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smudger
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:43 pm    Post subject: Robert Tronson Reply with quote

Not a major player in the history of The Avengers, but his death last year (Nov) seems to gone unnoted here. Despite his only directing one episode from the Hendry season (which is lost), his obituaries, notably in The Independent, mentioned him as an Avengers director.

Robert Tronson directed many memorable 60s series - Man in a Suitcase, Callan, Armchair Theatre, Public Eye and Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased). I seem to recall he was one of the regular Bergerac directors back in the 80s. He also directed an excellent BBC thriller starring the wonderful Denis Quilley, caled Murder of a Moderate Man.

I got in touch with him in the late 80s to interview him about his various contributions to cult series. I think the interview may have been intended for the magazine Timescreen (if anyone here remembers that). He asked for typed questions sent to him on set whilst working in Birmingham on the ITV series Boon. His response came back in a gloriously elegant longhand. From what I remember (it was 20+ years ago!) his comment about his Avengers experience was that the script had been written by a Canadian lumberjack and was "a terrible script in a lifetime of bad scripts!"

I was also lucky enough to be in regular-ish contact with writer Dennis Spooner at the time, and he remembered the same about Fred Edge, writer of Tronson's episode, 'The Radioactive Man'. When I asked Dennis how a lumberjack came to write an episode of a British TV series, he delighted in the absurdity of it. "No idea!" - but with a suggestion that it was just the kind of thing that happened in the early days of ITV. (Dennis also wrote early Avengers episodes as you'll know, plus the Tara King classic 'Look, Stop Me...' and numerous New Avengers).

Anyhow - Robert Tronson, R.I.P.

Links to obituaries below:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/robert-tronson-director-whose-television-work-included-the-avengers-and-the-darling-buds-of-may-1242502.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/3546275/Robert-Tronson.html
(with excellent pic)
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article5320874.ece
As ever, there's a good thread at Brit Movie Forum
http://www.britmovie.co.uk/forums/directors-film-crew/20545-robert-tronson-r-i-p.html

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Andrew


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Robert Tronson Reply with quote

smudger wrote:
Not a major player in the history of The Avengers, but his death last year (Nov 0Cool seems to gone unnoted here. Despite his only directing one episode from the Hendry season (which is lost), his obituaries, notably in The Independent, mentioned him as an Avengers director.

Robert Tronson directed many memorable 60s series - Man in a Suitcase, Callan, Armchair Theatre, Public Eye and Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased). I seem to recall he was one of the regular Bergerac directors back in the 80s. He also directed an excellent BBC thriller starring the wonderful Denis Quilley.

I got in touch with him in the late 80s to interview him about his various contributions to cult series. I think the interview may have been intended for the magazine Timescreen. He preferred to reply to a set of typed questions sent to him on set working in Birmingham on the ITV series Boon. His response came back in glorious longhand. From what I remember (it was 20+ years ago!) his comment about his Avengers experience was that the script had been written by a Canadian lumberjack and was "a terrible script in a lifetime of bad scripts!"

I was also lucky enough to be in regular-ish contact with writer Dennis Spooner at the time, and he remembered the same about Fred Edge, writer of Tronson's episode, 'The Radioactive Man'. When I asked Dennis how a lumberjack came to write an episode of a British TV series, he delighted in the absurdity of it. "No idea!" - but with a suggestion that it was just the kind of thing that happened in the early days of ITV. (Dennis also wrote early Avengers episodes as you'll know, plus the Tara King classic 'Look, Stop Me...' and numerous New Avengers).

Anyhow - Robert Tronson, R.I.P.

Links to obituaries below:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/robert-tronson-director-whose-television-work-included-the-avengers-and-the-darling-buds-of-may-1242502.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/3546275/Robert-Tronson.html
(with excellent pic)
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article5320874.ece
As ever, there's a good thread at Brit Movie Forum
http://www.britmovie.co.uk/forums/directors-film-crew/20545-robert-tronson-r-i-p.html

Best
Andrew


big thanks for bringing this to our attention..great info !
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you - an unsung hero indeed. May he RIP and I look forward to seeing some of his work!
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