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As a part of the 2007 BBC Television series “The Edwardians, the Birth of Now”,  I wrote the script for, and played the title role in this drama documentary. (Photograph by Rolf Marriot.)

Production pictures from ‘The Double Life of Saki’.  On the left, setting up, are  Paul Parsons (Sound Recordist) and Spike Geilinger (DOP).

Produced and directed by Andrew Hutton, the show explored the life and works of  the writer H. H. Munro, whose pen-name was Saki and who died in the First World War.  His short stories remain classics of their kind amused and amusing, and very often quite dark.

In the photo on the left, Andrew Hutton talks to Spike in the background, while in fore-

ground are me and Liz Loach (Art Dept). Right: Munro awaits action.


THE DOUBLE LIFE OF SAKI


THREE VERY DIFFERENT BOOKS


MORE DOINGS


“Out of His Mind” is a 1996 comedy about characters from a fantasy novel who escape from their creator’s imagination into the real world. “Lowlake” is a fairly traditional ghost story. I’d wanted to set it in the 1950’s, but my editor at Scholastic thought kids wanted ‘now’, not ‘yesterday’. The central character is a girl, and originally the story opened with her as an adult looking back on her youth. As for “Pieces of the Game”, I’m not sure many people got past the dull cover. Inside is an exciting tale of two young people who go on a search for their father, who leaves home one day and does not return.  Incidentally, “Out of His Mind” is another work that suffers from incomprehensible blurb. I defy anyone to make head or tail of it. Where do these people come from?


When writing to literati

Be trenchant and terribly arty,

Then, if you look,

You’ll be in a book

All high-falutin’ an’ farty

Letters to Literati