14 Facts About Anthony Read


Anthony Read was an English television producer, screenwriter, script editor and author.

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Anthony Read was principally active in British television from the 1960s to the mid-1980s, which included a period as a script editor and writer of Doctor Who from 1977 to 1979, although he occasionally contributed to televised productions until 1999.

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Anthony Read was a chair of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain.

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Anthony Read was the series' original script editor in 1965, and ended his run as producer of the 1969 season.

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When he departed The Troubleshooters, Anthony Read kept his producer's hat on for a few years, before returning to his more traditional roles of script editing and writing.

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In 1977, Anthony Read was brought into Doctor Who by Graeme MacDonald, head of series and serials, to serve as script editor under the new producer, Graham Williams, replacing Robert Holmes in the middle of the 15th season.

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Anthony Read was instrumental in commissioning Douglas Adams as a Doctor Who writer, and for advocating the Hitchhiker's Guide author should be appointed as his replacement as script editor.

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In 1984 Anthony Read adapted the John Wyndham novel, Chocky, for Children's ITV.

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Anthony Read wrote "Conspirator: Churchill, Roosevelt, and Tyler Kent, Spy" with Ray Bearse.

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Anthony Read was the main writer of a series of novels about The Baker Street Boys, a television show for which he wrote in the early 1980s.

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Anthony Read was an active member of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain, serving as chair between 1981 and 1982.

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Anthony Read drew up an industry-wide code of practice on behalf of the young writers he was committed to nurturing, never taking pay or expenses for his work on the guild's behalf.

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Anthony Read was a director of the associated Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society.

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Anthony Read co-wrote a submission from the Writers' Guild and the Directors and Producers Association to the Annan committee on the future of broadcasting that was used as part of the charter agreement for establishing Channel 4.

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