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Prolific and talented writer of dialogue for television dramas and sitcoms
Julia Jones, who has died aged 92, was a prominent and versatile television writer for more than 40 years, contributing one-off dramas to both the BBC’s Play for Today series and ITV’s Armchair Theatre, making adaptations of Our Mutual Friend and Anne of Green Gables, and writing episodes of The Duchess of Duke Street and sharply turned sitcoms such as Take Three Girls and Moody and Pegg in the 1970s.
Jones, who hailed from a modest Liverpool background, trained as an actor and toured with Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop immediately after the second world war. She took up writing as an economic imperative: while raising a young family, her husband, the actor Edmond “Benny” Bennett, was afflicted with facial cancer which, in the days when the effects of radiotherapy were more haphazard, developed into bone necrosis; he was unable to carry on working. »
- Michael Coveney
Bandit will create and produce original dramas for the U.K. market, which will be distributed globally by Endemol Shine Intl.
Giles, who takes the role of managing director at Bandit, was at the BBC for more than 25 years. Among the shows she exec produced was long-running procedural hit “Silent Witness,” which she revamped with a new cast led by Emilia Fox. Other credits included BAFTA-winning “Our Mutual Friend” and Emmy Award-winner “Jane Eyre.” She won a BAFTA in 1990 with her first producer credit on “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.”
“Over my years at the BBC I’ve developed many important relationships, and had a lot of fun along the way. At Bandit, I plan to continue to embrace the »
- Leo Barraclough
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