John Elliot (author)

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John Elliot
Born (1918-07-04)July 4, 1918
Castle Hill, England
Died August 14, 1997(1997-08-14) (aged 79)
Clifton, England
Occupation Screenwriter and television producer.
Period 1954–1993
Genre Drama, adventure, science fiction

John Herbert Elliot (4 July 1918 – 14 August 1997) was a British novelist, screenwriter and television producer. Between 1954 and 1960 he scripted a succession of one-off television plays including War in the Air and A Man from the Sun. In 1961 he joined with astronomer Fred Hoyle (to ensure scientific authenticity) to write the ground-breaking science fiction serial A for Andromeda which set the tone for all which was to follow in its stead. The success of A For Andromeda prompted a sequel, The Andromeda Breakthrough, in 1962.

Following Andromeda, Elliot wrote more one-off plays, but his talents were underused by the BBC. He resigned from the BBC in 1963 but, as a parting gift, offered an option on his concept for the drama series Mogul (renamed The Troubleshooters from the second series) for which he wrote much of the seven series.

His other works include programmes such as Fall of Eagles and Survival as well as novels including Duel, Blood Upon the Snow, and A For Andromeda and The Andromeda Breakthrough (also co-written with Fred Hoyle).

Writing credits[edit]

Production Notes Broadcaster
War in the Air
  • 15 episodes (1954–1955)
BBC1
A Man from the Sun
  • Television film (1956)
BBC1
Television Playwright
  • "High Fidelity" (1959)
BBC1
Who Pays the Piper?
  • Television film (1960)
BBC1
BBC Sunday-Night Play
  • "Off Centre" (1961)
BBC1
They Met in a City
  • "Ladies from a Spa" (1961)
BBC1
A for Andromeda BBC1
The Andromeda Breakthrough
  • 6 episodes (co-written with Fred Hoyle, 1962)
BBC1
Maigret
  • "Death in Mind" (1962)
BBC1
First Night
  • "The Youngest Profession" (1963)
  • "Hunt the Man" (1964)
BBC1
Love Story
  • "The Truth Game" (1964)
ITV
Z-Cars
  • "A Morning's Sport" (1965)
BBC1
Mogul
  • 20 episodes (1965–1970)
BBC1
Rainbow City
  • "What Sort of a Boy?" (1967)
  • "Why You Marry?" (1967)
  • "A Better Fortune" (1967)
  • "Always on Sunday" (1967)
BBC1
A Stranger on the Hills
  • Television film (1970)
BBC1
BBC Play of the Month
  • "Platonov" (1971)
BBC1
Brett
  • "The Saxby Route" (1971)
BBC1
Play for Today
  • "Better Than the Movies" (1972)
  • "The Chief Mourner" (1979)
BBC1
The Shadow of the Tower
  • "The White Hart" (1972)
BBC2
Shelley
  • Television film (1972)
BBC2
The Fox
  • Television film (1973)
BBC2
Fall of Eagles
  • Television miniseries (1974)
BBC1
The Double Dealers
  • "Come in Number One" (1974)
BBC2
The Madness
  • Television film (1976)
BBC2
According to Hoyle
  • Television film (1977)
BBC2
A Life at Stake
  • "So, Who's Sick?" (1978)
BBC
Spy!
  • "The Murder Machine" (1980)
  • "The Venlo Incident" (1980)
BBC1
Escape
  • "Hijack to Mogadishu" (1980)
BBC2
The Brack Report
  • "Chapter 3" (1982)
  • "Chapter 4" (1982)
  • "Chapter 9" (1982)
ITV
Man-Eaters of India
  • Television film (1986)
BBC
Flying for Fun: An Affair with an Aeroplane
  • Television film (1987)
BBC1
A Chance to Dance
  • Television film (1993)
ITV

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Category Result Reference
1971 British Academy Television Awards The Troubleshooters Shell International Award Won

Books by John Elliot[edit]

  • A for Andromeda (1962), Souvenir Press, ISBN 978-0-285-63588-3
  • MOGUL: The Making of a Myth (1970), Barrie & Jenkins, SBN 214-65078-2

Further reading[edit]

  • MacKenzie, S. (2006), "War in the Air : Churchill, the Air Ministry and the BBC response to Victory at Sea", Contemporary British History [1]

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