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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2021 2:09 pm    Post subject: Richard Harris Reply with quote

I was just looking at the illustrious career of writer Richard Harris. It seems he is still with us! I can't see a thread for him here, though.

As well as writing some amazing Avengers stories (The Interrogators, Game, The Winged Avenger, Hunt the Man Down and Square Root of Evil) he also created the cult private eye series Man in a Suitcase, Shoestring, and The Last Detective (which I've just watched the first episode of, and it's great) - and wrote episodes of the best such TV show ever made, Public Eye.

He even wrote for the BBC's "answer to the Avengers", Adam Adamant Lives. Which is your favourite from his stunning CV? I must admit a huge amount of my DVD collection features his superlative work.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2021 4:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Richard Harris Reply with quote

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I was just looking at the illustrious career of writer Richard Harris. It seems he is still with us! I can't see a thread for him here, though.

As well as writing some amazing Avengers stories (The Interrogators, Game, The Winged Avenger, Hunt the Man Down and Square Root of Evil) he also created the cult private eye series Man in a Suitcase, Shoestring, and The Last Detective (which I've just watched the first episode of, and it's great) - and wrote episodes of the best such TV show ever made, Public Eye.

He even wrote for the BBC's "answer to the Avengers", Adam Adamant Lives. Which is your favourite from his stunning CV? I must admit a huge amount of my DVD collection features his superlative work.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0365234/?ref_=ttfc_fc_wr1




I'm glad you posted this....at first I sorta confused him with the Irish actor, Richard Harris, who also had a brief recording career in the U.S. and had a huge hit (#2) MacArthur's park, (written by Jimmy Webb) ...but then remember the writer...Born in 1934, and still with us at 87...

What a career he had writing...some truly great work...over the years
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2021 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He did a huge amount of work in the action /drama genre but one of my favourites of his was the comedy series Outside Edge.

He has also written a lot for the stage (in fact Outside Edge was adapted from one of his plays). Many years ago I saw a brilliantly spooky production of his starring Jenny Seagrove but I forget the title.

Always a dependable name on the opening credits, great to know he is still with us.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2021 1:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian Wegg wrote:
He did a huge amount of work in the action /drama genre but one of my favourites of his was the comedy series Outside Edge.

He has also written a lot for the stage (in fact Outside Edge was adapted from one of his plays). Many years ago I saw a brilliantly spooky production of his starring Jenny Seagrove but I forget the title.

Always a dependable name on the opening credits, great to know he is still with us.


Seagrove...yeah, I remember her...saw her in misc programs over the years, interesting career...I'm wondering if that play you saw with her, was the LAST LAUGH ? maybe not....anyways, Harris knew his way around a script, truly unsung hero in UK plays/television
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2021 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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He has also written a lot for the stage (in fact Outside Edge was adapted from one of his plays).
Ah, I remember the Outside Edge TV series with Brenda Blethyn and Robert Daws. Did any of the cast transfer over from stage to screen? I read about a visit to the play in its early days by the Blakes 7 appreciation society members, one of the latter series' cast must've been in it, and I recalled it being a cricketing term. He definitely had a deft hand for comedy. Really good writer all round. The Last Detective season 1 episode 1 that I just watched had some lovely lighter moments amid a pretty grim crime tale; and the actors perfectly caught every element of the script.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2021 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Many years ago I saw a brilliantly spooky production of his starring Jenny Seagrove but I forget the title.


Was it this one? https://www.thisistheatre.com/londonshows/deadguilty.html
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2021 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah I hadn't appreciated that he was still alive.

I really enjoy his adaptation of The Norwood Builder for Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes.

Only bits of his Adam Adamant Lives! pilot episode survived. The Last Sacrifice and The Doomsday Plan are both very enjoyable episodes.

I hope he's well.
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Yes, that was one of the best Sherlock Holmes adaptions ever made. I think it's our first glimpse of the great Colin "Winged Avenger" Jeavons playing Inspector Lestrade? I loved watching that series in the 80s, it looked great fun to make and a million dollars on screen.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2021 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frankymole wrote:
Ian Wegg wrote:

Many years ago I saw a brilliantly spooky production of his starring Jenny Seagrove but I forget the title.

Was it this one? https://www.thisistheatre.com/londonshows/deadguilty.html

Dead Guilty - yes that would be it, thanks.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2021 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian Wegg wrote:
Frankymole wrote:
Ian Wegg wrote:

Many years ago I saw a brilliantly spooky production of his starring Jenny Seagrove but I forget the title.

Was it this one? https://www.thisistheatre.com/londonshows/deadguilty.html

Dead Guilty - yes that would be it, thanks.


I remember reading about it..eons ago...surfing on my Macintosh Quadra 650

also hayley Mills....who came a long ways from her time at Disney....
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2021 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent screenwriter to admire. By the way, Richard Harris was the only one writer who made his way from the Police Surgeon through the video and film era of The Avengers!!! And he is still with us, yes. Wink
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