|Born||John Michael Gibbon
27 January 1942
Fulmer, Buckinghamshire, England
|Spouse(s)||Moya McCarthy (m. 1976)|
He directed and produced the BBC televised soap opera, EastEnders. He began directing the programme in 1985 and began producing the programme in 1988. He became the show's new boss following the departure of show creator and series producer Julia Smith. Due to personal conflict with the series' head, Peter Cregeen, he was replaced by Michael Ferguson. It has been reported that Gibbon controversially called for the killing of at least 10 long-running characters in a bid to boost ratings. According to writer David Yallop, acting ability was a key factor in deciding which members of the cast to get rid of. Cast lists were marked with black asterisks, signifying a death for their character. One of the penned plots saw characters die in an IRA bombing. However, the plots never came to fruition, as Gibbon was demoted and then resigned from the serial.
He is also deviser and adaptor, with David Yallop, of Herbert Jenkins's Bindle book series.
- New Scotland Yard (1972) - Director
- Helen: A Woman of Today (1973) - Director
- Thick as Thieves (1974) - Director
- Within These Walls (1974) - Director
- Intimate Strangers (1974) - Director
- Emmerdale Farm -Director
- The Brack Report (1982) - Director
- Airline -Director
- Fair City (1988) - Director
- City of the Rich - Executive producer
- The Log of the Ark - Producer
- Remains To Be Seen
- The League Against Christmas
- Brake, Colin (1995). EastEnders: The First 10 Years: A Celebration. BBC Books. ISBN 0-563-37057-2.
- "'EastEnders' writer wins pounds 68,000 from BBC". London: The Independent. 1992-10-17. Retrieved 2009-07-19.
- Oulton, Charles (1992-10-06). "Scriptwriter lost job after giving IRA a role in soap". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2009-07-19.
- "Soap opera's producers 'aimed axe at poor acting'". London: The Independent. 1992-10-08. Retrieved 2009-07-19.
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