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Direction

The following are some of the shows I have directed or produced.

 

Most of the following productions have links to pages with more details about them - if you are interested....

 

 

If you are a Dixon of Dock Green fan I have just recorded a 50' commentary and memories for the episode entitled ALICE which I directed almost 40 years ago.

 

It is being released as an enhanced DVD by Acorn Productions and should be in the shops soon if not now!

 

Wonderful  TV Drama Series.

Staring

Claire Higgins- Ken Hutchinson - Gabrielle Anwar

Being a crook isn't a very pleasant way of life. It is particularly disagreeable to be married to someone in the underworld and worse still to be a mobster's daughter.

'There is little peace for a man who lives amongst hoodlums and there may be no hiding place'.

 'There is certainly no honour 

SECRET ARMY

Has been re-released on DVD

Beautifully presented box of 4 DVDs of the 3rd Series.

  in UK High Street shops such as HMV, Smiths

 http://www.play.com

Prisoner of War  

The last Run

Ring of Roses  

Ambush 

Light the Blue Touch Paper

Collaborator 

    

 

KESSLER

Has been re-released on DVD

and is now available from high street stores and Amazon 

 

Clifford Rose & Alison Glennie

 

Alan Dobie

  

Nitza Saul &  Nick Young

I worked with all the Doctors up to and including Tom Baker. Had the pleasure of directing Cybermen, Sea Devils, Daleks and my favorite - the Robots from the space miner...

DR WHO

 

Sea Devils - just released with interviews and commentary

 

 

 

Colony in Space

 

Revenge of the Cybermen

 

Robots of Death

 

Death to the Daleks

 

The Sea Devils

 

Blake's7 is available from the BBC shop/Amazon etc

BLAKE'S 7

THE WAY BACK

 THE WEB,  

PROJECT AVALON

DELIVERANCE

I directed the first ever episode and then several more from the first series.  Great fun to do - 

Bravely going where others had been before!

 

Soon to be re-released on DVD

BLOOD

ROYAL

 

BECAME

BLOOD MONEY

Available from the BBC Shop and eBay

A Tale of Two Cities

 

BBC Sunday Classic Serial of which

I wrote the adaptation as well as Directing

Won an Emmy.

Available from the BBC shop

ONEDIN LINE

I directed several episodes over a couple of seasons of this popular series.

 

Peter was a delightful actor to work with and most of the success of the series was down to his portrayal of James Onedin.

 

Worked again with him on One by One

TREASURE

ISLAND

We shot the West Indian island sequences on the southern tip of Corsica - that was as far as the budget allowed us to go! The Jungle was shot on the Mildmay estate near  Plymouth which has been home location to several previous versions of this 'Sea Story'.

When the publishers Classic TV Press asked me to write these memoirs I was very flattered but somewhat unsure.

The title sums up the question I have been asking myself for years.

 The book is available from

here

More about it

here

Warship

 

 

A very good BBC 1 drama series about life in a Leander Class Frigate

 

HMS HERO.

 

Created and mainly written by Ian Mackintosh a serving RN officer. He was awarded a posthumous MBE  for his work in Intelligence - a real life James Bond!

 

Locations in Hong Kong, Plymouth & Portsmouth. 

Tangier

Feature film produced by

Linked Ring Productions -

set in 

Gibraltar, Tangier 

with 

Billie Whitelaw & Ronnie Cox

Available from Amazon and eBay

   

Howard's Way

 

From my original idea,

 

 The series was produced by the late 

Gerry Glaister.

 

 

Very successful 'boating and between the sheets' drama series set on the Hamble River.

 

As well as directing I created the sailing sequences that backed the end credits.

 

 

 A really fund days shooting with a helicopter, speed boats and some splendid craft to photograph!

The cast

Way stars Maurice Colbourne  as all round good-guy Tom Howard, Jan Harvey as the glamorous Jan Howard and Stephen Yardley as the manipulative Ken Masters.

 

DVD Cover                DVD Cover

 

One by One

Zoo Vet series about work with exotic animals - lots of fun - very interesting working with Jimmy Clubb

&

 Sally Chipperfields Circus.

 

 

 

 

DUTCH TELEVISION

DRAMA

(My brief sojourn in Netherlands Television)

 

SPIJKERHOEK

Had the pleasure of directing  the first & second series. My function was to bring UK tv production techniques to Netherlands TV.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

vriendenFriends for life/Vrienden voor het Leven

Found the Scripts, did the casting, created the recording techniques and imported the UK system of Sit Com to the Netherlands. 

 

 

 

 

 

After Henry/Zonder Ernst

Found the script, Produced and Directed the Pilot then got fired by Joop v/d Ende!

 Firsts are always interesting!

 

 

 

Jansen Jansen

working for the Vara I directed this clever sit com based on Swedish Series.  3 series of it!

 

 

 

 

 

Won lots of awards for drama and got to live in Amsterdam!!

Cover of The Complete Secret Army

The Complete Secret Army



“Thanks to ’Allo! ’Allo!, Secret Army - the best drama series ever made by the BBC - seems to have vanished from the public memory. Andy Priestner redresses this accident of history in a book written with all the enthusiasm, devotion and forensic insight that Secret Army deserves. You need to see Secret Army and you need to read this book.” Gareth Roberts, Writer -Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures

www.classictvpress.co.uk.

The Sea Devils

RE-RELEASED ON DVD WITH ADDED FEATURES  - INCLUDING 'AUDIO TRACK' WITH BARRY LETTS AND MYSELF REMEMBERING WHEN STORIES....

I would think it is available from a DVD shop near you...

Doctor Who - Robots Of Death           Doctor Who: Cyberman Box Set

      The Sea DevilsThe Sea Devils

French Canal Routes to the Mediterranean

Gentle Sailing Route to the Mediterranean

Gentle Mediterranean Routes to the Islands

For books and French canal charts please go to

  gentlesailing.com

                  

Strait Sailing to Gibraltar

Living Aboard Around the World

Easy Navigation

French Fluviacarte Canal Charts

To be a young television director in the 60's 70's & 80's was wonderful.  

I was 24 when I did the (6 week) directors course at the BBC then directed my first broadcast television drama production. 

 Television was growing at a rate and the creative side was run by people from the theatre or film industry.  Directors in those days did the casting, were consulted during the writing process and had a freedom impossible today. 

Because I was on the staff of the BBC, as a Production Assistant - production manager/first assistant in film terms - I was allowed to direct shows whilst still on the staff. (All drama directors are freelance in UK TV) Until 1970/1 I would direct a show then have to go back to being a PA - Always a bit difficult but with a wife, children and a mortgage, it had it's attractions but I hated the system and wanted to go freelance. 

In 1970 Ronnie Marsh, then head of drama, gave me a years contract worth of freelance directing engagements. I left the staff and became freelance television director. 

What a nice man and what a kind thing to do.

Television has now grown up and on soaps the role of the director is primarily to point cameras. The speed and instant acting required to-day has taken much of the fun out the work and many - particularly BBC soaps - are run by committee.  

Not sure if this is good or bad, but for young directors it is very sad.

I would have paid to do the directing work that came my way - certainly it was a bit intimidating sometimes, very scary even, but it never was boring and I was allowed to experiment and sometimes to fail - the most exciting thing I can imagine.

 I was so lucky.

The following is what I have been doing in the Film and Television part of my life...

 

The E in Michael E Briant came about because of the same problem I had as a child actor and changed my name to Tennant - The actor  Michael Bryant was/is much more famous than me - He started to get phone calls about his directing abilities! and I started to get letters and calls from his fans! Michael Briants correspondence was much more interesting than mine but none the less I decided to insert my E initial into my credits!

 

1966    Z Cars                                   Film and Studio

1967    The Newcomers                      4 episodes

1968/9 The Doctors                           12 episodes

1970    Dr Who                                 Colony in Space 

Freelance Director

1970/1 Z Cars                                   Old Bones, Bits and Bats, The fighter etc etc

1971    Dr Who                                Sea Devils + Christmas Spectacular – 6 episodes

1973    Dr Who                                Death to the Daleks

1974    Z Cars                                  First series shot all OB 

1974   Southerland’s Law                  A Murmur of Malice            

1975    Dr Who                               Revenge of the Cybermen      

1975    Southerland’s Law                A Slight case of Matrimony     

1975    Dixon of Dock Green            Black Monday – Hired Man     

1976    Onedin Line                        4 x 50’ episodes

1977    Dr Who                             Robots of Death  

1975    Angels                              Hospital Series about nurses

1975   Breakaway                         Francis Durbridge       6 part mystery serial

1976   Dixon of Dock Green           Alice - Jackpot            50’ Episodes

1977   Warship                            And Wings of Gold - Knight Errant    

1977   Treasure Island                  6 part serial of Stevenson’s Classic novel

1977    Blake’s 7                          First episode + others

1978    Warship                           Windsong - Girl from the Sea - A Matter of History  

1977/8 Secret Army                     Prisoner of War – the last Run – Ring of Roses - Ambush –                                                  Paper – Collaborator

1979    Blood Money                   6 part serial about kidnapping of royal child by terrorists-  written  by Arden Winch.

1980     Tale of Two Cities           6 part serial of Dickens Classic Novel – I also wrote the adaptation                                           

1981    Kessler                            Sequel to Secret Army about today's Nazi party leaders  

1981/2   Link Ring Films             Started my own production  company 

1982/3 Tangier                            Feature film – Produced and Directed

1983    Emmerdale                      Yorkshire

1983/4 One by One                     Zoo Vets drama series

1985    Emmerdale                      Yorkshire TV

1985/6 Hideaway                         6 x 50’All film on location London/Derbyshire

1987/8 Howard’s Way                  Sailing Series - based on my original concept

1989    Eastenders                        BBC

1990   Spikerhook/Nail Corner      Netherlands Drama series 

1991/2  Emmerdale                      Yorkshire

1993/4 Friends for Life                 Netherlands sit com Vrienden voor het Leven  UK title 'The Two of Us' (First Netherlands sitcom series made with UK production techniques)

 1995    After Henry/Zonder Ernst  Netherlands sit com - produced & directed

1996    Eastenders                         BBC

1997/8 Jansen-Jansen                     Netherlands Sit Com

1999/0 Blue Water Cruising             Produced and Directed in Caribbean

2000    Blue Water Destinations       Trinidad to Panama

2001    Blue Water Destinations        Panama to Galapagos 

2002    Blue Water Destinations        Marquises to Tahiti

2002    Blue Water Destinations        Society Islands to Fiji and Tonga

2003    Blue Water Destinations        Australia to Timor

2003/4 Blue Water Destinations         Indonesia to Sri Lanka

http://uk.imdb.com/name/nm0108468/  This should go to my IMDb page

 

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