10 Facts About Waris Hussein


Waris Hussein, is a British-Indian television and film director.

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Waris Hussein came to the UK with his family in 1946, when his father, Ali Bahadur Habibullah, was appointed to the Indian High Commission.

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Waris Hussein was educated at Clifton College, and then studied English literature at Queens' College, Cambridge, where he directed several plays.

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Waris Hussein's contemporaries included Derek Jacobi, Margaret Drabble, Trevor Nunn, and Ian McKellen, whom he directed in several productions, including a Marlowe Society revival of Caesar and Cleopatra.

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Waris Hussein directed the first Doctor Who serial, An Unearthly Child, in 1963, although he was unsure about the effect directing television science fiction would have on his career:.

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In 1964, Waris Hussein returned to the series to direct most of the fourth serial, Marco Polo.

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Waris Hussein went on to direct many other productions such as a BBC television version of A Passage to India ; the BBC serial Notorious Woman ; the suffragette movement BBC drama Shoulder to Shoulder ; and the Thames Television serial Edward and Mrs Simpson .

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Waris Hussein directed for Thames the first story in the Armchair Thriller series.

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Waris Hussein directed Sixth Happiness, a film whose screenplay was written by Firdaus Kanga, the author of the semi-autobiographical novel Trying to Grow.

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Waris Hussein received a Best Drama Series or Serial BAFTA award in 1979 for Edward and Mrs Simpson, and an Outstanding Directing in a Variety or Music Program Emmy Award in 1985 for Copacabana.

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