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Ted Willis (I) (1918–1992)

Ted Willis was born on January 13, 1918 in Tottenham, Middlesex, England as Edward Henry Willis. He is known for his work on Woman in a Dressing Gown (1957), No Trees in the Street (1959) and Flame in the Streets (1961). He died on December 22, 1992 in Chislehurst, London, England. See full bio »

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(1961)
Mrs. Thursday Writer
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 1991 Mrs. Harris und der Heiratsschwindler (TV Movie) (teleplay)
  The Adventures of Dr. Bayer (TV Series) (13 episodes, 1985 - 1989) (written by - 1 episode, 1989)
- Lauter Notfälle (1989) ... (written by)
- Teure Tauben (1989)
- Esel Egon (1986)
- Hasso (1985)
 1989 Rivalen der Rennbahn (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Partner (1989) ... (writer)
- Das Attentat (1989) ... (writer)
- Gewinner und Verlierer (1989) ... (writer)
 1989 Mrs. Harris fährt nach Monte Carlo (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1987 Mrs. Harris fährt nach Moskau (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1987 Mrs. Harris - Der geschmuggelte Henry (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1984 Mrs. Harris - Freund mit Rolls Royce (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1978 Maneaters Are Loose! (TV Movie) (novel "Maneater")
 1977 Jubilee (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Street Party (1977) ... (writer)
  Hunter's Walk (TV Series) (creator - 39 episodes, 1973 - 1976) (writer - 1 episode, 1973)
- Kicking & Screaming (1976) ... (creator)
- Take Away (1976) ... (creator)
- Spinsters (1976) ... (creator)
- Missing (1976) ... (creator)
- Job (1976) ... (creator)
 1976 Barney's Last Battle (TV Movie)
  Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series) (creator - 432 episodes, 1955 - 1976) (writer - 201 episodes, 1955 - 1963)
- Reunion (1976) ... (creator)
- Legacy (1976) ... (creator)
- Jackpot (1976) ... (creator)
- Alice (1976) ... (creator)
- Everybody's Business (1976) ... (creator)
  The Adventures of Black Beauty (TV Series) (developer - 24 episodes, 1972 - 1973) (series developed by - 4 episodes, 1972 - 1974) (deviser - 2 episodes, 1973) (writer - 1 episode, 1972)
- The Last Charge (1974) ... (series developed by)
- The Escape (1974) ... (series developed by)
- Pocket Money (1973) ... (series developed by - as Ken Higgins)
- Out of the Night (1973) ... (creator)
- The Medicine Man (1973) ... (creator)
  Crime of Passion (TV Series) (creator - 32 episodes, 1970 - 1973) (writer - 3 episodes, 1970 - 1972)
- Chantal (1973) ... (creator)
- Claudine (1973) ... (creator)
- Gerard (1973) ... (creator)
- Oriane (1973) ... (creator)
- Henri (1973) ... (creator)
 1972 Our Miss Fred (from an original story by)
 1972 Boney (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Boney and the Black Opal (1972) ... (written by)
- Boney Picks a Widow (1972) ... (written by)
 1971 Alta comedia (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1971 Coppers End (TV Series) (creator - 13 episodes)
- Caught him - for a while! (1971) ... (creator)
- The Con (1971) ... (creator)
- Fog (1971) ... (creator)
- The Arrangement (1971) ... (creator)
- The Box of Blood (1971) ... (creator)
 1970 Zena u kucnoj haljini (TV Movie)
 1970 Keiner erbt für sich allein (TV Movie) (screenplay)
 1970 The Best Things in Life (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Up in Mabel's Room (1970) ... (writer)
 1970 Dream of a Summer Night (TV Movie)
 1970 Tage der Rache (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Zweiter Teil (1970) ... (writer)
- Erster Teil (1970) ... (writer)
 1969 Weh' dem, der erbt (TV Movie)
 1969 Vorortzug (TV Movie) (play "Dream of a Summer Night")
 1969 Noite de Verão (TV Movie)
  Virgin of the Secret Service (TV Series) (creator - 13 episodes, 1968) (writer - 3 episodes, 1968)
- Wings Over Glencraig (1968) ... (creator)
- The Professor Goes West (1968) ... (creator)
- A Fate Worse Than Death (1968) ... (creator)
- The Pyramid Plot (1968) ... (creator)
- Across the Silver Pass of Gusri Song (1968) ... (creator) / (writer)
  Mrs. Thursday (TV Series) (creator - 37 episodes, 1966 - 1967) (written by - 3 episodes, 1966)
- We Bid You All Goodbye (1967) ... (creator)
- Everything in Concert (1967) ... (creator)
- A Question of Being Entitled (1967) ... (creator)
- In the Sea Air (1967) ... (creator)
- Alice Is at It Again (1967) ... (creator)
  Sergeant Cork (TV Series) (creator - 44 episodes, 1963 - 1966) (deviser - 23 episodes, 1963 - 1964) (writer - 8 episodes, 1963 - 1964) (written by - 1 episode, 1966)
- The Case of the Hooded Students (1966) ... (creator) / (written by)
- The Case of the Silent Policeman (1966) ... (creator)
- The Case of the Crystal Ball (1966) ... (creator)
- The Case of the Fallen Family (1966) ... (creator)
- The Case of the Simple Savage (1966) ... (creator)
  Knock on Any Door (TV Series) (creator - 6 episodes, 1965 - 1966) (writer - 2 episodes, 1965 - 1966)
- The Paris Trip (1966) ... (creator)
- The Ballad of Queenie Swann (1966) ... (creator) / (writer)
- A Paragraph for Mr Blake (1965) ... (creator)
- The Guests of Honour (1965) ... (creator)
- The Knife (1965) ... (creator)
 1965 Love Story (TV Series) (1 episode)
  The Sullavan Brothers (TV Series) (1 episode, 1964) (creator - 3 episodes, 1964 - 1965) (writer - 2 episodes, 1965)
- The Humanist (1965) ... (writer)
- The Men on the Dolman Islands (1965) ... (writer)
- Incident (1965) ... (creator)
- A Question of Honour (1964) ... (creator)
- The Hostile Kind (1964)
 1964 The Four Seasons of Rosie Carr (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Long Winter Journey (1964) ... (writer)
- Autumn Near the Angel (1964) ... (writer)
- Summer in Matlock Street (1964) ... (writer)
- Spring at the Winged Horse (1964) ... (writer)
  Taxi! (TV Series) (creator - 26 episodes, 1963 - 1964) (writer - 4 episodes, 1963)
- It's a Mug's Game (1964) ... (creator)
- Two-Five-Two (1964) ... (creator)
- We've Got to Live in the Winter (1964) ... (creator)
- Will You Marry Face? (1964) ... (creator)
- Christmas in May (1964) ... (creator)
 1964 Pred svakim pragom (TV Movie)
 1964 Die Verantwortlichen (TV Movie) (play)
 1963 Bitter Harvest (screenplay)
 1962 Outbreak of Murder (TV Series) (writer - 7 episodes)
- The End of the Hunt (1962) ... (writer)
- Thumb-Print (1962) ... (writer)
- The Long Night (1962) ... (writer)
- High Pitch (1962) ... (writer)
- The Hot Piano (1962) ... (writer)
 1962 Thirty Minute Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Little Gold Mine (1962) ... (writer)
 1961 Flower of Evil (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 6 episodes)
- Twelve Hours to Zero (1961) ... (writer)
- The Ultimatum (1961) ... (writer)
- Death Warrants for Six (1961) ... (writer)
- The One That Got Away (1961) ... (writer)
- The Camp in the Mountains (1961) ... (writer)
 1961 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Horsemasters: Follow Your Heart (1961) ... (writer)
 1961 The Horsemasters (TV Movie) (Writer)
 1961 Flame in the Streets (play "Hot Summer Night" - uncredited) / (screenplay) / (story)
 1960 Horké dny (TV Movie) (play "Hot Summer Night")
 1960 The Scent of Fear (TV Movie)
 1960 The Days of Vengeance (TV Series) (writer - 6 episodes)
- Revelations (1960) ... (writer)
- A Bunch of Red Roses (1960) ... (writer)
- Book of Lamentations (1960) ... (writer)
- The Full Treatment (1960) ... (writer)
- Wound for Wound (1960) ... (writer)
 1960 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series) (adaptation - 1 episode)
 1960 ... und nach uns die Sintflut (TV Movie) (play)
 1959-1960 Tell It to the Marines (TV Series) (devised by - 30 episodes)
- Episode #1.30 (1960) ... (devised by)
- Episode #1.29 (1960) ... (devised by)
- Episode #1.28 (1960) ... (devised by)
- Episode #1.27 (1960) ... (devised by)
- Episode #1.26 (1960) ... (devised by)
 1960 Inside Story (TV Series) (script - 2 episodes)
- Big Bertha (1960) ... (script)
- A Touch of Brimstone (1960) ... (script)
  Gert and Daisy (TV Series) (creator - 6 episodes, 1959) (writer - 1 episode, 1959)
- Episode #1.6 (1959) ... (creator)
- Episode #1.5 (1959) ... (creator)
- Episode #1.4 (1959) ... (creator)
- Episode #1.3 (1959) ... (creator)
- Episode #1.2 (1959) ... (creator)
 1959 Armchair Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- The Scent of Fear (1959) ... (writer)
- Hot Summer Night (1959) ... (writer)
 1958 The Young and the Guilty (screenplay)
 1956-1958 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Strictly for the Sparrows (1958) ... (writer)
- Look in Any Window (1958) ... (writer)
- The Young and the Guilty (1956) ... (writer)
- Woman in a Dressing Gown (1956) ... (writer)
 1958 Dial 999 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Killing Job (1958) ... (writer)
 1957 Woman in a Dressing Gown (original screenplay) / (original story)
 1956 It's Great to Be Young! (original story) / (screenplay)
 1956 Big City (TV Mini-Series) (9 episodes)
- Rogue Male (1956)
- Beginners Please (1956)
- Top Secret (1956)
- Press Gang (1956)
 1955 One Good Turn (screenplay)
 1954 Burnt Evidence (screenplay)
 1953 The Long Rope (screenplay) / (story)
 1953 Trouble in Store (screenplay)
 1953 The Pattern of Marriage (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- For Better or for Worse (1953) ... (writer)
- A Son (1953) ... (writer)
- Two's Company (1953) ... (writer)
- A Home of Their Own (1953) ... (writer)
 1953 Top of the Form (screenplay)
 1952 The Wallet
 1951 A Story of Achievement (Documentary)
 1951 What Happens to Love (TV Movie) (play) / (television adaptation)
 1951 The Undefeated (Documentary short) (writer)
 1950 The Blue Lamp (original treatment)
 1949 The Huggetts Abroad (screenplay)
 1949 A Boy, a Girl and a Bike (screenplay)
 1948 Good-Time Girl (writer)
 1947 Holiday Camp (additional dialogue)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

His play, "Hot Summer Night", was performed at the New Theatre in London, England with John Slater, Joan Miller, Andree Melly, Harold Scott and Lloyd Reckord in the cast. Peter Cotes was the director.

Alternate Names:

Ken Higgins | Lord Willis
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Trivia:

British playwright, novelist and screenwriter. One of British TV's most prolific creators of programs, he was considered a pioneer of 'social realism'. He was made a peer in 1963.

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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