Sydney Newman

BFI Southbank Guide Dec 2017

‘MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS OF A TIME-SPACE MACHINE WITH CONTEMPORARY CHARACTERS...’ NEWMAN ON ‘DOCTOR WHO’ Producer Sydney Newman was a key figure in UK TV history with far-reaching influence, writes season programmer Dick Fiddy Imported by ABC in 1958 to bring a new verve to their drama department, Canadian Sydney Newman took over the reins of the channel’s flagship drama anthology series Armchair Theatre, masterminding its development from a source of classic reinterpretations and adaptions of stage plays to a groundbreaking hothouse of contemporary cutting-edge dramas. Headhunted by the BBC, he repeated the trick with the equally influential The Wednesday Play. Aside from this, he brought about cult titles such as The Avengers, Doctor Who and Adam Adamant Lives! His brash demeanour and nononsense approach rubbed some up the wrong way (he was described in the press as ‘The Abominable Showman’ and by BBC detractors as ‘the crude colonial’), but Newman had the last laugh with a glittering career, which we celebrate here. SUPPORTED BY The Canadian High Commission WANT MORE? Turn to p10 for a special Doctor Who event, p19 for our Missing Believed Wiped events, and visit our free Mediatheque (see p53) to explore TV shows and clips from the archives


BFI Southbank Guide Dec 2017
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