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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 1 April 1917Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date of Death 30 October 1997Toronto, Ontario, Canada  (heart attack)
Birth NameSydney Cecil Newman

Mini Bio (1)

Sydney Newman was born on April 1, 1917 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Sydney Cecil Newman. He was a writer and producer, known for The Avengers (1961), The Avengers (1998) and Doctor Who (1963). He was married to Elizabeth McRae. He died on October 30, 1997 in Toronto.

Spouse (1)

Elizabeth McRae (1944 - 1981) (her death) (3 children)

Trivia (3)

As one of the most powerful men in British television during the 1960s, Sydney Newman was responsible for television legends such as The Avengers (1961), Doctor Who (1963), The Wednesday Play: Cathy Come Home (1966) and The Forsyte Saga (1967).
Head of BBC Drama (1962 - 1967).
Head of ABC (Associated British Corporation) Drama (1958 - 1962).

Personal Quotes (3)

Damn the upper classes -- they don't even own televisions!
We required a new programme that would bridge the state of mind of sports fans, and the teenage pop music audience, while attracting and holding the children's audience accustomed to their Saturday afternoon serial. It had to be a children's programme and still attract both teenagers and adults. Also, as a children's programme, I was intent upon it containing basic factual information that could be described as educational, or, at least, mind opening for them. So my first thought was of a time-space machine with contemporary characters who would be able to travel forward and backward in time, and inward and outward in space. All the stories were to be based on scientific or historical facts as we knew them at the time. (On his inspiration for Doctor Who (1963))
I came to Britain at a crucial time in 1958 when the seeds of Look Back in Anger (1959) were beginning to flower. I am proud that I played some part in the recognition that the working man was a fit subject for drama, and not just a comic foil in middle-class manners.

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