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LOUIS MARKS (1928-2010)

Very sad news for Doomwatch fans this morning.

Acclaimed television scriptwriter and producer Louis Marks has died recently whilst visiting one of his daughters in Israel, it has been reported by The Times.

Marks began screenwriting in 1959, and worked on many of the popular series of the day, including The Adventures of Robin Hood, Danger Man, No Hiding Place and Doctor Who (for which he penned four stories between 1964 and 1976). In 1967 he created the soap Market in Honey Lane (later shortened to Honey Lane) for ATV, which ran for two years.

For Doomwatch the Oxford-graduated doctor of philosophy contributed three scripts, all with a decidedly humanistic edge: The Islanders centred on the culture shock and abandonment felt by a recently-evacuated community, The Human Time Bomb looked at urban housing and the individual's place in it, and Cause of Death investigated euthanasia and the care of the elderly.

He also worked as a script editor on series such as horror anthology Dead of Night and Nigel Kneale's much-lauded 1972 thriller The Stone Tape, before becoming a producer on prestigious projects such as Play for Today, The Lost Boys, Screen One/Two, Middlemarch and Daniel Deronda.

In later life he left television altogether to run a bed and breakfast establishment with his wife, who predeceased him.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

With thanks to Tony Darbyshire