Philip Saville (28 October 1930 – 22 December 2016) was a British director, screenwriter and former actor whose career lasted half a century. The British Film Institute's Screenonline website described Saville as "one of Britain's most prolific and pioneering television and film directors". His work included 45 contributions to Armchair Theatre (1956-1972) and he won two Best Drama Series BAFTAs for Boys from the Blackstuff (1982) and The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986).
Saville was married to the actress, film and theatre director Jane Arden from 1947; the couple had two sons, Sebastian and Dominic, but separated in the mid-1960s, although they did not divorce. Arden died in 1982. He also had a daughter, Elizabeth Saville from another relationship. In the 1960s, Saville, while married, had an affair with the artist Pauline Boty, whom he had met towards the end of her student days and who had worked for him. Their affair is said to have inspired the film Darling. He also had an eight-year relationship with actress Diana Rigg in the same period.From the 1960s onward, he lived in the former home of the artist Augustus John in St John's Wood, London.Philip Saville married his second wife, Nina Francis (née Zuckerman) in 1987, and they had a son, Waldo Saville. His wife Nina was at his bedside when he died.
Saville was born in London in 1930. He studied science at London University and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). His National Service in the Royal Corps of Signals was ended by his discharge after he sustained a serious knee injury involving an armoured vehicle.
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Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairytale
The only child in a poor family is Hans Christian Andersen. The child's temporary escape comes from his hand carved dolls and puppets, his father's stories, and his own natural flair for fantastic tal...
Andrew Morton wrote a biography of Princess Diana.
Drama based on the true story of Deacon Brodie one of Scotland's most notorious criminals. In 1788 Deacon Brodie a master cabinet maker and town councillor is a rogue and a hedonist. He steals money b...
After ten years absence Toni, Chris's best friend, suddenly reappears in London to bring chaos and doubt into Chris's calm, tranquil, slightly boring, predictable life. Chris starts to remember his ca...
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Four American girls have a hard time breaking into the upper-crust society of New York because of their new money background. The young women set sail for England and the English aristocracy after Lau...
When she comes home to visit her parents, she looks through a collection of pictures taken by her father and herself and considers how the pictures show the nature of families. She tells the story of ...
Three guardian angels help three souls evaluate their past lives.
The Cloning of Joanna May
Carl May was a nuclear energy magnate. They had to divorce after she was unfaithful. Carl has madeJoanna's life impossible. She was fed up with the situation and decided to visit him, only to find tha...
Max and Helen
The novel is based on the case of the head of a German factory who was sentenced to death in a labour camp. He needs witnesses who can help him to take him to justice. This leads him to Max Rosenberg,...
Crash: The Mystery of Flight 1501
Despite the fact that Diane had already suffered two miscarriages, she and Greg decided to try and have a baby later in life. She doesn't have luck getting pregnant and this leads to an estrangement f...
In the Golden Age of Hollywood, there were two men who had it all; one was a top writer and the other a film star. The witch hunts of McCarthyism drove one out of the country and the other to suicide....
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The Fruit Machine
Eddie and Michael are both gay. Eddie runs away from his father's home in order to join Michael, a streetwise hustler who is also on the run.
Edward is trying to breed primate hybrid. He succeeds in breeding a human/gorilla hybrid. He hides the results of the experiment and adopts a child to blend into society. The ultimate result of being ...
The first Born was a British television serial. Charles Dance starred as genetic researcher Edward Forester, whose work leads him to create a man-gorilla hybrid, using sperm from an unknown sperm dono...
Those Glory Glory Days
Girls growing up in 1960-61 London develop a passion for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, the first British team in the 20th century to win the English league and FA Cup "double". Twenty years later, ...
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Boys from the Blackstuff
Alan Bleasdale's five-part series relates the experiences of the unemployed and their revered older friend, retired longshoreman and union leader, George Malone. As they struggle to make ends meet in ...
Design for Living
Three neurotic but intensely artistic characters are presented by Design for Living. Otto and Leo fall in love with a woman in Paris. The three decided to live together in a platonic friendship becaus...
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For those familiar with Bram Stoker's novel, this adaptation follows the book quite closely in most respects. Jonathan Harker visits the Count in Transylvania to help him with preparations to move to ...
Count Dracula is a British television adaptation of the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. It first aired 22 December 1977. It is among the more faithful of the many adaptations of the original book. Louis...
Bernard Kops wrote a TV play. Moss loves his grandson and is a miser. Moss is "reborn" after tragedy strikes.
Birmingham is a melting pot of races and every community has a stake in the city's underworld. When former SAS officer John Kline is released from prison after serving a sentence for murder, he become...
A Dream of Living
The lives of F are looked at in a play. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife were in Paris in 1925. The time period that produced "The Great Gatsby" is brought to life in this dramatization.
Access to the Children
A married man forms a liaison with a woman he meets on a train, and is divorced by his wife who allows him access to their daughters on Sundays, which they usually spend at the zoo.
O Fat White Woman
The wife of a public school head becomes gradually aware that her husband has been physically abusing his pupils. Written by the master of late-middle-age morality plays, William Trevor.
The Fox Trot
The first in a series of new plays. Arthur and Gwen, a cosy middle-aged couple, remember with nostalgia the pre-Motorway Britain of their youth. When Tom, an old friend, returns from voyaging the worl...
After a suicide attempt, John Rainbird is in a coma. Whilst in this state his mind experiences fantasies involving nightmare creatures and his relatives.
A woman's unfulfilling marriage leads her into a passionate affair with a wealthy extramarital lover.
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The Long Distance Piano Player
The story of one man's obsession to win the world long distance piano playing record is the first Play for Today.
Play for Today
Play for Today was a British anthology drama series that aired on the BBC from 1970 to 1984. More than three hundred programmes, featuring original television plays, and adaptations of stage plays and...
Stop the World: I Want to Get Off
The Anthony Newley/Leslie Bricusse London and Broadway musical hit Stop the World, I Want to Get Off is given literal treatment in this filmization. Newley stars as Littlechap, whose allegorical rise ...
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Thirty-Minute Theatre is an anthology drama series of short plays shown on BBC Television between 1965 and 1973, which was used in part at least as a training ground for new writers, on account of its...
Out of the Unknown
In the 1960's and 70's, Out of the Unknown was a British television science fiction anthology drama series. Each episode dramatised a science fiction short story. The first three years were solely sci...
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A 1964 BBC adaptation of Sartre's "No Exit."
The Wednesday Play
The Wednesday Play is an anthology series of British television plays which ran on BBC1 from October 1964 to May 1970. The plays were usually written for television, although adaptations from other so...
Hamlet at Elsinore
This historic production of Hamlet was filmed on location at Elsinore, the actual location where the play is set, and features an all-star cast including Christopher Plummer, Robert Shaw, Roy Kinnear,...
Fourteen years after he was blinded in a WWII concentration camp, a Canadian perfume executive travels to London on business and recognizes the voice of the traitor who betrayed him and his fellow pri...
The Mirror and Markheim
Markheim is a short gothic horror story written by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Bang! You're Dead
Two boys are playing. A boy with a revolver plays a game on the road and holds up a cyclist, but the gun goes off, killing the cyclist. Both boys are unaware of the consequences of their game. Bob Car...
Penny and the Pownall Case
The British thriller takes place in the 1940s.
A Piece of Cake
In the post–World War II British world of rationing, Cyril dreams of an imaginary character named Merlin Mound who can provide anything one can wish. Merlin becomes real and grants his host's wishes, ...
To the Public Danger
Four people with very different backgrounds meet by chance at an English pub and gradually become carried away in a bout of thrill-seeking. When their spree gets out of hand, each person faces a moral...
The Blind Goddess
Justice is a blind goddess. The lord's lawyer, Hugh Williams, is accused by his secretary, Michael Dennison, of having diverted public funds for his own use.
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Hamlet at Elsinore
The television version of Hamlet is called Hamlet at Elsinore. It was shown in the U.S. On NET. The only version of the play to have actually been shot at Elsinore Castle is the one that was shot enti...