Drama and Delight: The Life of Verity Lambert

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By:Richard Marson
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Note:Biography of Verity Lambert, the trailblazing and hugely influential English television producer, also notable of course as the very first producer of Doctor Who when the programme began in 1963.

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Edition: UK (paperback)
Released:  April 2015
Publisher:  Miwk Publishing
Format: paperback
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For five decades, the name Verity Lambert appeared on the end credits of many of Britain’s most celebrated and talked about television dramas, among them Adam Adamant Lives!, Budgie, The Naked Civil Servant, Minder, Edward and Mrs Simpson, Eldorado, G.B.H. and Jonathan Creek. She was the very first producer of Doctor Who, which she nurtured through its formative years at a time when there were few women in positions of power in the television industry. Later, she worked within the troubled British film business and became a pioneering independent producer, founding her own highly-successful company, Cinema Verity.

But who was the woman behind all these triumphs and what was the price she paid to achieve them?

‘A well-researched and deeply considered biography. The mixing together of her personal life and the ups and downs of a volatile industry make for a truly faschinating book.’
David Reid, former head of drama series, BBC Television

‘Superb. Comprehensively and accurately detailed. She would have heartily approved.’
David Renwick, writer and producer

‘Much to admire and enjoy. The book is a major achievement. Richard Marson has done her proud.’
Sir Jeremy Isaacs, founding chief executive of Channel 4

‘Verity comes vividly to life. I read with great pleasure. Splendid.’
Ted Kotcheff, director

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Edition: UK (hardback)
Released:  April 2015
Publisher:  Miwk Publishing
Format: hardback

Note:  Limited-edition signed hardback, limited to 350 copies.

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A graduate of the University of Durham, Richard trained as a director and producer at the BBC. His credits include Disney Club, The Big Breakfast, Record Breakers and Tomorrow’s World. He spent a decade on Blue Peter, with four years as Editor. In 2003, he won a BAFTA award and was again nominated in 2006. In 2008 he was consultant to the National Media Museum’s 50th anniversary exhibition and was presented to the Queen at Buckingham Palace. He was also awarded a gold Blue Peter badge.

In 2009, he wrote the script for the BBC’s ‘evolution’ prom, presented by Sir David Attenborough, and, in 2012, he produced and directed the 90-minute Tales of Television Centre. More recently, he has been an executive producer at Twofour, where his credits include The Holidaymakers (Sky One) and two series of Our School (CBBC).

His books include Inside Updown: The Story of Upstairs, Downstairs, Blue Peter: 50th Anniversary and JN-T: The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner, which The Times called: ‘the definitive behind the scenes portrait of (Doctor Who) in the eighties.’

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Edition: UK (2nd paperback)
Title:  Drama and Delight: The Life and Legacy of Verity Lambert
Released:  20 September 2021
Publisher:  Ten Acre Films
Format: paperback
Ten Acre Films

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