|Born||Wilfred Glyn Greatorex|
27 May 1921
|Died||14 October 2002 (aged 81)|
Taplow, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
|Occupation||Television writer, Screenwriter, script editor, Television producer|
Wilfred Glyn Greatorex (27 May 1921 – 14 October 2002) was an English television and film writer, script editor and producer. He was creator of such series as Secret Army, 1990, Plane Makers and its sequel The Power Game, Hine, Brett, Man At The Top, Man From Haven and The Inheritors. He also wrote the screenplay for the 1969 film Battle of Britain. He was described by The Guardian newspaper as "one of the most prolific and assured of television script-writers and editors from the 1960s into the 1980s". Starting off as a journalist, he got his big break as a TV writer on Lew Grade's ATV service writing dramas about journalism, such as Deadline Midnight and Front Page Story. He wrote a number of books, including one about the Battle of Arnhem as ghostwriter for Major General Roy Urquhart.
As a TV script editor he also worked on series such as Danger Man and was also creator/producer of The Inheritors, Hine and The Power Game. Papers discovered at a Norfolk auction house in 2011 reveal that 'Hine' had a budget of £84,000, the equivalent of close to £1m some forty years later.
In 1977, he came up with the dystopian drama series 1990 for BBC2, starring Edward Woodward. Greatorex dubbed the series "Nineteen Eighty-Four plus six". Over its two series it portrayed "a Britain in which the rights of the individual had been replaced by the concept of the common good – or, as I put it more brutally, a consensus tyranny." The same year he also devised (with Gerard Glaister) the BBC1 wartime drama Secret Army. The show later inspired the sitcom parody 'Allo 'Allo!.
When talking about his writing style he said "I am opposed to soft-centred characters, which is why I don't create a lot of Robin Hoods. The world's full of hard cases, real villains. And they need to be confronted with other characters just as hard."
|Look at Life||
|The Plane Makers||
|The Power Game||
|Nobody Runs Forever||
|Man in a Suitcase||
|Battle of Britain||
|The Man from Haven||
|Oil Strike North||
- Greatorex, Wilfred; Fleming, William Ernest (1 January 1957). Diamond Fever, an account of the experiences of William E. Fleming as a diamond prospector in British Guiana. Cassell.
- Urquhart, Major-General Robert Elliott; Greatorex, Wilfred (May 1958). Arnhem. Cassell.
- Greatorex, Wilfred (16 October 1975). The Freelancers. Littlehampton Book Services. ISBN 978-0297770145.
- Greatorex, Wilfred (9 September 1976). Crossover. Littlehampton Book Services. ISBN 978-0297771616.
- Greatorex, Wilfred (February 1977). Three Potato Four. Putnam. ISBN 978-0698107649.
- Greatorex, Wilfred (1977). 1990: Book One. Sphere. ISBN 9780722140093. Based on the BBC television series.
- Greatorex, Wilfred (23 March 1978). 1990: Book Two. Sphere. ISBN 978-0722140017.
- Greatorex, Wilfred (1979). Quicksand. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. ISBN 978-0297774549.
- Greatorex, Wilfred (1 January 1982). Airline, Take Off. Futura Publications. ISBN 978-0708821411. Based on the Yorkshire Television series.
- Greatorex, Wilfred (25 February 1982). Airline, Ruskin's Berlin. Futura Publications. ISBN 978-0708821695.
- Greatorex, Wilfred (4 March 1986). The Button Zone. Signet. ISBN 978-0451141521.
- Greatorex, Wilfred (30 August 1990). Eminent Persons. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. ISBN 978-0297840343.
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- Vahimagi, Tise. "Greaterox, Wilfred (1922–2002)". Screenonline. Retrieved 2 March 2008.
- Purser, Phillip (17 October 2002). "Obituary: Wilfred Greaterox". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 March 2008.
- "1990 episode Guide". Action TV. Archived from the original on 9 May 2006. Retrieved 2 March 2008.
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