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Baverstock, Donald Leighton (1924–1995), television producer and executive, was born on 18 January 1924 at the maternity home in Glossop Terrace, Cardiff, the only son in the family of three children of Thomas Baverstock (1896–1979), colliery clerk and later grocer, and his wife, ...

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Bower, Dallas Gordon (1907–1999), film, radio, and television producer and director, was born on 25 July 1907 at 34 Kensington Hall Gardens, London, the only son of Edward Lawrence Oakes Bower, East India merchant, and his first wife, (Gladys) Ethel, daughter of Eugene Dallas Marriott...

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Bruce, George Robert (1909–2002), poet, critic, and radio and television producer, was born on 10 March 1909 at 2 Victoria Street, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, the first son and eldest of three children of Henry George Bruce (1872–1941), the owner of a firm of herring curers, and his wife, ...

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See Hogarth, Ann [real name Margaret Ann Gildart Jackson; married name Margaret Ann Gildart Bussell]

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Cox [née Cunningham], Marie-Thérèse Henriette [Molly, Mollie] (1925–1991), television producer, was born in Constantinople on 18 October 1925, the fourth of six children of Arthur Joseph Cunningham and his wife, Aileen Turner. Her father was Lloyds agent in Constantinople, and when he became editor of the ...

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Doll [née Rickett], Josephine [Jo] [performing name Jo Douglas] (1926–1988), actress and television producer, was born at 146 The Green, Earlsheaton, near Huddersfield, on 6 October 1926, the eldest of the three children of Bernard Rickett (1899–1985), a manager for Fyffes banana company...

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Garland, Patrick Ewart (1935–2013), theatre and television director, actor, and author, was born on 10 April 1935 at the Ormond Maternity Home, 29 Blantyre Street, Chelsea, London, the only child of Captain Ewart James Garland (1897–1985), representative of a rubber company, and his second wife, ...

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Jebb, Julian Alvery Marius (1934–1984), journalist and television producer, was born on 2 April 1934 at Hawkesyard Priory, Rugeley, Staffordshire, the youngest of the four children of Reginald Douglas (Rex) Jebb (1883–1977) schoolmaster and journalist, and his wife, Eleanor Philippa (1899–1979), daughter of ...

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Jones, David Hugh (1934–2008), theatre, film, and television director, was born on 19 February 1934 at Devonport, 77 Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset, the son of the Revd John David Jones, Congregational minister, and his wife, Gwendolen Agnes Langworthy, née Ricketts (1898–1987). He was educated at ...

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Knatchbull, John Ulick, seventh Baron Brabourne of Brabourne [known as John Brabourne] (1924–2005), film and television producer, was born on 9 November 1924 at 7 Upper Belgrave Street, London, the younger son of Michael Herbert Rudolf Knatchbull, formerly Knatchbull-Hugessen, fifth Baron Brabourne of Brabourne...

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McGoohan, Patrick Joseph (1928–2009), actor, television producer, and director, was born on 19 March 1928 in Astoria, Queens, New York, the first child of Irish Catholic immigrants, Thomas McGoohan and his wife, Rose, née Fitzpatrick. His parents returned to co. Leitrim shortly after his birth, and moved to ...

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Patrick Joseph McGoohan (1928–2009) by unknown photographer, 1967 © ITV / Rex Features

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Newman, Sydney Cecil (1917–1997), television producer, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on 1 April 1917, the son of an Orthodox Jewish shoe salesman who had moved to Canada from Russia. He was educated at Ogden public school, Toronto, and then at the ...

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Pegram [née Woods], Lorna Gladys Hurst (1926–1993), television producer and novelist, was born on 25 October 1926 at 386 Green Lane, Ilford, Essex, the only child of Reginald William James Woods and Sybil Hurst, both Salvation Army officers. Brought up in the ...

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Plowright, David Ernest (1930–2006), television producer and executive, was born on 11 December 1930 at the Maternity Home, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, the youngest of three children of William Ernest Plowright, editor of the Scunthorpe and Frodingham Star, and his wife, Daisy Margaret, née Burton...

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Sir (James) Gordon Reece (1929–2001) by Chris Ware, 1975 Getty Images

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Reece, Sir (James) Gordon (1929–2001), television producer and public relations consultant, was born on 28 September 1929 at Vinton Nursing Home, 14 Heath Park Road, Romford, Essex, the son of James Graham Reece, a motor engineer, and Beatrice Mary Langton, a nurse. Both parents were from ...

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Robb, Eustace Frederick (1899–1985), television producer and landowner, was born on 28 February 1899 at 10 Onslow Square, London, the only son of Major-General Sir Frederick Spencer Robb (1858–1948) and his wife, Wilhelmine Rose, née Stoughton. Frederick Robb was military secretary to Lord Kitchener...

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Henry Kenneth Alfred Russell (1927–2011) by unknown photographer, 1975 Camera Press London

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Russell, Henry Kenneth Alfred [Ken] (1927–2011), film, television, and opera director, was born on 3 July 1927 at 31 Belmont Road, Southampton, the elder son of Adolphus Henry Russell (1902–1988), boot and shoe retailer, and his wife, Ethel Ivy Louise, née Smith. While he was still young he and his mentally fragile mother took refuge at the cinema to escape from his father's frequent rages. By the age of ten he was showing and narrating silent films in his garage to family, friends, and neighbours....