John Gorrie (director)

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John Gorrie
John Sumner Gorrie

(1932-08-11) 11 August 1932 (age 89)
OccupationScreenwriter; director

John Gorrie (born 11 August 1932, Hastings, East Sussex) is an English director and screenwriter. He began his career as an actor, but in early 1963 he completed the BBCs director's course. His first assignments as a director were for the soap opera Compact and the anthology series Suspense.[citation needed] He directed the Doctor Who serial The Keys of Marinus.[1]

He directed episodes of Out of the Unknown,[2] Edward the Seventh[3] (which he also co-wrote), Play for Today,[4] and Tales of the Unexpected.[5] Gorrie also directed John Osborne's adaptation of Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (1976) for the Play of the Month series.[3]

In 1979, John Gorrie directed two classics: Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (taping dates 16–21 May, first transmitted in the UK on 6 January 1980), and The Tempest (taping dates 23–28 July, first transmitted in the UK on 27 February 1980) in the BBC Television Shakespeare project.[6]


  1. ^ Muir, John Kenneth (2015). A Critical History of Doctor Who on Television. McFarland. p. 86. ISBN 9781476604541.
  2. ^ Baade, Christina L.; Deaville, James Andrew (2016). Music and the Broadcast Experience: Performance, Production, and Audience. Oxford University Press. p. 111. ISBN 9780199314713.
  3. ^ a b Croall, Jonathan (2011). John Gielgud: Matinee Idol to Movie Star. A&C Black. p. 534. ISBN 9781408131077.
  4. ^ Shubik, Irene (2000). Play For Today: The Evolution of Television Drama. Manchester University Press. pp. 42–56. ISBN 9780719056871.
  5. ^ "Tales of the Unexpected : The Sound Machine (1981) - John Gorrie | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related | AllMovie" – via
  6. ^ Willis, Susan (1991). The BBC Shakespeare Plays: Making the Televised Canon. UNC Press. p. 18. ISBN 9780807843178.

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