Michael E. Briant
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|Michael E. Briant|
|Born||Michael Edwin Briant|
14 February 1942
Bournemouth, Hampshire, England
Michael E. Briant (born 14 February 1942 in Bournemouth, Hampshire, England) is an English television director, producer and actor, best known for his work as a director for BBC television drama in the 1970s and 1980s.
At the age of 21 he joined the BBC as an assistant floor manager in the drama department and a year later became a Production Assistant. In 1966, he took a Directors Course and he subsequently directed series such as Z-Cars and Doctor Who.
For Doctor Who, he directed Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker in a total of six serials: Colony in Space, The Sea Devils, The Green Death, Death to the Daleks, Revenge of the Cybermen and The Robots of Death. He went on to direct several episodes from the first season of Blake's 7 in 1978, and Secret Army between 1978 and 1979. He later directed four of the six episodes of its sequel, Kessler, and the thriller series Blood Money, in which he cast many of the actors from Secret Army.
Briant's other work included a BBC adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, the Emmy-award-winning BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens's story A Tale of Two Cities, the feature film Tangiers, the series Hideaway and many more productions, including Howards' Way and EastEnders. He also spent time directing television in the Netherlands.
Briant has been involved with DVD releases of his Doctor Who episodes, appearing on various documentaries and commentary tracks. He has also become a successful author. His autobiography Who is Michael Briant? has been published by Classic Press and his books French Canal Routes to the Mediterranean, The Gentle Sailing Route to the Mediterranean, Strait Sailing to Gibraltar and Living Aboard Around the World have been published by EdwinEditions.
- Tangiers (1982)