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Shaun O'Riordan

Wednesday, 20 February 2008 14:56

Producer and director of Sapphire & Steel ...

 

Known as an outstanding producer and director, first of television comedy then atmospheric suspense dramas, Shaun O'Riordan began his career as an actor.

Having studied at the Old Vic Theatre School where he specialised in Shakespearean comedies, Shaun began his televison career as one of the repertory players in The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Richard Greene, appearing in a variety of roles over successive episodes.

After playing Eddie, the dim-witted but enthusiastic son of Peggy Mount and David Kossoff's Ada and Alf for four years in the popular comedy The Larkins, he moved behind the camera gaining experience as a technician and religious programme director before becoming a fully fledged director.

From working on the hospital drama Emergency - Ward 10, Shaun directed Charlie Drake's 1965 comedy series The Worker and the Six Of The Best episode "Me And My Big Mouth" starring Alfie Bass and Peter Bowles. He reteamed with Peggy Mount, directing George and the Dragon, starring Sid James and John Le Mesurier, then in John Browne's Body and Lollipop Loves Mr Mole, written for her and Hugh Lloyd by Dad’s Army co-writer Jimmy Perry.

Producer of Goodbye Again, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's follow-up to Not Only... But Also, Shaun produced and directed the sitcom Girls About Town starring Play School's Julie Stevens, The Best Things in Life featuring Harry H Corbett as a cockney spiv and June Whitfield as his fiancée Mabel, and The Squirrels, Eric Chappell's first sitcom prior to Rising Damp.

Moving away from comedy, in the 1970s Shaun directed seven plays in ITV's Thriller series as well as working on Scorpion Tales. He produced the children's serials No Place to Hide and Come Back Lucy which eventually led to his involvement on P J Hammond's Sapphire and Steel which effectively married the two genres.

Suggesting Joanna Lumley and David McCallum play the title roles, Shaun produced all six adventures in the series and shared the directing duties with David Foster, effectively creating the sense of menace and unease that pervaded the studio-bound drama.

 

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