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Alastair Reid obituary

9 September 2011 4:10 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Director of television drama, including the ground-breaking Tales of the City and Traffik

Alastair Reid, who has died aged 72, was one of Britain's finest directors of television drama. In 1989 he directed all six episodes of Simon Moore's epic drug drama Traffik for Channel 4, which won him both a Bafta and an International Emmy. The Oscar-winning film Traffic (2000) was based on the mini-series; the consensus among critics today is that Alastair's Traffik is the more successful of the two productions.

In 1991 he directed the five-part Selling Hitler, adapted by Howard Schuman from Robert Harris's book, with Barry Humphries as Rupert Murdoch and Alan Bennett as Hugh Trevor-Roper. Then came Tales of the City (1993), an adaptation by Richard Kramer of Armistead Maupin's novel set in the San Francisco of the 1970s, and the only instance to date of an American drama series being entirely funded by a British broadcaster – Channel 4. »

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Fox 2000 And Chernin Entertainment Acquire Robert Harris Novel 'The Fear Index'

14 June 2011 10:57 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Fox 2000 and Chernin Entertainment have teamed on a deal for screen rights to the upcoming Robert Harris novel The Fear Index, a thriller Knopf will publish in January in the Us after a September UK release. The pic will be produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark and Jenno Topping. I'd initially heard that director Paul Greengrass might be involved, but his reps say that while he and the author go back to their BBC days, the filmmaker isn't part of this deal. The thriller involves a scientist who figures out how to use a revolutionary system of computer algorithms to trade on the world's financial markets. His hedge fund, which is built around the standard measure of market volatility--called the Fear Index--reaps huge returns. Late one night while he's asleep with his wife in their house beside Lake Geneva, an intruder awakens them. Over the course of a day, »


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