Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Pioneer Passes

Nigel Kneale, best known for the Quatermass TV serials (and the films of the 1950s) died yesterday at the age of 84. The man was a pioneer and his work was ground breaking genius. He was Britain's first significant television dramatist.

The Quatermass Experiment stunned the BBC audience back in conservative 1953, and
paved the way for the likes of Doctor Who. A year later, and questions were asked in Parliament about his adaptation of 1984. He was still writing for TV in the 90s and Kneale was a genuine small-screen visionary whose (often fantastical) work also inspired the whole Hammer horror phenomenon.

The passing of a living legend. There are so few left.

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