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Adams [née Campin], Mary Grace Agnes (1898–1984), television producer and programme director, was born on 10 March 1898 at Well House Farm, Hermitage, Berkshire, the elder of two daughters (her sister died aged three) and second of four children of Edward Bloxham Campin...

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Allan, Elkan Philip (1922–2006), journalist and television producer, was born Elkan Philip Cohen at 16 Hoveden Road, Cricklewood, London, on 8 December 1922, the son of Allan Cohen, (d. 1952), furrier, later an owner of printing presses, and his wife, Rose, née...

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Gerald Alexander Anderson (1929–2012) by Dave Finchett, 2001 © Anderson Entertainment 2001 and 2015

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Anderson, Gerald Alexander [Gerry] (1929–2012), television producer, writer, and director, was born Gerald Alexander Abrahams on 14 April 1929 at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital, London, the second son of Joseph Abrahams, commercial clerk, the son of east European Jewish immigrants, and his wife, ...

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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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Berman, Nestor Montague [Monty] (1913–2006), film and television producer, was born on 16 August 1913 at 25 Whitechapel Road, London, the son of Israel (otherwise Isadore) Reuben Berman, musician, and his wife, Fanny, née Josephvitz. He was of Jewish descent. He was educated at ...

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Bird, Antonia Jane (1951–2013), television and film director, was born on 27 May 1951 at the Princess Beatrice Hospital, Old Brompton Road, Kensington, London, the only child of Ernest Michael Bayley (William) Bird (1914–1986), actor, and his wife, Rosemary Gordon, née Marriott (...

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Antonia Jane Bird (1951–2013) by Andrew Buurman, 1999 Rex Features

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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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Burge, Stuart Masters Haig (1918–2002), director and actor, was born on 15 January 1918 at 165 High Street, Brentwood, Essex, the third of four children of Henry Ormsby Burge, electrical engineer, and his wife, Kathleen Mary, née Haig. He was educated at Eagle House, Sandhurst...

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

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Clarke, Alan John (1935–1990), film and television director, was born at 24 Edgmond Street, Wallasey, Cheshire, on 28 October 1935, the elder of two children (he had a younger sister) of John Clarke, insurance agent, and his wife, Ann Florence, née Bailey. In 1947 he passed his eleven-plus examination and won a place at ...

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Coleman, Basil Woore (1916–2013), opera, television, and theatre director, was born on 22 November 1916 at 3 Sunderland Place, Clifton, Bristol, the son of Sydney James Coleman, secretary to a mining company in Southern Rhodesia, later an executive in the postal service, and his wife, ...

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Cowgill, (George) Bryan (1927–2008), television producer and executive, was born on 27 May 1927 at 19 Cowper Avenue, Clitheroe, Lancashire, the son of John Clifford Cowgill (1899–1969), printer and stationer, and later proprietor of the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times, and his wife, Ada Gertrude, ...

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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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Croft, David [real name David John Sharland] (1922–2011), comedy writer, director, and producer, was born on 7 September 1922 at Sharcroft, Panorama Road, Sandbanks, near Poole, Dorset, the younger son of Reginald Hanson Sharland (1886–1944), actor, and his wife, Annie Harland, née...

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David Croft (1922–2011) by David Thorpe, 1971 © David Thorpe / Associated Newspapers / Rex Features

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Dale, Margaret (1922–2010), dancer and television producer, was born Margaret Elisabeth Bolam on 30 December 1922 at 24 Shieldfield Green, All Saints, Newcastle upon Tyne, the daughter of John Howden Bolam (1892–1953) and his wife, Gladys Margaret, née Downs (1893–1975). Her father, who had served during the First World War with the ...

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Davies, John Howard (1939–2011), actor and television producer and director, was born on 9 March 1939 at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, the elder son of John Bernard Henry Leslie (Jack) Davies [see below], scriptwriter, and his wife, Dorothy Leonora, née...