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Voytek obituary

15 August 2014 9:53 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Stage and screen designer remembered for his many elegant masterstrokes

Voytek, who has died aged 89, brought distinctive vitality and creative adaptability to productions for theatre, film and television. His work ranged from theatre design to credits as a director, producer and writer of TV drama. In the 1960s and 70s, he directed episodes of Callan, Man at the Top, The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, Frankenstein and Special Branch. He was producer for The Pilgrim's Progress (1967), and wrote Judas (1966) and Two's a Crowd (1978). But Voytek is best remembered for the many elegant masterstrokes of production design that resulted from his sharp wit and incisive analysis of a screenplay.

He was dubbed Voytek by the theatre director George Devine, who deemed it more memorable than his given name, Wojciech Roman Pawel Jerzy Szendzikowski. Son of Wadysaw, a doctor, and Maria, Wojciech was born and brought up in Warsaw. »

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