He directed Keith Waterhouse's play, "Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell," at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London, England with Peter O'Toole in the cast.
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In a long career of happy accidents, perhaps the most useful was to have been born in 1931 and to complete National Service, Oxford, and bar exams precisely in time for the opening of commercial television. (from his autobiography)
He was born to a farming family in Somerset. He studied law at Oxford, and there became involved in the theatre. He trained as a barrister and was called to the bar in 1955. His legal career was abandoned when a friend offered him a job as a producer at Associated Television.