his television career as a film editor. He made some apprentice films at the BBC, including a One Pair of Eyes called Nationality Uncertain - and was offered the opportunity to make a major documentary for Channel 4 called Is there Anybody There, with the psychologist Nicholas Humphrey. He has since made series and many one off programmes, including Search for the Sons of Abraham.
In 1989, Hale's Byline: Blind to Science (BBC) won a Special Award from the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS).
In 1999, Hale made Atlantis Reborn for the BBC science strand Horizon, a critique of pseudo historical ideas focusing on the myth of Atlantis and the claims of writer Graham Hancock. When the documentary was transmitted, Hancock complained to the Broadcasting Standards Commission - now Ofcom - which exonerated the broadcaster of any significant unfairness. Hale described the experience of making the film and dealing with the anger it provoked in a chapter The Atleantean Box in 'Archaeological Fantasies', edited by Garret G. Fagan for Routledge.
In 2002, Hale was commissioned by Bantam Books to write a book about the Heinrich Himmler-sponsored 1938-1939 German expedition to Tibet. Research in archives in the UK and Germany, as well as research visits to India and Tibet led to Himmler's Crusade. Hale has featured in a Secret History for Channel 4 and ZDF.
Hale published Hitler's Foreign Executioners- an ambitious analysis of SS recruitment of non German police and Waffen-SS units and their role in the Nazi genocide. This is also available in Italian, Czech, Polish and Estonian versions.
Hale's third non-fiction book was a revisionist analysis of the Malayan Emergency: Massacre in Malaya: Exposing Britain's My Lai (2013). He contributed to 'The Waffen SS' (OUP, 2016).