, High-profile entertainment industry figures have publicly expressed admiration for Kneale's work, including The Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr, members of the rock group Pink Floyd and Monty Python's Flying Circus writer/performer Michael Palin. ", Jason Jacobs, a lecturer in film and television studies at the University of Warwick, wrote in his 2000 history of early British television drama that "It was the arrival of Nigel Kneale ... and Rudolph Cartier ... that challenged the intimate drama directly ... Kneale and Cartier shared a common desire to invigorate television with a faster tempo and a broader thematic and spatial canvas, and it was no coincidence that they turned to science-fiction in order to get out of the dominant stylistic trend of television intimacy. Kneale was invited to write for the successful American science-fiction series The X-Files (1993–2002), but declined the offer. This issue also has reviews of the VHS releases of Quatermass and the Pit (by Petley) and The Quatermass Conclusion (by Kim Newman). … Tags: BOO!, Film podcast, Ghostwatch, Haunted Houses, His House, James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Mat Colegate (aka Lord Nuneaton Savage) & Dan White (aka The Beast Must Die., Michael Parkinson, Nigel Kneale, Sarah Greene, Sinister, Stephen Volk, The Amityville Horror, The Savage Beast, The Stone Tape, There's A Ghost In My House, Trauma. , The BBC recognised the success of the serial, particularly in the context of the impending arrival of commercial television to the UK. The film will be produced by Hammer’s Simon Oakes and follow the story of Bernard Quatermass, which was made popular by the successful BBC 1950s series, and a trio of films from Hammer Film Productions from the mid-50s to the mid-60s and seen as a precursor to Dr. Who. , Less successfully during this period, Kneale completed screenplays for adaptations of the novels Lord of the Flies by William Golding and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. The writer and actor Mark Gatiss, paying tribute to Kneale on the BBC News Online website shortly after his death, indicated that he was among the first rank of British television writers, but that this had been overlooked.  Kneale was initially a general-purpose writer, working on adaptations of books and stage plays and even writing material for light entertainment and children's programmes. 1 month ago. Powerful stuff.  Drawing audiences of up to 11 million, Quatermass and the Pit has been referred to by the BBC's own website as "simply the first finest thing the BBC ever made. "He is amongst the greats—he is absolutely as important as Dennis Potter, as David Mercer, as Alan Bleasdale, as Alan Bennett, but I think because of a strange snobbery about fantasy or sci-fi it's never quite been that way. The Quatermass Experiment was the first adult television science-fiction production, held a large television audience gripped across its six weeks, and has been described by the Museum of Broadcast Communications as dramatising "a new range of gendered fears about Britain's postwar and post-colonial security. Andy Murray is the author of Into The Unknown The Fantastic Life of Nigel Kneale (Revised Updated).  Like The Witches, the film version of Quatermass and the Pit took several years to reach the screen, eventually being released in 1967.  He began using the name "Nigel Kneale" for these professional credits, but continued to be known as "Tom" to his family and friends up until his death. Sutton, p. 20 and p. 54. "Thematically no less awesome than Mr Kneale's earlier science-fiction essays for BBC Television, his ITV debut has proved only a so-so affair", was the verdict of The Times when previewing the final episode. When his novel English Passengers won the Whitbread Book of the Year award in 2001, his father commented that: "Matthew's much better than I am.  The production was nearly made as a film by 20th Century Fox, but John Trevelyan, Chief Executive of the British Board of Film Censors, forbade the script's production.  Kneale got on well with the director assigned to the film, Tommy Lee Wallace, but when one of the film's backers, Dino De Laurentiis, insisted upon the inclusion of more graphic violence and a rewrite of the script from Wallace, Kneale became displeased with the results and had his name removed from the film. Professor Bernard Quatermass is a fictional rocket scientist originally created by writer Nigel Kneale who, as a … , In 1966 Kneale worked again for Hammer Film Productions when he adapted Norah Lofts's 1960 novel The Devil's Own into the horror film The Witches. He was married to Judith Kerr. The Stone Tape was written by Nigel Kneale, best known as the writer of Quatermass. The plot is a condensed but largely … He also criticised Blake's 7, which he described as the lowest point of British television science-fiction: "I think the low point for me would be the very few bits I've seen of a thing called Blake's 7 which I found paralytically awful.  They married on 8 May 1954 and had two children; Matthew, who later became a successful novelist, and Tacy, an actress and later a special effects designer who worked on the popular Harry Potter series of films.  Roy Ward Baker directed, with Andrew Keir starring as Quatermass. He was a writer and actor, known for, Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, England, UK. Since then most of his writing work was for Television and film, often using sf themes, most commonly consisting of scientific rationalizations of ancient motifs from Horror fiction and Mythology. He started on television, where his five-part series The Quatermass Experiment in 1953 took the fledgling British television industry by storm, racking up huge audiences despite the relative rarity of TV sets at that time. Redirecting to /nigelkneale/filmography/p97672 , In the mid-1970s, Kneale made his only attempt at writing a stage play. Australian TV drama was … Wells). " It was also included in the British Film Institute's "TV 100" list in 2000, where it was praised for the themes and subtexts it explored. "I didn't want to go on repeating because Professor Quatermass had already saved the world from ultimate destruction three times, and that seemed to me to be quite enough," he said in 1986.  Kneale did his first work for the ITV network during this time, writing one-off play The Crunch for the ATV company in 1964..  Kneale had first worked on the screenplay for the adaptation in 1961, the same year in which he had begun to adapt Quatermass and the Pit for Hammer. …  However, shortly before filming it was cancelled by order of ATV's managing director, Lew Grade—Kneale was never told why. The same year that he left the BBC, Kneale wrote his first feature film screenplay, adapting Quatermass II for Hammer Film Productions along with producer Anthony Hinds and director Val Guest. , In 1982, Kneale made another one-off diversion from his usual work when he wrote his only produced Hollywood movie script, Halloween III: Season of the Witch. " His final BBC work was an entry into a series called Bedtime Stories, adapting traditional fairy tales into adult dramas. , In May 1957, Kneale was contracted by the BBC to write a third Quatermass serial, and this was eventually transmitted as Quatermass and the Pit across six weeks in December 1958 and January 1959. Defiant (1962, from the novel Mutiny by Frank Tilsley) and First Men in the Moon (1964, from the novel by H. G. So has Crossroads and that's a stinker". People who made the bold decision to watch this excellent drama will respond to any 'clip-clop' by gratifyingly leaping in the air and grabbing the backs of their necks. The first Quatermass film had been a major success for Hammer and, eager for a sequel, they purchased the rights to Nigel Kneale's follow-up before the BBC had even begun transmission of the new serial. , Almost simultaneously with the transmission of Quatermass II in the autumn of 1955, Hammer Film Productions released The Quatermass Xperiment, their film adaptation of the first serial. "If you like the idea of the Hitch-Hiker's Guide but found its realization tiresomely hysterical you may well prefer Kneale's relaxed wit. Quatermass (also known as Quatermass IV, or The Quatermass Conclusion for its intended international theatrical release) is a British television science fiction serial produced by Euston Films for Thames Television and broadcast on the ITV network in October and November 1979. , In 1958, Kneale's play Mrs Wickens in the Fall, transmitted by the BBC the previous year, was remade by the CBS network in the United States, retitled The Littlest Enemy. In 2005, he acted as a consultant when the digital television channel BBC Four produced a live remake of The Quatermass Experiment. We all just wanted to watch a spooky ghost story. Kneale's script, Jack and the Beanstalk, was transmitted on 24 March 1974, and marked the end of his BBC writing career. How much TV do you remember from last night ... last year ... last century? " Film screenwriter and director Dan O'Bannon was also an admirer of Kneale's writing, and in 1993 wrote a potential remake of The Quatermass Experiment, of which Kneale approved, but the film was never made.  The film premiered at the end of May 1957, and was reviewed positively in The Times: "The writer of the original story, Mr Nigel Kneale, and the director, Mr Val Guest, between them keep things moving at the right speed, without digressions. Once upon a time, Lord Hailsham, proceeding to the chamber of the House in black stockings and full-bottomed wig as Lord High Chancellor, spotted a friend and cried lustily, "Neil!" "I made up my mind I would never ever again have anything done on a television network in America," he later commented.  But he continued to write for the BBC on a freelance basis. A Weekend with Nigel Kneale is at Chapter Cinema, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff (01222 311050), from Thursday to Monday. Like its three predecessors, Quatermass was written by Nigel Kneale.It is the fourth and final television serial to … , Kneale also adapted Sharpe's Gold for ITV in 1995, as part of their series of adaptations of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe novels. He took very little interest in the making of the films or in playing the part. , Nigel Kneale in 1990, discussing his career on. This is an edited version of Neil Snowdon’s interview with Joe Dante on Nigel Kneale, which is published in the newly released book We Are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale. , Kneale's remaining television work was written for ITV. Kneale wrote original scripts and successfully adapted works by writers such as George Orwell, John Osborne, H. G. Wells and Susan Hill. But his place is secure, alongside Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, John Wyndham and Brian Aldiss, as one of the best, most exciting and most compassionate English science fiction writers of his century..  The Professor's first name was chosen in honour of the astronomer Bernard Lovell. Don't let SILENCE go silent! 1957 also saw the release of another … The award has twice been won by the son of a previous winner: Kingsley Amis (winner in 1955) was the father of Martin Amis (1974), and Nigel Kneale (1950) the father of Matthew Kneale (1988). Sutton was the Head of Drama at the BBC during this period, and twice lists Kneale while citing examples of the finest single plays made during his tenure.  It was Kneale's only involvement with American television, and he was not pleased with the result. Writing extensively for both film and TV, Nigel Kneale is one of the most important and radical British screenwriters of the last century.His work has haunted several generations of British viewers.  "It sounded a terrible idea and I still think it was," he commented in 1986.  He also worked in a lawyer's office, but became bored with his legal training and eventually abandoned the profession. This is satire from a TV insider, but it mutates into something far more desolate and disorientating. Not only did it have three of the... 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