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She was a BBC script editor from the 1960s and worked on key BBC drama series and serials including North and South (1975) and I, Claudius (1976). She went on to form a strong working partnership with producer Jonathan Powell, script editing many of Powell's most successful drama serials including the hit adaptations of A Christmas Carol (1977), Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1979), The Barchester Chronicles (1982) and The Old Men at the Zoo (1983).
She was eventually given the chance to produce an adaptation of Mansfield Park (BBC 1983), later producing adaptations of Tender Is the Night (1985), Bleak House (1985) and Fortunes of War (1987), the latter two earned her BAFTA nominations.
She continues to work as a Consultant Producer on the ITV detective drama Midsomer Murders.