N. J. Crisp

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N.J. Crisp
Born (1923-12-11)11 December 1923
Southampton, England
Died 14 June 2005(2005-06-14) (aged 81)
Southampton, England
Occupation Novelist, playwright and screenwriter.
Period 1959–2005
Genre Comedy, drama, adventure, science fiction
Spouse Marguerite Lowe
Children 3 sons, 1 daughter

Norman James Crisp (11 December 1923 – 14 June 2005), known as a writer only by his initials and surname, N.J. Crisp, was a prolific British television writer, dramatist and novelist.

In the sixties after writing some single dramas, Crisp moved to writing for serials and turned out scripts for many BBC series including Compact, R3, Dixon of Dock Green, Dr Finlay's Casebook, Colditz and Secret Army.

In 1968, he co-created The Expert, a serial about a forensic scientist, with Gerard Glaister, the producer. In 1972 the pair repeated the act with the boardroom drama The Brothers.

His 1996 play That Good Night starred Donald Sinden, Nigel Davenport, Lucy Fleming, Patrick Ryecart and Julie-Kate Olivier and was directed by Edward Hall.

Crisp's 1987 psychological thriller Dangerous Obsession was filmed in 1999 as Darkness Falls, starring Ray Winstone, Tim Dutton and Sherilyn Fenn. However, Crisp was so appalled at the end result and how his famously intricate plot had been turned on its head without his permission that he insisted on having his name removed from the final print.[citation needed]

He was married to Marguerite (née Lowe), had three sons and one daughter and five grandchildren.

Writing credits[edit]

Production Notes Broadcaster
The Dark Man
  • Television drama (1960)
BBC Television
BBC Sunday-Night Play
  • "A Kind of Strength" (1961)
  • "The Alderman" (1962)
  • "The Man Who Opted Out" (1962)
  • "The Stepfather" (1962)
BBC Television
ITV Play of the Week
  • "Two on the Beach" (1961)
  • "The Gentle Assassin" (1962)
  • "Danger Zone" (1963)
ITV
24-Hour Call
  • "Cry for Help" (1963)
ITV
Taxi!
  • "The Runaway" (1963)
  • "The Accident" (1963)
BBC Television
Compact
  • "A Job for the Boy" (1963)
BBC Television
It's a Woman's World
  • "Jean" (1964)
ITV
Dixon of Dock Green
  • 66 episodes (1964–1972, 1974–1975)
BBC1
The Sullavan Brothers
  • "The Guilty Go Free" (1965)
ITV
Armchair Mystery Theatre
  • "The Hunter" (1965)
ITV
The Man in Room 17
  • "The Seat of Power" (1965)
ITV
R3
  • "The Astronaut" (1964)
  • "A State of Anxiety" (1964)
  • "Patterns of Behaviour" (1965)
  • "The Fratton Experiment" (1965)
  • "Experiment in Death" (1965)
BBC1
The Flying Swan
  • "The Cupboard" (1965)
  • "The Contract" (1965)
BBC1
Quick Before They Catch Us
  • "Power of Three" (1966)
BBC1
Trapped
  • "Journey Into Nowhere" (1967)
ITV
The Revenue Men
  • 6 episodes (1967–1968)
BBC2
The First Lady
  • "A Little Goodwill" (1968)
  • "Yes, But Who Am I?" (1968)
BBC1
Dr. Finlay's Casebook
  • 15 episodes (1964–1967, 1969)
BBC1
The Doctors
  • "Episode #1.7" (1969)
  • "Episode #1.8" (1969)
BBC1
Doomwatch BBC1
Codename
  • "Target" (1970)
BBC2
With Love in Mind
  • Feature film (1970)
N/A
Owen, M.D.
  • 6 episodes (1971–1972)
BBC1
The Long Chase
  • 13 episodes (1972)
BBC1
The Man Who Was Hunting Himself
  • Television miniseries (1973)
BBC1
Spy Trap
  • 7 episodes (1972–1973)
BBC1
Great Mysteries
  • "The Power of Fear" (1973)
  • "Ice Storm" (1974)
ITV
Colditz
  • "Welcome to Colditz" (1972)
  • "Bribery and Corruption" (1972)
  • "Arrival of a Hero" (1974)
  • "The Gambler" (1974)
  • "Death Sentence" (1974)
BBC1
You're on Your Own BBC1
Oil Strike North
  • "The Floating Bomb" (1975)
  • "Shore Leave" (1975)
  • "The Fatal Hours: Part 1" (1975)
  • "The Fatal Hours: Part 2" (1975)
BBC1
Dangerous Knowledge
  • 6 episodes (1976)
ITV
The Expert
  • 62 episodes (1968–1976)
BBC1
The Brothers
  • 92 episodes (1972–1976)
BBC1
Jubilee
  • "Ramsey" (1977)
BBC1
The Mackinnons
  • "Man from the Past" (1977)
  • "Working Weekend" (1977)
  • "The Ex-Mrs. Mackinnon" (1977)
  • "A New Life" (1977)
BBC1
Secret Army
  • 9 episodes (1977–1979)
BBC1
Enemy at the Door
  • "The Librarian" (1978)
  • "The Jerrybag" (1978)
  • "Post Mortem" (1980)
  • "The Right Blood" (1980)
ITV
A Family Affair
  • 10 episodes (1979)
BBC1
Buccaneer
  • 13 episodes (1980)
BBC1
Squadron
  • "Independence Day" (1982)
BBC1
The Odd Job Man
  • Television miniseries (1984)
BBC1
Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death Channel 4
Murder Elite
  • Feature film (1985)
N/A
Strike It Rich!
  • "Suspicions" (1986)
  • "Extraordinary General Meeting" (1986)
BBC1
Sunday Pursuit
  • Short film (1990)
HTV
Coup de Foudre
  • "Retour" (co-written with Jean Curtelin, 1991)
Canal+
France 2

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