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Who is Michael E. Briant?: a memoir by the Doctor Who director Paperback – April 29, 2012
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After a career as a child actor, Michael E. Briant joined the BBC in the Sixties, working on many different drama series including several early Hartnell and Troughton Doctor Who stories. In 1969 he cut his directorial teeth on shows such as The Newcomers and Z Cars. On the strength of his direction of the six-part Jon Pertwee Doctor Who adventure Colony in Space, Barry Letts invited Briant back to Who every subsequent season during his tenure as producer. Two of his stand-out stories of this period include The Sea Devils and the much-loved Jo Grant swansong The Green Death. Work on popular dramas Sutherland’s Law and Dixon of Dock Green followed, as well as two more Who stories with Tom Baker as the Doctor, including the highly-regarded Robots of Death. Although Robots turned out to be his last Who, Briant was in at the start of another science fiction drama, Terry Nation’s Blake’s 7. Briant’s love of the sea and sailing was indulged by work on naval drama Warship, classic serial Treasure Island and The Onedin Line. More popular drama followed including Secret Army, episodes of which he considers to be amongst his finest work, and the Emmy award-winning Dickens serial A Tale of Two Cities which he also adapted. After a brief sojourn heading up a video film company, Briant directed popular zoo vet series One By One and sailing drama Howards’ Way. Briant subsequently brought British drama and comedy production techniques to the Netherlands, winning many awards in the process. In the mid-Nineties, Briant decided to fulfil his lifelong sailing ambitions and had many adventures on the high seas during his circumnavigation of the world, making two sailing series en route and writing several books. Michael now lives in Spain.
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