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Writer, Producer and Director TERENCE DUDLEY

Terence Dudley
Born 28 September 1919 - Died 25 December 1988.

Terence Dudley joined the BBC in 1958 and worked with them throughout his life in various capacities including producing and directing for several years.

He started his career in weekly rep, notably at the theatres at Ventnor and St Helier, where he failed to escape the Channel Islands before the German Invasion which gave him the inspiration for at least one of his plays and his unfinished novel "Some were enemies" and at the Grand in Swansea in 1953 (in direct opposition to Maudie Edward’s newly refurbished Palace Theatre)

He wrote a number of plays. "Theatre Scandal" cleverly using the familiar repertory cast of the theatre in question s themselves in a mystery foreshadowing Frayn’s rather better known "Noises off".  A Piece of Resistance,  which was a BBC play for Today paid for his honeymoon, and finally "The Woman Problem" which translated into German by Walter Schanzer und Erwin Strahl as Andere Laender; Andere Sitten, had its premiere in Vienna in 1988 and which he was happily able to attend before his death on Christmas morning of that year.

Other credits included, The Regiment;  Colditz; Secret Army; To Serve them All my Days:  Flesh and Blood and The First Lady. The late Dame Thora Hird with whom he had worked in the latter two programmes spoke at his memorial Service at St Paul’s Covent Garden (the Actors’ Church), highlighting his passion for the narrative simplicity of drama telling a story, and his generosity. 

Terence Dudley Dudley produced all three series Doomwatch on the first two series alongside Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis and was also producer on the Science Fiction series The Big Pull and the original BBC TV post-apocalyptic drama series Survivors  written by Terry Nation, although the two did not see eye-to-eye on how the series should evolve.

He directed episodes of Doomwatch, Out of the Unknown, Softly, Softly, Detective, Colditz, Survivors, To Serve Them All My Days, Secret Army, All Creatures Great and Small and Doctor Who (Meglos).

He also wrote for Doomwatch, the Wednesday Play (A Piece of Resistance, 1966), Survivors and three Doctor Who  stories during Peter Davison’s era on the show (Four to Doomsday, Black Orchid, The King's Demons), and the pilot of Who-spin-off K9 and Company starring Elizabeth Sladen.

Prior to his Who adaptations, Dudley had written two adventure books for children, published in hardback by John Goodchild Publishers. They were Darcy and his Snake (1984) and Darcy and the Colonel's Goat (1986).

Terence is remembered by many fans of the Survivors television series as its long-standing producer and regular director. He also wrote the script for the season 3 premiere episode, entitled Manhunt. His son, Stephen Dudley, had a regular part in the program.

In 1980 he directed the  Doctor Who story Meglos for John Nathan-Turner. In the same year he turned down the offer to produce the fourth series of Blake’s 7 when David Maloney was re-assigned before it was known that a fourth season would be made and this was assigned to Vere Lorrimer. Terence turned the offer down, as he no longer wished to work as a producer.

The following year he embarked on a brief career as a screenwriter for Doctor Who. He wrote three scripts for the programme - Four to Doomsday, Black Orchid and The King's Demons. He novelised the latter two stories for Target Books. He adapted three of his four Who stories into books (Four to Doomsday was adapted by Terrance Dicks) and also The Companions of Doctor Who - K9 and Company following the insuccessful pilot he wrote for the spin-off involving Sarah-Jane and K9.

Terence Dudley died after a long period of cancer on Christmas Day, 25 December 1988.

With thanks to Stephen Dudley for the additional information (February 2010)

Terence Dudley starring in Tomorrow, the Rat

Doctor Who Black Orchid

The Companions of Doctor Who - K9 and Company

Doctor Who

Four to Doomsday

Doctor Who

The King’s Demons

(1986)
DOOMWATCH.org
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Filmography


Producer

1. "Survivors" (producer) (38 episodes, 1975-1977)

- Power (1977) TV episode (producer)

- Long Live the King (1977) TV episode (producer)

- The Last Laugh (1977) TV episode (producer)

- The Enemy (1977) TV episode (producer)

- Sparks (1977) TV episode (producer)

(33 more)

2. "The Regiment" (producer) (11 episodes, 1973)

- North West Frontier (1973) TV episode (producer)

- Heat (1973) TV episode (producer)

- Women (1973) TV episode (producer)

- Famine (1973) TV episode (producer)

- Riot (1973) TV episode (producer)

(6 more)

3. "Doomwatch" (producer) (All episodes 1970-1972)

4. "The First Lady" (1968) TV series (producer) (unknown episodes, 1969)

5. "The Mask of Janus" (producer) (11 episodes, 1965)

- Arms and the Men (1965) TV episode (producer)

- Why Not Call Me Kruschev? (1965) TV episode (producer)

- The Arranger (1965) TV episode (producer)

- The Cold Equation (1965) TV episode (producer)

- The Rack (1965) TV episode (producer)

(6 more)

6. "Cluff" (producer) (12 episodes, 1964-1965)

... aka Clough

- The Fireraiser (1965) TV episode (producer)

- The Professional (1965) TV episode (producer)

- The Thief (1965) TV episode (producer)

- The Cigarettes (1965) TV episode (producer)

- The Brothers (1965) TV episode (producer)

(7 more)

7. "The Big Pull" (producer) (6 episodes, 1962)

- Episode #1.6 (1962) TV episode (producer)

- Episode #1.5 (1962) TV episode (producer)

- Episode #1.4 (1962) TV episode (producer)

- Episode #1.3 (1962) TV episode (producer)

- Episode #1.2 (1962) TV episode (producer)

(1 more)

8. "The Men from Room 13" (producer) (4 episodes, 1961)

- The Man Who Made a List: Part 2 (1961) TV episode (producer)

- The Man Who Made a List: Part 1 (1961) TV episode (producer)

- The Man Who Made Fires: Part 2 (1961) TV episode (producer)

- The Man Who Made Fires: Part 1 (1961) TV episode (producer)

9. "The World of Tim Frazer" (producer) (6 episodes, 1960-1961)

- The Sallinger Affair: Part 6 (1961) TV episode (producer)

- The Sallinger Affair: Part 5 (1961) TV - The Sallinger Affair: Part 4 (1961) TV episode (producer)

- The Sallinger Affair: Part 3 (1961) TV episode (producer)

- The Sallinger Affair: Part 2 (1961) TV episode (producer)

(1 more)

10. "BBC Sunday-Night Play" (producer) (2 episodes, 1960)

- Looking for Garrow (1960) TV episode (producer)

- Twentieth Century Theatre: The Fanatics (1960) TV episode (producer)


Director


1. "All Creatures Great and Small" (8 episodes, 1978-1983)

- 1983 Special (1983) TV episode

- Big Steps and Little 'Uns (1980) TV episode

- Home and Away (1980) TV episode

- Breath of Life (1978) TV episode

- Sleeping Partners (1978) TV episode

(3 more)

2. "Flesh and Blood" (12 episodes, 1980-1982)

- Episode #2.10 (1982) TV episode

- Episode #2.1 (1982) TV episode

- A Sort of Committee (1980) TV episode

- Worked Out (1980) TV episode

- Reap and Sow (1980) TV episode

(7 more)

3. "Triangle" (1981) TV series (unknown episodes)

4. "To Serve Them All My Days" (2 episodes, 1980-1981)

- Part Eleven (1981) TV episode

- Part Ten (1980) TV episode

5. "Doctor Who" (4 episodes, 1980)

- Meglos: Part 4 (1980) TV episode

- Meglos: Part 3 (1980) TV episode

- Meglos: Part 2 (1980) TV episode

- Meglos: Part 1 (1980) TV episode

6. "Secret Army" (4 episodes, 1978)

- Guests at God's Table (1978) TV episode

- Little Old Lady (1978) TV episode

- Trapped (1978) TV episode

- The Hostage (1978) TV episode

7. "Survivors" (1 episode, 1977)

- Reunion (1977) TV episode

8. "Oil Strike North" (2 episodes, 1975)

- Time of Hazard (1975) TV episode

- It Depends Where You Stand (1975) TV episode

9. "Colditz" (4 episodes, 1974)

- French Leave (1974) TV episode

- Ace in the Hole (1974) TV episode

- Odd Man In (1974) TV episode

- Arrival of a Hero (1974) TV episode

10. "The Regiment" (1 episode, 1973)

- Women (1973) TV episode

11. "Doomwatch" (3 episodes, 1970-1972)

- Fire & Brimstone (1972) TV episode

- You Killed Toby Wren (1970) TV episode

- Tomorrow, the Rat (1970) TV episode

12. "BBC Play of the Month" (1 episode, 1969)

- The Heiress (1969) TV episode

13. "Out of the Unknown" (1 episode, 1969)

- Immortality Inc (1969) TV episode

14. "The First Lady" (1 episode, 1968)

- Past Indefinite (1968) TV episode

15. "Champion House" (1967) TV series (unknown episodes)

16. "Vendetta" (1 episode, 1966)

- The Ice-Cream Man (1966) TV episode

17. "The Troubleshooters" (3 episodes, 1966)

... aka Mogul (USA)

- Operation Saigon (1966) TV episode

- The Fires of Hell (1966) TV episode

- When You Gotta Go (1966) TV episode

18. "Softly Softly" (1966) TV series (unknown episodes)

... aka Softly, Softly: Task Force (UK: new title)

19. "Cluff" (4 episodes, 1964-1965)

... aka Clough

- The Fireraiser (1965) TV episode

- The Chicken (1965) TV episode

- The Widow (1964) TV episode

- The Vagrant (1964) TV episode

20. "The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling" (1 episode, 1964)

- The Head of the District (1964) TV episode

21. "Detective" (2 episodes, 1964)

- The Night of the Horns (1964) TV episode

- The Drawing (1964) TV episode

22. "First Night" (1 episode, 1963)

- Guilty (1963) TV episode

23. "Moonstrike" (3 episodes, 1963)

- No Joy (1963) TV episode

- A Safe House (1963) TV episode

- A Clear Field (1963) TV episode

24. "The Big Pull" (6 episodes, 1962)

- Episode #1.6 (1962) TV episode

- Episode #1.5 (1962) TV episode

- Episode #1.4 (1962) TV episode

- Episode #1.3 (1962) TV episode

- Episode #1.2 (1962) TV episode

(1 more)

25. "The Men from Room 13" (2 episodes, 1961)

- The Man Who Made Fires: Part 2 (1961) TV episode

- The Man Who Made Fires: Part 1 (1961) TV episode

 26. "The World of Tim Frazer" (6 episodes, 1960-1961)

- The Sallinger Affair: Part 6 (1961) TV episode

- The Sallinger Affair: Part 5 (1961) TV episode

- The Sallinger Affair: Part 4 (1961) TV episode

- The Sallinger Affair: Part 3 (1961) TV episode

- The Sallinger Affair: Part 2 (1961) TV episode

(1 more)

27. "BBC Sunday-Night Play" (1 episode, 1960)

- Twentieth Century Theatre: The Fanatics (1960) TV episode (uncredited)



28. "Charlesworth" (1 episode, 1959)

- Undertone in Grey (1959) TV episode

29. "The Nightwatchman's Stories" (2 episodes, 1959)

- The Constable's Move (1959) TV episode

- Friends in Need (1959) TV episode



Writer



1. "Doctor Who" (8 episodes, 1982-1983)

- The King's Demons: Part 2 (1983) TV episode (writer)

- The King's Demons: Part 1 (1983) TV episode (writer)

- Black Orchid: Part 2 (1982) TV episode (written by)

- Black Orchid: Part 1 (1982) TV episode (written by)

- Four to Doomsday: Part 4 (1982) TV episode (writer)

(3 more)

2. K-9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend (1981) (TV) (writer)

... aka K-9 and Company (UK: video box title)

3. "All Creatures Great and Small" (4 episodes, 1978-1980)

- Big Steps and Little 'Uns (1980) TV episode (adaptation)

- Charity Begins at Home (1980) TV episode (adaptation)

- Plenty to Grouse About (1979) TV episode (adaptation)

- Pups, Pigs and Pickle (1978) TV episode (adaptation)

4. "Survivors" (1 episode, 1977)

- Manhunt (1977) TV episode (writer)

5. "Doomwatch" (5 episodes, 1970-1972)

- Waiting for a Knighthood (1972) TV episode (writer)

- Fire & Brimstone (1972) TV episode (writer)

- You Killed Toby Wren (1970) TV episode (writer)

- Spectre at the Feast (1970) TV episode (writer)

- Tomorrow, the Rat (1970) TV episode (writer)

6. "Boy Meets Girl" (1967) TV series (unknown episodes)

7. "The Wednesday Play" (1 episode, 1966)

- A Piece of Resistance (1966) TV episode (writer)

8. "Detective" (1 episode, 1964)

- The Night of the Horns (1964) TV episode (adaptation)

9. "Moonstrike" (1 episode, 1963)

- A Girl Friend (1963) TV episode (writer)

10. "The River Flows East" (1962) TV series (writer)

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