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Willis Hall (1929–2005)

Willis Hall was born on April 6, 1929 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England. He was a writer, known for Billy Liar (1963), Jungle Fighters (1961) and That Was the Week That Was (1962). He was married to Valerie Shute, Dorothy Kingsmill, Jill Bennett and Kathleen. He died on March 7, 2005 in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, England. See full bio »

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 1994 Moving Story (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Charlotte, Emma, Bamber and Anne (1994) ... (writer)
 1991 Perfect Scoundrels (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Grandmother's Footsteps (1991) ... (writer)
  Worzel Gummidge Down Under (TV Series) (13 episodes, 1987 - 1989) (written by - 6 episodes, 1987)
- The Bestest Scarecrow (1989) ... (creator)
- Wattle Hearthbrush (1989) ... (creator)
- Aunt Sally, R.A. (1989) ... (creator)
- Runaway Train (1989) ... (creator)
- Dreams of Avarish (1989) ... (creator)
 1985 The Bright Side (TV Series) (writer - 5 episodes)
- A Little Bit of Chutzpah (1985) ... (writer)
- On the Move (1985) ... (writer)
- Stiffs (1985) ... (writer)
- Never Look a Gift Horse in the Eye (1985) ... (writer)
- Visiting Orders (1985) ... (writer)
 1984 Mitch (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- A Family Matter (1984) ... (writer)
 1984 The Road to 1984 (TV Movie)
 1983 Stan's Last Game (TV Movie) (writer)
 1980-1982 Minder (TV Series) (written by - 4 episodes)
- Another Bride, Another Groom (1982) ... (written by)
- All About Scoring, Innit? (1980) ... (written by)
- The Beer Hunter (1980) ... (written by)
- National Pelmet (1980) ... (written by)
 1979-1981 Worzel Gummidge (TV Series) (writer - 30 episodes)
- Muvvers' Day (1981) ... (writer)
- Worzel's Birthday (1981) ... (writer)
- The Golden Hind (1981) ... (writer)
- Will the Real Aunty Sally...? (1981) ... (writer)
- Worzel in Revolt (1981) ... (writer)
 1981 Kinderfeestje (TV Movie) (writer)
 1981 Christmas Spirits (TV Movie)
 1979 The Danedyke Mystery (TV Series) (writer - 6 episodes)
- Episode #1.6 (1979) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.5 (1979) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.4 (1979) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... (writer)
 1979 Hazell (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Hazell Gets the Boot (1979) ... (writer)
 1978 Robin's Nest (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Everything You Wish Yourself (1978) ... (written by)
 1978 Kinderparty (TV Movie) (comedy)
 1978 BBC2 Play of the Week (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Mr. & Ms. Bureaucrat (1978) ... (writer)
 1978 Saturday, Sunday, Monday (TV Movie) (adaptation)
 1977 Secret Army (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- A Question of Loyalty (1977) ... (writer)
- Lisa - Codename Yvette (1977) ... (writer)
 1977 The Fuzz (TV Series) (writer - 7 episodes)
- Exits and Entrances (1977) ... (creator) / (writer)
- Coppers Under the Sun (1977) ... (creator) / (writer)
- Night Duties (1977) ... (creator) / (writer)
- Domestic Incident (1977) ... (creator) / (writer)
- Pending Further Enquiries (1977) ... (creator) / (writer)
 1977 Three Piece Suite (TV Series)
 1976 The Crezz (TV Series)
 1976 Red Letter Day (TV Series) (adaptation - 1 episode)
- Matchfit (1976) ... (adaptation)
 1975 Rooms (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Midgely: Part 2 (1975) ... (writer)
- Midgely: Part 1 (1975) ... (writer)
- Angela and Lionel: Part 2 (1975) ... (writer)
- Angela and Lionel: Part 1 (1975) ... (writer)
  Billy Liar (TV Series) (writer - 13 episodes, 1973 - 1974) (written by - 6 episodes, 1974)
- Billy and the Bedside Manner (1974) ... (written by)
- Billy and the New Life (1974) ... (written by)
- Billy and a Little Learning (1974) ... (written by)
- Billy and the Birthday Treat (1974) ... (written by)
- Billy and the Muse of Fire (1974) ... (written by)
 1974 Village Hall (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Friendly Encounter (1974) ... (writer)
 1973 All Star Comedy Carnival (TV Movie) (writer)
 1973 Between the Wars (TV Series) (1 episode)
  Our Kid (TV Series) (deviser - 1 episode, 1973) (writer - 1 episode, 1973)
- The Last of the All-Rounders (1973) ... (deviser)
- Three's Company (1973) ... (writer)
 1973 The Upper Crusts (TV Series) (writer - 6 episodes)
- Putting on the Ritz (1973) ... (writer)
- A Tradition of Service (1973) ... (writer)
- Sitting Pretty (1973) ... (writer)
- One Door Opens (1973) ... (writer)
- By Endeavour Alone (1973) ... (writer)
 1972-1973 Play for Today (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Song at Twilight (1973) ... (writer)
- The Villa Maroc (1972) ... (writer)
  Queenie's Castle (TV Series) (6 episodes, 1972) (created and written by - 12 episodes, 1970 - 1971)
- The Patter of Tiny Feet (1972) ... (creator)
- Mr Faintheart (1972) ... (creator)
- England Expects (1972) ... (creator)
- The One That Got Away (1972) ... (creator)
- New Broom (1972) ... (creator)
  Budgie (TV Series) (2 episodes, 1971) (writer - 24 episodes, 1971 - 1972)
- Run Rabbit, Run Rabbit, Run, Run, Run (1972) ... (creator)
- Brief Encounter (1972) ... (creator)
- The Man Outside (1972) ... (creator)
- The Outside Man (1972) ... (creator)
- King for a Day (1972) ... (creator)
 1971-1972 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- They Don't All Open Men's Boutiques (1972) ... (writer)
- The Railwayman's New Clothes (1971) ... (writer)
 1971 Hallo, wer dort? (TV Movie) (play)
 1968-1970 Inside George Webley (TV Series) (writer - 12 episodes)
- The Light Is Dark Enough (1970) ... (writer)
- A Muse of Fire (1970) ... (writer)
- Brief Encounter (1970) ... (writer)
- A Lovesome Thing (1970) ... (writer)
- A Lean and Hungry Look (1970) ... (writer)
 1969 Lock Up Your Daughters! (writer)
 1968 According to Dora (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Creature Comforts (1968) ... (writer)
- Commerce and the Consumer (1968) ... (writer)
- Holidays and Leisure (1968) ... (writer)
- Love and Marriage (1968) ... (writer)
 1968 For Amusement Only (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Ticket (1968) ... (writer)
 1966-1967 The Frost Report (TV Series) (writer - 27 episodes)
- Showbusiness (1967) ... (writer)
- Youth (1967) ... (writer)
- Europe (1967) ... (writer)
- Crime (1967) ... (writer)
- Transport (1967) ... (writer)
 1966 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Come Laughing Home (1966) ... (writer)
 1966 Torn Curtain (contributor to screenplay - uncredited)
 1965 BBC 3 (TV Series)
 1965 Love Story (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Squat Betty (1965) ... (writer)
 1965 A World of Comedy (TV Mini-Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- I'll Get It in a Minute (1965) ... (written by)
 1965 Thursday Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Celebration (1965) ... (writer)
 1965 Pilkahdus merta (TV Movie)
 1964 The Sponge Room (TV Movie) (play)
 1964 First Night (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- How Many Angels (1964) ... (writer)
- All Things Bright and Beautiful (1964) ... (writer)
 1964 Drama 61-67 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Studio '64: The Happy Moorings (1964) ... (writer)
 1964 The Winston Affair (screenplay)
 1962-1963 That Was the Week That Was (TV Series) (writer - 37 episodes)
- That Was the Year That Was (1963) ... (writer)
- Episode #2.12 (1963) ... (writer)
- Episode #2.11 (1963) ... (writer)
- Episode #2.10 (1963) ... (writer)
 1963 Das Ende vom Lied (TV Movie) (play: The Long and the Short and the Tall)
 1963 West 11 (screenplay)
 1963 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Sponge Room (1963)
 1963 Billy Liar (play) / (screenplay)
 1963 Het grote begin (TV Movie) (play)
 1962 Suspense (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- On the Night of the Murder (1962) ... (writer)
 1962 A Kind of Loving (screenplay)
 1962 The Valiant (screenplay)
 1961 Whistle Down the Wind (screenplay)
 1961 Jungle Fighters (additional dialogue) / (play)
 1960 Annual Outing (TV Movie)
 1959 A Ride on the Donkeys (TV Movie)
 1959 Saturday Playhouse (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1959 The Long and the Short and the Tall (TV Movie) (writer)
 1958 Air Mail from Cyprus (TV Movie)
 1958 Television Playwright (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1957 The Claverdon Road Job (TV Movie)
 1957 The Royal Astrologers (TV Movie) (play)
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Stage Play: Help Stamp Out Marriage! Comedy. Written by Keith Waterhouse [earliest Broadway credit] and Willis Hall [earliest Broadway credit]. Directed by George Abbott. Booth Theatre: 29 Sep 1966- 15 Oct 1966 (20 performances + 2 previews that began on 27 Sep 1966). Cast: Ann Bell (as "Valerie Pitman"), Valerie French (as "Sarah Lord"), ... See more »
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Prolific British playwright and screenwriter, often in collaboration with his childhood friend Keith Waterhouse. He was the son of a fitter in an engineering plant. His first job was in journalism after dropping out of school at the age of fourteen. He then joined the trawler crews sailing from Hull, and became a professional soldier. He took up writing plays while stationed in Malaya. He ... See more »

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