Did You Know?
We're not producers. We're psychologists. The great trick is when you want to tell the talent something they don't want to hear, you always say "We don't think it would be a good idea...". It never fails. [interview with The Independent in 2007]
He joined the BBC in 1956, after having directed fellow student Jonathan Miller
in a school revue. His first job was as a lowly "call boy" (runner), alongside fellow newcomer Michael Winner
, bringing on guests for the Billy Cotton Band Show.