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Michael Hayes obituary

14 October 2014 9:47 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

My father, Michael Hayes, the television director and producer, and former Shakespearean actor, who has died aged 85, is best known for directing 14 episodes of Doctor Who (with Tom Baker, 1978-79), An Age of Kings (1960) and The Promise (1969). He gave Julie Christie her screen debut in the seminal science-fiction serial A for Andromeda (1961), directing all seven episodes. His directorial work also included episodes of Z-Cars, Maigret, Sherlock Holmes, Take Three Girls, The Troubleshooters, The Onedin Line, When the Boat Comes In and All Creatures Great and Small.

Michael was born in Barking, Essex, son of Thomas Hayes, a civil servant, and his wife, Alice (nee Tindale), who died when Michael was two. He was evacuated to Yorkshire in 1940, and was educated at Harrogate grammar school. In 1944, aged 15, Michael was "discovered" by the playwright Falkland Cary and given a principal role in Cary's play Burning Gold, at the Royal Hall theatre, Harrogate. »

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