Roger Murray-Leach

Roger Murray-Leach

Known For: Art · Birthday: 1943-06-25 · Gender: Male

17 Movies · 1 TV show

Biography

Roger Murray-Leach (born 25 June 1943) is a British Production Designer, who is probably best known for his work on British television series' Doctor Who and Blake's 7 in the 1970s, although he went on later to work on major feature films.Initially training to be an architect he joined the BBC design department in 1966, quickly gaining a reputation for great imagination and flair. He began working on Doctor Who when Philip Hinchcliffe took over as producer in late 1974. Hinchcliffe's vision for the series included giving a high priority to set design and he quickly realised that Murray-Leach was one of the most, if not the most, imaginative and resourceful designers on the BBC staff. Murray-Leach designed several Doctor Who serials under Hinchcliffe's reign, many of which remain amongst the most popular serials in the show's history. For the serial Planet of Evil, Murray-Leach designed an alien jungle at Ealing studios that so impressed Hinchcliffe that he wrote to the Head of the BBC design department, suggesting that Murray-Leach should be nominated for a BAFTA or a Royal Television Society Award.David Maloney, a director who had worked on a number of the Doctor Who serials designed by Murray-Leach, went on to produce Blake's 7 for the BBC and immediately secured the services of Murray-Leach as lead designer, which included both the exterior and interior of the Liberator spacecraft.In 1980, following his work on Langrishe Go Down, starring Judy Dench and Jeremy Irons, and Speed King starring Robert Hardy as Sir Malcom Campbell, Murray-Leach left the BBC to work on the 1981 series Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years for which he was nominated for a BAFTA award. His talent was finally being recognised and he broke into feature films, working as production designer on Local Hero. Following this his credits include A Christmas Carol with George C Scott as Scrooge, Defence of the Realm, Clockwise, A Fish Called Wanda, and Goldeneye. His movie career extended into the 1990s with, among others, Mrs Harris Goes To Paris, The Mighty Quinn, Twenty-One and Fierce Creatures. In 1983 he was also employed as Art Director on The Killing Fields.In recent years he has designed several small films for director Norman Stone - Beyond Narnia, Florence Nightingale, KJV, Whistler and The Most Reluctant Convert - as well as working on the development of further projects. He has appeared in a number of television and DVD documentaries discussing his work on Doctor Who, including A Darker Side, a retrospective feature included in the 2|entertain/BBC DVD release of Planet of Evil, in which he and Hinchcliffe returned to Ealing studios to discuss the story's design and production.In the earl 2000s he co-founded the Fishworks restaurant chain alongside Mitch Tonks.He lives in Henley-on-Thames, England.

Movies & TV shows

2004.

1 Movie
Serial Thrillers

Serial Thrillers

2004
A documentary looking back at the Philip Hincliffe era and what made it one of the most successful and popular periods in Doctor Who's history.

2003.

1 Movie
The Story of Doctor Who

The Story of Doctor Who

2003
Documentary to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of this popular cult sci-fi television series.

1997.

1 Movie
Fierce Creatures

Fierce Creatures

1997
The newly acquired business of a New Zealand tycoon was run by Rollo Lee. In order to meet high profit targets and keep the zoo open, Rollo enforces a new 'fierce creatures' policy, whereby only the m...

1994.

1 Movie
Good King Wenceslas

Good King Wenceslas

1994
Based upon the true story that inpired the Christmas carol about a young king's care for his people.

1989.

2 Movies
Goldeneye

Goldeneye

1989
James Bond was written by Ian Fleming. He created the super-spy because of his wartime exploits.
The Mighty Quinn

The Mighty Quinn

6
1989
Donald Pater, one of the wealthiest residents on a Caribbean island, was murdered. He died in his Jacuzzi. Although the local political establishment, especially crooked Governor Chalk, insists that s...

1988.

1 Movie
A Fish Called Wanda

A Fish Called Wanda

5.75
1988
A diamond advocate is attempting to steal a collection of diamonds, yet he learns that he is not the only one after the diamonds, which causes troubles.

1987.

1 Movie
Hearts of Fire

Hearts of Fire

1987
A musician is taking a young woman. While on the tour, she met a younger, more popular rocker.

1986.

1 Movie
Defence of the Realm

Defence of the Realm

1986
A reporter stumbles on a story. A teenage runaway is linked to an Americal USAF base. They are trying to find out if there is a cover-up.

1984.

1 Movie
The Killing Fields

The Killing Fields

1
1984
The real-life story of a friendship between two journalists, an American and a Cambodian, during the bloody Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, which led to the death of 2 million Cambodians, un...

1983.

1 Movie
Local Hero

Local Hero

6
1983
An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up a village that they want to build a refinery in. Things don't go as planned.

1977.

1 Movie
Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng-Chiang

Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng-Chiang

1977
Murder stalks the streets of Victorian London, young women are going missing, ghastly bodies are found floating in the river and criminal gangs are terrifying the innocent. The mysterious Li H'sen Cha...

1976.

1 Movie
Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin

Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin

1976
The Doctor was accused of being involved in the assassination of the Time Lord President. To prove his innocence, he must stand for election himself, uncover the traitor in the Time Lord High Council,...

1975.

3 Movies
Doctor Who: The Ark in Space

Doctor Who: The Ark in Space

1975
The Doctor, Sarah and Harry are looking for a space station. The insect got there first.
Doctor Who: The Sontaran Experiment

Doctor Who: The Sontaran Experiment

1975
Major Styre is conducting experiments on the survivors of future Earth in preparation for a full-scale Sontaran invasion of the planet. Can the Doctor save the world?
Doctor Who: Revenge of the Cybermen

Doctor Who: Revenge of the Cybermen

1975
The crew of Space Station Nerva was threatened by a plague when the Doctor, Sarah and Harry arrived. The Cybermen came up with a plan to kill as many people as possible.

1963.

1 TV show
TV
Doctor Who

Doctor Who

5.44
1963
The adventures of a Time Lord, also known as the Doctor, is a time-travelling humanoid alien who explores the universe in his TARDIS, a sentient time-travelling space ship. The blue British police box...

Unknown Year.

1 Movie
The Most Reluctant Convert

The Most Reluctant Convert

There is no known plot.
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