Don Houghton

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Don Houghton
Born (1930-02-02)February 2, 1930
Paris, France
Died July 2, 1991(1991-07-02) (aged 61)
Collier County, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Screenwriter and television producer.
Period 1951–1985
Genre Drama, adventure, science fiction
Spouse Pik-Sen Lim
Children Sara Houghton

Donald Herbert "Don" Houghton (2 February 1930 – 2 July 1991) was a British television screenwriter.

Career[edit]

Born in Paris, Houghton started writing for radio in 1951 before moving into film and television in 1958. In the 1970s, he was a primary writer for Hammer Films including for Dracula AD 1972, The Satanic Rites of Dracula, The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires and Shatter.

His television work includes Doctor Who for which he wrote the serials Inferno (1970)[1] and The Mind of Evil (1971),[2] the fifth Sapphire & Steel television story (known informally as Dr McDee Must Die) co-written with Anthony Read, Emergency – Ward 10, Crossroads, Ace of Wands, New Scotland Yard, The Professionals and at least one episode of C.A.T.S. Eyes (1985).

Houghton created and wrote for the soap opera Take the High Road (1980). He also wrote three novels: Column of Thieves and Blood Brigade and Take the High Road: Summer's Gloaming.

Personal life[edit]

Houghton was married to actress Pik-Sen Lim. Their daughter Sara Houghton is also an actress.

Writing credits[edit]

Production Notes Broadcaster
Emergency – Ward 10
  • 24 episodes (1965–1966)
ITV
Ace of Wands
  • "Now You See It, Now You Don't" (1970)
ITV
The Flaxton Boys
  • 13 episodes (1969–1970)
ITV
Doctor Who BBC1
New Scotland Yard
  • 6 episodes (1972–1973)
ITV
Dracula A.D. 1972
  • Feature film (1972)
N/A
The Satanic Rites of Dracula
  • Feature film (1973)
N/A
Shatter
  • Feature film (1974)
N/A
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
  • Feature film (1974)
N/A
The Doombolt Chase
  • 6 episodes (1978)
HTV
The Professionals
  • "A Stirring of Dust" (1978)
  • "Backtrack" (1979)
ITV
Take the High Road
  • "Episode #1.1" (1980)
  • "Episode #1.4" (1980)
ITV
Scottish Television
Sapphire & Steel
  • "Doctor McDee Must Die" (co-written with Anthony Read, 1981)
ITV
Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense
  • "Black Carrion" (1984)
ITV
C.A.T.S. Eyes
  • "Frightmare" (1985)
ITV

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/s7/doctor-who/news/a523254/doctor-who-top-10-best-stories-6-inferno.html
  2. ^ Howe, Stammer, Walker (1994), Doctor Who The Seventies, Doctor Who Books 

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