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Director QUENTIN LAWRENCE


Quentin Lawrence
Born 6 November 1920 - Died 9 March 1979 (58)

Quentin Lawrence was a director/producer (and sometime writer) mainly associated with television in England from the mid-'50s onward, although he did helm a handful of feature films. Across his 25-year career, in either medium, he specialized in action/adventure and thriller material. According to film historian David Del Valle, Lawrence was trained as a nuclear scientist. After the Second World War, however, he abandoned that field, and in the early '50s he started working in the then-new medium of television. His earliest credits date from 1955, and the newly established ITV network in England, which consisted of a patchwork of services across the British isles. ITV was conceived and authorized as a competitor to the BBC, which had previously enjoyed a virtual monopoly on the video airwaves; the fledgling network was sustained and fed by an array of small production companies including ATV, which was where Lawrence did most of his early work.

Lawrence's earliest credit as a director was on ITV Television Playhouse, and a program called A Question of Fact, which he also produced. In the fall of the following year, he became associated with ITV's Saturday Serial, and co-directed (with Arthur Lane) The Strange World of Planet X, starring Helen Cherry, David Garth, and William Lucas, about a scientist's potentially dangerous experiments with time travel. Lawrence and author Renee Ray showed something of a golden touch with this seven-part miniseries, as it proved sufficiently intriguing to get transformed -- albeit with a considerable rewrite -- into a feature film two years later (released in the U.S. as The Cosmic Monsters). Lawrence handled one installment of the anthology series Lilli Palmer Theatre, and then helmed the six-part miniseries The Trollenberg Terror, which ran from mid-December of 1956 into January of 1957. This production was so successful that it, too, became the basis for a feature film, which Lawrence also directed. The last movie produced at West London's Southall Studios, it was a solid big-screen debut for Lawrence, showing off his ability within the constraints of a low budget and a very fast shooting schedule to move a story along well and rapidly, leaping past the least logical elements in the script while making the most of the suspense and horror, although to some extent he was let down by the special-effects department.

Lawrence stuck to television for the remainder of the decade, helming episodes of William Tell and The Invisible Man, and moving on to the long-running Coronation Street. His second feature film was the thriller Cash on Demand, starring Peter Cushing, Andre Morell, and Richard Vernon, released in 1963. He followed this, amid a very busy schedule of work on Danger Man (aka Secret Agent, for which he also wrote some scripts), The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre, and The Avengers, with the thrillers The Man Who Finally Died (1963, starring Stanley Baker, Peter Cushing, and Nigel Green) and The Secret of Blood Island (1964), a World War II prisoner-of-war drama scripted by John Gilling.

The remainder of Lawrence's career would be confined almost entirely to television, and series such as The Baron, Public Eye, Doomwatch, and numerous other programs, mostly in the thriller category. He also served in an uncredited capacity as aerial unit director on Harry Saltzman's gargantuan production of Battle of Britain (1969), directed by Guy Hamilton. Lawrence remained busy as a director and producer on television right up until his death at age 58. Information courtesy of Bruce Eder, All Movie Guide

Doomwatch Filmography

Flood (1972) TV episode
Hair Trigger (1972) TV episode
Quentin Lawrence - Director

A Month in the Country (1985) (V)

"Strangers" (1978) TV series (unknown episodes)

"The Ghosts of Motley Hall" (16 episodes, 1976-1978)
   - Party Piece (1978) TV episode
    - Ghost Writer (1978) TV episode
    - Family Tree (1978) TV episode
    - Horoscope (1977) TV episode
    - Ghost of a Chance (1977) TV episode
      (11 more)

"Crown Court" (7 episodes, 1973-1975)
   - Who Killed Cock Robin? (1975) TV episode
    - Songbirds Out of Tune (1975) TV episode
    - Who Cares (1975) TV episode
    - Beloved Alien (1974) TV episode
    - Murder Most Foul (1973) TV episode
      (2 more)

"Village Hall" (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
   - Battleground (1975) TV episode
    - There'll Almost Always Be an England (1974) TV episode

"Sam" (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
   - Compensation (1975) TV episode
    - In the Midst of Plenty (1975) TV episode
    - Half a Loaf (1974) TV episode

"Coronation Street" (2 episodes, 1974)
... aka "Corrie" (UK: informal title)
... aka "The Street" (UK: informal title)
    - Episode #1.1434 (1974) TV episode (film sequences)
    - Episode #1.1384 (1974) TV episode

"The View from Daniel Pike" (3 episodes, 1971-1973)
   - Pig in the Middle (1973) TV episode
    - Away Match (1973) TV episode
    - Philomena and the Tattie-Howkers (1971) TV episode

"The Brothers" (1972) TV series (unknown episodes)

"A Family at War" (1 episode, 1972)
   - Under New Management (1972) TV episode

"Armchair Theatre" (1 episode, 1971)
... aka "Armpit Theatre" (UK: informal title)
    - Man Charged (1971) TV episode

"Albert and Victoria" (7 episodes, 1970-1971)
   - Rise, Sir Albert (1971) TV episode
    - The Old Suitor (1971) TV episode
    - The Elopement (1971) TV episode
    - The Inheritance (1971) TV episode
    - The Birthday Present (1971) TV episode
      (2 more)

"Public Eye" (4 episodes, 1966-1971)
   - A Mug Named Frank (1971) TV episode
    - But What Good Will Truth Do? (1968) TV episode
    - No, No, Nothing Like That (1966) TV episode
    - You're Not Cinderella, Are You? (1966) TV episode

"Happy Ever After" (1 episode, 1970)
   - Dont Walk Away (1970) TV episode

"The Adventures of Don Quick" (1 episode, 1970)
   - People Isn't Everything (1970) TV episode

"Big Brother" (1 episode, 1970)
   - A Little Bit Like a God (1970) TV episode

"Catweazle" (13 episodes, 1970)
   - The Trickery Lantern (1970) TV episode
    - The Wisdom of Solomon (1970) TV episode
    - The Flying Broomsticks (1970) TV episode
    - The House of the Sorcerer (1970) TV episode
    - The Demi Devil (1970) TV episode
      (8 more)

"Riptide" (6 episodes, 1969)
   - Flight of the Curlew (1969) TV episode
    - Good Friday Island (1969) TV episode
    - Game for Three Hands (1969) TV episode
    - Turnabout (1969) TV episode
    - Brethren Island (1969) TV episode
      (1 more)

"The Gamblers" (2 episodes, 1967)
   - The Wrecker (1967) TV episode
    - When the Chips Are Down (1967) TV episode

"Trapped" (1 episode, 1967)
   - You're a Brave Man, Jack (1967) TV episode

"ITV Play of the Week" (1 episode, 1967)
... aka "Play of the Week" (UK: short title)
    - ITV Summer Playhouse #5: The Big Killing (1967) TV episode

"Armchair Thriller" (1 episode, 1967)
   - Depart in Terror (1967) TV episode

"The Baron" (1 episode, 1967)
   - The Edge of Fear (1967) TV episode

"L'amateur ou S.O.S. Fernand" (1 episode, 1967)
   - La vicomtesse (1967) TV episode

"Drama 61-67" (3 episodes, 1963-1966)
   - Drama '66: The Assassin at the Door (1966) TV episode
    - Drama '63: Someboy's Dying (1963) TV episode
    - Drama '63: This Is Not King's Cross (1963) TV episode

"Redcap" (3 episodes, 1966)
   - Peterson's Private Army (1966) TV episode
    - Rough Justice (1966) TV episode
    - The Pride of the Regiment (1966) TV episode

"The Power Game" (1 episode, 1966)
   - Trade Secret (1966) TV episode

"The Avengers" (1 episode, 1965)
   - The Gravediggers (1965) TV episode

"Gideon's Way" (1 episode, 1965)
... aka "Gideon C.I.D." (USA)
    - Gang War (1965) TV episode

"Danger Man" (3 episodes, 1964-1965)
... aka "Secret Agent aka Danger Man" (USA: video box title)

... aka "Secret Agent" (USA)
    - The Affair at Castelevara (1965) TV episode
    - That's Two of Us Sorry (1965) TV episode
    - A Date with Doris (1964) TV episode
The Secret of Blood Island (1964)
... aka P.O.W.: Prisoners of War
"The Plane Makers" (6 episodes, 1963-1964)
   - A Lesson for Corbett (1964) TV episode
    - Strings in Whitehall (1963) TV episode
    - Don't Stick Your Head Out (1963) TV episode
    - Too Much to Lose (1963) TV episode
    - One of Those Days (1963) TV episode
      (1 more)

"ITV Sunday Night Drama" (1 episode, 1964)
   - Sunday Mystery Theatre: The Primitives (1964) TV episode

"The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre" (2 episodes, 1962-1964)
... aka "Edgar Wallace" (UK)
... aka "Tales of Edgar Wallace" (UK)
    - We Shall See (1964) TV episode
    - Playback (1962) TV episode

The Man Who Finally Died (1963)
"Love Story" (1 episode, 1963)
   - The Kiss of Truth (1963) TV episode
"Sergeant Cork" (1963) TV series (unknown episodes)
Cash on Demand (1961)
"The Voodoo Factor" (6 episodes, 1959-1960)
... aka "The Saturday Serial: Voodoo Factor" (UK)
    - Operation Lifeboat (1960) TV episode
    - The Missing Factor (1960) TV episode
    - The Elixir (1960) TV episode
    - The Spiders (1959) TV episode
    - The Professor (1959) TV episode
      (1 more)

"Invisible Man" (6 episodes, 1959)
... aka "H.G.Wells' Invisible Man" (UK: complete title)
... aka "Invisible Man: The Original Series" (Australia)
    - The Rocket (1959) TV episode
    - The White Rabbit (1959) TV episode
    - The Decoy (1959) TV episode
    - Man in Disguise (1959) TV episode
    - The Prize (1959) TV episode
      (1 more)

"The Man Who Finally Died" (1 episode, 1959)
... aka "Saturday Serial: The Man Who Finally Died" (UK)
    - The Call (1959) TV episode
"William Tell" (6 episodes, 1958-1959)
... aka "The Adventures of William Tell"
    - The Mountain People (1959) TV episode
    - The Black Brothers (1959) TV episode
    - The Ensign (1959) TV episode
    - The Trap (1959) TV episode
    - The Bride (1958) TV episode
      (1 more)

The Trollenberg Terror (1958)
... aka Creature from Another World
... aka The Crawling Eye (USA)
... aka The Creeping Eye
... aka The Flying Eye
... aka Trollenberg Horror (UK)

"Web" (1957) TV series
... aka "Saturday Serial: Web" (UK)

"The Gentle Killers" (1957) TV series

"The Trollenberg Terror" (6 episodes, 1956-1957)
... aka "Saturday Serial: The Trollenberg Terror" (UK)
    - Episode #1.6 (1957) TV episode
    - The Trap (1957) TV episode
    - The Power of the Ixodes (1957) TV episode
    - The Giggle of Madness (1956) TV episode
    - First Blood (1956) TV episode
      (1 more)

"The Strange World of Planet X" (4 episodes, 1956)
... aka "Saturday Serial: The Strange World of Planet X" (UK)
    - Episode #1.6 (1956) TV episode
    - Episode #1.5 (1956) TV episode
    - The Dimension Discovered (1956) TV episode
    - The Terrible Cabinet (1956) TV episode

"Adventures of Noddy" (1955) TV series (unknown episodes, 1955)

"ITV Television Playhouse" (1 episode, 1955)
   - A Question of Fact (1955) TV episode

"Lilli Palmer Theatre" (1 episode)
... aka "Theatre Royal" (UK)
    - The Lovebirds (????) TV episode

Producer:

"Rich Tea and Sympathy" (1991) TV series (executive producer) (unknown episodes)

"The Ghosts of Motley Hall" (producer) (18 episodes, 1976-1978)
   - Party Piece (1978) TV episode (producer)
    - Skeleton in the Cupboard: Part 2 (1978) TV episode (producer)
    - Skeleton in the Cupboard: Part 1 (1978) TV episode (producer)
    - Ghost Writer (1978) TV episode (producer)
    - Family Tree (1978) TV episode (producer)
      (13 more)

"Crown Court" (producer) (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
   - Flight of the Lapwing (1974) TV episode (producer)
    - With Menaces (1974) TV episode (producer)
    - Hidden Scars (1974) TV episode (producer)
    - The Dogs (1974) TV episode (producer)
    - Murder Most Foul (1973) TV episode (producer)
      (11 more)

"Albert and Victoria" (producer) (6 episodes, 1971)
   - Rise, Sir Albert (1971) TV episode (producer)
    - The Old Suitor (1971) TV episode (producer)
    - The Elopement (1971) TV episode (producer)
    - The Inheritance (1971) TV episode (producer)
    - The Birthday Present (1971) TV episode (producer)
      (1 more)

"Catweazle" (producer) (13 episodes, 1970)
   - The Trickery Lantern (1970) TV episode (producer)
    - The Wisdom of Solomon (1970) TV episode (producer)
    - The Flying Broomsticks (1970) TV episode (producer)
    - The House of the Sorcerer (1970) TV episode (producer)
    - The Demi Devil (1970) TV episode (producer)
      (8 more)

"Drama 61-67" (producer) (5 episodes, 1961-1963)
   - Drama '63: Someboy's Dying (1963) TV episode (producer)
    - Drama '63: This Is Not King's Cross (1963) TV episode (producer)
    - Drama '62: Peace with Terror (1962) TV episode (producer)
    - Drama '62: The Key (1962) TV episode (producer)
    - Drama '61: Torment (1961) TV episode (producer)

"Theatre 70" (producer) (1 episode, 1960)
   - The Gold Inside (1960) TV episode (producer)

"Suspense" (producer) (1 episode, 1960)
   - Point of Honour (1960) TV episode (producer)

"The Voodoo Factor" (producer) (6 episodes, 1959-1960)
... aka "The Saturday Serial: Voodoo Factor" (UK)
    - Operation Lifeboat (1960) TV episode (producer)
    - The Missing Factor (1960) TV episode (producer)
    - The Elixir (1960) TV episode (producer)
    - The Spiders (1959) TV episode (producer)
    - The Professor (1959) TV episode (producer)
      (1 more)

The Man Who Finally Died" (producer) (1 episode, 1959)
... aka "Saturday Serial: The Man Who Finally Died" (UK)
    - The Call (1959) TV episode (producer)

"Web" (1957) TV series (producer)
... aka "Saturday Serial: Web" (UK)

"The Gentle Killers" (1957) TV series (producer)

"The Trollenberg Terror" (producer) (6 episodes, 1956-1957)

... aka "Saturday Serial: The Trollenberg Terror" (UK)
    - Episode #1.6 (1957) TV episode (producer)
    - The Trap (1957) TV episode (producer)
    - The Power of the Ixodes (1957) TV episode (producer)
    - The Giggle of Madness (1956) TV episode (producer)
    - First Blood (1956) TV episode (producer)
      (1 more)

"The Strange World of Planet X" (producer) (4 episodes, 1956)
... aka "Saturday Serial: The Strange World of Planet X" (UK)
    - Episode #1.6 (1956) TV episode (producer)
    - Episode #1.5 (1956) TV episode (producer)
    - The Dimension Discovered (1956) TV episode (producer)
    - The Terrible Cabinet (1956) TV episode (producer)

"ITV Television Playhouse" (producer) (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
   - The Old Ladies (1956) TV episode (producer)
    - A Question of Fact (1955) TV episode (producer)

Miscellaneous Crew:

Battle of Britain (1969) (aerial unit director) (uncredited)
... aka The Battle of Britain (USA: DVD title)

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