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Welcome to the latest edition of our regular crowdfunding feature here on Nerdly – Back This! – where we take a look at some of the cool content taking the crowdfunding route on sites such as Indiegogo, Sponsume and Kickstarter. This edition we’re spotlighting a very special crowdfunding campaign which is also a tribute to well-known and well-respected film and TV screenwriter Brian Clemens…
The horror short Surgery was the title of the last script to involve the great British TV and film screenwriter Brian Clemens before he sadly passed away in January 2015. His sons George and Samuel, in tribute to their late father, have shot Surgery and want to invite you to help them raise the £4,000 needed to cover the post-production, CGI and film festival costs.
For those genre fans who’ve been living in a cave for the last 50 years or are just a little too young to have »
- Stuart Wright
We pay tribute to Brian Clemens, a screenwriter and producer whose work lit up 1970s cult TV and beyond...
Brian Clemens, who died earlier this week aged 83, was a highly respected screenwriter and producer both for TV and Film. He will chiefly be remembered for his work on The Avengers, The New Avengers and The Professionals but his credits were numerous and encapsulated a real golden age of cult, escapist television from the 1950s onwards.
Clemens was born in Croydon in July 1931. He spent his National Service as a Weapons Training Instructor. After spending time as a copywriter, he established himself as a scriptwriter - sometimes using the pseudonym "Tony O'Grady" - O'Grady being his mother's maiden name. He received his first commission from the BBC at the age of 24 - a thriller called Valid For Single Journey Only. He went on to write for many of the big TV »
British screenwriter Brian Clemens died over the weekend, his family confirmed to the BBC. He was 83.
As the writer and producer of series including “The Avengers,” “The New Avengers” and “The Professionals,” Clemens is lauded as one of the definitive writers of the British action-adventure television genre that exploded in the 1960s and ’70s.
Clemens also went on to write for U.S.-based shows including “Remington Steele,” “Perry Mason” and “Highlander.” His feature film credits include “The Golden Voyage of Sinbad” and “Highlander II: The Quickening.”
Brian Clemens had more great ideas than almost any other TV writer. His mantra was wonderfully simple – "Arse to chair, pen to paper". Rip.
— Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) January 12, 2015
Queen Elizabeth II of England distinguished Clemens in 2010 with the Order of the British Empire honor for his services to broadcasting and drama. »
- Marianne Zumberge
Horror lovers and fans of cult TV were saddened today by news of the death of writer Brian Clemens, the man who created iconic Sixties secret agent series The Avengers and contributed to the likes of The Professionals, Adam Adamant Lives! and Danger Man. Working with Hammer Horror, he penned cult favourite Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter as well as chillers like The Tell-Tale Heart and Dr. Jekyll And Sister Hyde, plus hit adventure thriller The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad, which featured work by the late, great Ray Harryhausen.
Clemens also worked in production, and his decision to cast Diana Rigg and Joanna Lumley in The Avengers made international stars of them both. He wrote several plays for the theatre, and in 2010 he received an OBE for services to Broadcasting and to Drama
Clemens is survived by sons George and Samuel. According to the latter, »
- Jennie Kermode
The writer and producer Brian Clemens, who has died aged 83, was responsible for hundreds of hours of escapist television entertainment, including such enduringly popular programmes as The Avengers and The Professionals.
Even though he did not create The Avengers, Clemens was involved in the show from its first episode, in 1961, which he co-wrote. The series was originally conceived as a straightforward action-adventure vehicle for Ian Hendry, whose character, David Keel, was assisted by the mysterious John Steed, played by Patrick Macnee. When Hendry left after a year, an increasingly debonair Macnee was paired with Honor Blackman as the leather-clad Cathy Gale and a more offbeat tone emerged. After this successful transformation, and in order to be sold to America, the series began to be made on film, with Clemens becoming associate producer thanks to his experience in the medium. »
- Toby Hadoke
Screenwriter and producer Brian Clemens has passed away at age 83 in his native England. Clemens wrote scripts for some of the most revered British television programs of the 1960s and 1970s including "Danger Man" (aka "Secret Agent"), "The Avengers", "The Persuaders", "The Professionals", "The Baron" and "The New Avengers". Clemens also produced or executive produced several of the aforementioned shows. He also contributed single episode scripts for other popular shows including "Highlander", "The Protectors" and "Remington Steele". Clemens wrote numerous scripts for "Father Dowling Mysteries" and three "Perry Mason" TV movies in the early 1990s. A prolific writer, he also wrote screenplays for feature films beginning in the 1950s. His credits include "Station Six Sahara", "The Corrupt Ones" (aka "The Peking Medallion"), "See No Evil", "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad", Disney's "The Watcher in the Woods", "Highlander II: The Quickening" and the Hammer horror film "Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter »
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Prolific screenwriter and producer Brian Clemens passed away over the weekend, his family confirmed to the BBC. He was 83. Clemens’ career spanned over five decades in television and film in both the UK and the U.S. But, he was perhaps most closely associated with the 1960s and 70s classic TV series, The Avengers and The Professionals. Born in 1931 in Croydon, Clemens worked his way up from messenger boy to copywriter at the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency. On the… »
- Nancy Tartaglione
TV writer and producer Brian Clemens has died, aged 83.
Honoured by the Queen in 2010 for services to broadcasting and drama, he passed away on Saturday (January 10), his family confirmed.
Clemens also wrote and produced for Hammer Films, while also co-writing the story for Highlander II: The Quickening.
He was also involved in The Elstree Project, whose spokesman said: "Brian gave his support and time to The Elstree Project and is featured in our documentary film, through clips from the oral history interview he gave to us, as well »
Brian Clemens, one of the defining writers of British television in the 20th century, has passed away aged 83. Best known for his work on The Avengers and numerous other cult series of the telefantasy genre, he also scripted shows across the pond such as Diagnosis: Murder and created my own personal favourite The Professionals. Still shown on ITV4 to this day, it concerned the adventures of a pair of laddish hard men operating for fictional government department CI5, and put stars Martin Shaw and the late Lewis Collins on the map.
Born in Croydon, Clemens had his first short story published before hitting his teens and went on to write for television and film full time after a stint in advertising. He performed scribbling duties on a wide variety of programmes including Danger Man and Richard The Lionheart, but it was delivering the pilot episode of The Avengers that made his name. »
- Steve Palace
9 items from 2015
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