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Robert Banks Stewart (1931–2016)

Robert Banks Stewart had an incredible career in British television drama, becoming one of its greatest ever writers, story editors and producers. He started writing in primary school, winning a Burns essay prize and contributing stories to local newspapers. At age 15, he left school to become an office boy at the Edinburgh Evening Dispatch. He ... See full bio »

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Known For

Shoestring Writer
(1979-1980)
The Avengers Writer
(1965-1966)
(1986)
Riptide Writer
(1969)

Filmography

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  Doctor Who (TV Series) (characters: "Zygons" - 2 episodes, 2015) (Zygons created by - 1 episode, 2013)
- The Zygon Inversion (2015) ... (characters: "Zygons")
- The Zygon Invasion (2015) ... (characters: "Zygons")
- The Day of the Doctor (2013) ... (Zygons created by)
 2011 Doctor Who: The Foe from the Future (TV Mini-Series) (written by)
 2001-2003 My Uncle Silas (TV Series) (adaptation - 7 episodes)
- The Christening (2003) ... (adaptation)
- A Happy Man (2003) ... (adaptation)
- The Race (2003) ... (adaptation)
- Shandy Lil (2003) ... (adaptation)
- Finger Wet, Finger Dry (2003) ... (adaptation)
 1992 Moon and Son (TV Series) (creator)
  Bergerac (TV Series) (series created by - 87 episodes, 1981 - 1991) (by - 7 episodes, 1981 - 1989)
- All for Love (1991) ... (series created by)
- The Lohans (1991) ... (series created by)
- The Assassin (1991) ... (series created by)
- Warriors (1991) ... (series created by)
- The Waiting Game (1991) ... (series created by)
 1991 The Darling Buds of May (TV Series) (adaptation - 2 episodes)
- A Breath of French Air: Part 2 (1991) ... (adaptation)
- A Breath of French Air: Part 1 (1991) ... (adaptation)
  Call Me Mister (TV Series) (creator - 1 episode, 1986) (written by - 1 episode, 1986)
- Running Time (1986) ... (creator)
- Longshot (1986) ... (written by)
  Shoestring (TV Series) (creator - 21 episodes, 1979 - 1980) (writer - 1 episode, 1979)
- The Dangerous Game (1980) ... (creator)
- Where Was I? (1980) ... (creator)
- Another Man's Castle (1980) ... (creator)
- Looking for Mr Wright (1980) ... (creator)
- Utmost Good Faith (1980) ... (creator)
 1979-1980 Charles Endell, Esq (TV Series) (writer - 5 episodes)
- Stuff Me a Flamingo (1980) ... (writer)
- Slaughter on Piano Street (1979) ... (writer)
- Glasgow Belongs to Me (1979) ... (writer)
  Jukes of Piccadilly (TV Series) (deviser - 4 episodes, 1980) (writer - 2 episodes, 1980)
- Dulverton Green: Part 2 (1980) ... (deviser)
- Dulverton Green: Part 1 (1980) ... (deviser)
- The Corcelli Medallion: Part 2 (1980) ... (writer)
 1980 Between the Covers (TV Movie)
 1977 Search and Rescue: The Alpha Team (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Down Under Dilemma ... (written by)
 1977 Owner Occupied (TV Movie) (written by)
 1977 Rooms (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Off To Devon? (1977) ... (writer)
- Episode #2.28 (1977) ... (writer)
- We Are All Pawns (1977) ... (writer)
 1975-1976 Sutherland's Law (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- The Hot Water Boat (1976) ... (writer)
- Blind Jump (1976) ... (writer)
- A Matter of Self-Defence (1975) ... (writer)
- A Murmur of Malice (1975) ... (writer)
 1975-1976 Doctor Who (TV Series) (written by - 10 episodes)
- The Seeds of Doom: Part Six (1976) ... (written by)
- The Seeds of Doom: Part Five (1976) ... (written by)
- The Seeds of Doom: Part Four (1976) ... (written by)
- The Seeds of Doom: Part Three (1976) ... (written by)
- The Seeds of Doom: Part Two (1976) ... (written by)
 1975 The Legend of Robin Hood (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Part 6 (1975) ... (writer)
- Part 3 (1975) ... (writer)
- Part 2 (1975) ... (writer)
 1975 The Sweeney (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Contact Breaker (1975) ... (written by - as Robert Banks-Stewart)
 1974 The Protectors (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Trial (1974) ... (writer)
  Arthur of the Britons (TV Series) (story - 3 episodes, 1973) (writer - 2 episodes, 1973)
- Six Measures of Silver (1973) ... (writer)
- The Prisoner (1973) ... (writer)
- Rowena (1973) ... (story)
- The Prize (1973) ... (story)
- The Slaves (1973) ... (story)
 1972 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Sharing the Honours (1972) ... (writer)
 1972 New Scotland Yard (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Fire in a Honey Pot (1972) ... (writer)
 1972 Jason King (TV Series) (screenplay - 1 episode)
- Every Picture Tells a Story (1972) ... (screenplay)
 1969 Special Branch (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Care of Her Majesty (1969) ... (writer)
 1969 Fraud Squad (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Biggest Borrower of All (1969) ... (writer)
  Riptide (TV Series) (written by - 3 episodes, 1969) (writer - 2 episodes, 1969)
- Game for Three Hands (1969) ... (written by)
- Lend a Helping Fist (1969) ... (written by)
- One Way to Nowhere (1969) ... (writer)
- The Dangerous Pick-Up (1969) ... (writer)
- Bound from California (1969) ... (written by)
  Callan (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 1967 - 1969) (by - 1 episode, 1969)
- Nice People Die at Home (1969) ... (by)
- You're Under Starter's Orders (1969) ... (writer)
- Goodbye, Nobby Clarke (1967) ... (writer)
 1968 Public Eye (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Memories of Meg (1968) ... (writer)
 1967 Danger Route (additional material - as Robert Stewart)
 1966 Intrigue (TV Series)
 1966 Armchair Theatre (TV Series) (story editor - 4 episodes)
- A Fair Swap (1966) ... (story editor)
- The Match (1966) ... (story editor)
- The Walls Came Tumbling Down (1966) ... (story editor)
- The Sweet War Man (1966) ... (story editor)
 1966 Adam Adamant Lives! (TV Series) (by - 1 episode)
- The Sweet Smell of Disaster (1966) ... (by)
 1965-1966 The Avengers (TV Series) (teleplay by - 2 episodes)
- Quick-Quick Slow Death (1966) ... (teleplay by)
- The Master Minds (1965) ... (teleplay by)
 1965 Undermind (TV Series) (written by - 3 episodes)
- Too Many Enemies (1965) ... (written by)
- Flowers of Havoc (1965) ... (written by)
- Instance One (1965) ... (written by)
 1965 Never Mention Murder (screenplay)
  Dr. Finlay's Casebook (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes, 1962 - 1965) (dramatisation - 1 episode, 1962)
- The Eternal Spring (1965) ... (writer)
- The Yellow Streak (1964) ... (writer)
- Carver Tam (1962) ... (writer - as Robert Stewart)
- What Money Can't Buy (1962) ... (writer - as Robert Stewart)
- The Quack (1962) ... (dramatisation - as Robert Stewart)
 1964 Downfall (screenplay - as Robert Stewart)
  The Human Jungle (TV Series) (story - 6 episodes, 1963 - 1964) (teleplay - 5 episodes, 1963 - 1964)
- Heartbeats in a Tin Box (1964) ... (story) / (teleplay)
- The 24-Hour Man (1964) ... (story) / (teleplay)
- A Woman with Scars (1963) ... (story - as Robert Stewart) / (teleplay - as Robert Stewart)
- Fine Feathers (1963) ... (story - as Robert Stewart) / (teleplay - as Robert Stewart)
- Thin Ice (1963) ... (story - as Robert Stewart)
 1960-1964 The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre (TV Series) (screenplay - 7 episodes)
- Never Mention Murder (1964) ... (screenplay)
- Downfall (1964) ... (screenplay - as Robert Stewart)
- Playback (1962) ... (screenplay - as Robert Stewart)
- Backfire! (1962) ... (screenplay - as Robert Stewart)
- The Sinister Man (1961) ... (screenplay - as Robert Stewart)
 1964 Thorndyke (TV Series) (dramatisation - 1 episode)
- Percival Bland's Brother (1964) ... (dramatisation)
 1963-1964 The Saint (TV Series) (screenplay by - 2 episodes)
- Sophia (1964) ... (screenplay by - as Robert Stewart)
- The Well Meaning Mayor (1963) ... (screenplay by - as Robert Stewart)
 1963 Zero One (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- The Golden Silence (1963) ... (as Robert Stewart)
- Danger on Cloud Seven (1963) ... (as Robert Stewart)
- Everybody's Uncle (1963) ... (as Robert Stewart)
 1963 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Ordeal of Dr. Shannon (1963) ... (writer - as Robert Stewart)
 1962 Backfire! (screenplay - as Robert Stewart)
 1962 Playback (screenplay - as Robert Stewart)
 1962 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Ordeal of Dr. Shannon (1962) ... (writer - as Robert Stewart)
 1962 The Brain (screenplay - as Robert Stewart)
 1962 Silent Evidence (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Driven to the Brink (1962) ... (writer - as Robert Stewart)
 1961 Partners in Crime (screenplay - as Robert Stewart)
 1961 The Sinister Man (screenplay - as Robert Stewart)
 1961 Top Secret (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Shakedown at Saramino (1961) ... (writer)
- The Little One Is Dangerous (1961) ... (writer)
 1961 Ghost Squad (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Eyes of the Bat (1961) ... (as Robert Stewart)
 1960-1961 Danger Man (TV Series) (screenplay - 2 episodes)
- The Relaxed Informer (1961) ... (screenplay - as Robert Stewart)
- The Prisoner (1960) ... (screenplay - as Robert Stewart)
 1960 Marriage of Convenience (screenplay - as Robert Stewart)
 1960 Knight Errant Limited (TV Series) (1 episode)
- A Shot in the Dark (1960) ... (as Robert B. Stewart)
  Interpol Calling (TV Series) (writer - 11 episodes, 1959 - 1960) (teleplay - 2 episodes, 1960)
- Desert Hi-Jack (1960) ... (writer - as Robert Stewart)
- Dressed to Kill (1960) ... (writer - as Robert Stewart)
- Eight Days Inclusive (1960) ... (writer - as Robert Stewart)
- The Three Keys (1960) ... (teleplay - as Robert Stewart)
- In the Swim (1960) ... (writer - as Robert Stewart)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Provided a commentary for the Doctor Who DVD "The Seeds of Doom". See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | See more »

Official Sites:

TV program site

Alternate Names:

Robert Banks-Stewart | Robert B. Stewart | Robert Stewart
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[in 2001] A programme like that would never get made today without having a household name, but back then I fought to have John Nettles play Bergerac (1981) because he was right for it. The programme went on to have 15 million viewers. See more »

Trivia:

The February 2016 BAFTA ceremony neglected to mention Banks Stewart among the people from film and television who had died over the previous year.

Nickname:

The Laird

Star Sign:

Cancer

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