Mark Tavener

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


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]


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.


  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.