Mark Tavener

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Mark Tavener (1952/1953 - 2007) was a British novelist who wrote mostly for radio but also for television.

Life[edit]

Born and brought up in Plymouth, educated at Plymouth College and Peterhouse Cambridge. He died of cancer on the 18th October 2007, aged 54.[1]

Work[edit]

His 1989 satirical novel In the Red[2] was adapted for radio (with Peter Baynham) in 1995, and television in 1998. Further radio shows using the same characters followed: In the Red, In the Balance, In the Chair, and In the End.

A spin-off series, Absolute Power appeared in 2000, starring Stephen Fry and John Bird as a pair of spin doctors, both of whom were recently fired from the BBC managerial roles they hold in In the Red and its sequels. After four series on BBC Radio 4 it was transferred to television. [3]

Other radio show credits include High Table, Lower Orders, featuring Geoffrey Palmer and Rebecca Front and His Master's Voice.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC News (23 October 2007). "Radio 4 writer Mark Tavener dies". Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Tavener, Mark (1990). In the Red. London: Hutchinson. ISBN 9780091743567. 
  3. ^ BBC Comedy. "Absolute Power". Retrieved 6 December 2013.