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Christopher Neame obituary

20 July 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Producer and writer behind a string of popular TV series

The producer Christopher Neame, who has died of an aneurysm aged 68, found his greatest success in television, making popular series such as Danger Uxb (1979), about a second world war bomb-disposal unit; The Flame Trees of Thika (1981), adapted from Elspeth Huxley's book about British settlers in Kenya; The Irish Rm (1983-85); and Soldier Soldier (1991-97).

His father, Ronald Neame, was a director and cinematographer who co-produced and co-wrote Brief Encounter and Great Expectations for David Lean. Ronald's father, Elwin, was a director who worked in silent films, as did Elwin's wife, the actor Ivy Close. Noël Coward was Christopher's godfather.

Inevitably, Neame grew up immersed in the film business. Born in Windsor, Berkshire, he attended the King's school, Canterbury, but spent much of his time at Pinewood studios, where his father worked. He regularly rubbed shoulders with the stars – on »

- Anthony Hayward

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Phone hacking: Sienna Miller accepts £100,000 from News of the World

13 May 2011 5:27 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor is first celebrity to settle claim since tabloid admitted hacking several public figures' voicemail messages

Sienna Miller has accepted £100,000 compensation from the News of the World after it accepted unconditional liability for her phone-hacking claims.

The unexpected agreement came midway through a high court battle with the paper. The actor is the first celebrity to settle a claim since the tabloid, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Group Newspapers (Ngn), last month admitted hacking the phones of several public figures. The settlement is the highest privacy award to date; Ngn will also pay Miller's legal costs.

Michael Silverleaf QC, Ngn's barrister, had previously claimed Miller's case could result in £400,000 in damages. He told the court this would be a "ludicrous" sum.

Separately, it emerged that James Hewitt, the man who became famous for his affair with Princess Diana, is poised to sue for invasion of privacy. He will issue »

- Amelia Hill

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