Dennis Main Wilson
|Dennis Main Wilson|
1 May 1924|
|Died||20 January 1997
Cause of death
|Occupation||Radio and television producer|
After wartime work for the German Service of the BBC, he worked in comedy. He was producer of the The Goon Show's first two series. Owing to his fondness for alcohol, the Goons nicknamed him 'Dennis Main Drain'. Subsequently he produced the first four series of Hancock's Half Hour on radio before leaving to train in television. Till Death Us Do Part, also for the BBC, is his best remembered television work.
Other shows he produced include Sykes and a... with Eric Sykes and Hattie Jacques, Here's Harry with Harry Worth, It's Marty starring Marty Feldman and The Rag Trade (which he also directed). He had less success with Private Eye TV, an attempt to turn the magazine Private Eye into a television programme.
In 1976, a scene-shifter at the BBC handed him a script he had written. Main Wilson turned it into Citizen Smith. The scene-shifter was John Sullivan, who later wrote Just Good Friends, Dear John and Only Fools and Horses. Main Wilson gave TV breaks to Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Griff Rhys Jones and Emma Thompson.
Main Wilson died of lung cancer at the age of 72.
His son, Andrew Main Wilson, became chief executive officer of the Association of MBAs (AMBA) on 17 August 2013. Until March 2013 Andrew Main Wilson was chief operating officer of the Institute of Directors.
- Only Fools and Horses, Author:Graham McCann,Canongate Books 2011, p.21
- GRO Register of Deaths: JAN 1997 A1B 212 WEST SURREY - Dennis Main Wilson, DoB = 1 May 1924, aged 72
- Stevens, Christopher (2010). Born Brilliant: The Life Of Kenneth Williams. John Murray. p. 360. ISBN 1-84854-195-3.
- Screenonline on Dennis Main Wilson
- BBC Comedy Guide on Dennis Main Wilson
- Daily Telegraph obituary
- 1991 Bectu interview Part 1, Part 2, part 3, part 4