Gerald Savory

Active - 1937 - 1977  |   Died - Feb 9, 1996   |   Genres - Drama, Horror, Thriller, Comedy, Crime

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Primarily a playwright for the London stage and later, different arms of the BBC, Gerald Savory occasionally wrote screenplays. He wrote his first one, Young and Innocent, in 1937. He had written his first play, It Pays to Advertise in 1931, following his graduation from Bradfield College. Like most of Savory's subsequent work, the play was a light comedy. His late-'30s production George and Margaret became a film in 1940. During the '40s, Savory lived in the United States, finding work doctoring scripts and directing summer stock. When television became more common in the late '40s, Savory worked in that meeting. In 1964, he returned to England to become the executive producer for Granada TV. Shortly thereafter, he became the BBC's head of plays. In that capacity, he has overseen such major productions as Elizabeth R and Churchill's People. In 1976, he supervised an adaptation of Dracula for BBC2.