H.M.S. Eagle

A filmed documentary depicting the way of life on board an aircraft carrier. Produced by Richard de la Mare. Directed by Charlie Squires.

“The life on a modern aircraft carrier, in Rediffusion’s excellent documentary ‘Warship Eagle’ last night. seemed easy and attractive to my husband.” Nancy Banks-Smith, The Sun. July 14.

“…first-rate photography and a crisp commentary….” The Times. July 14.

“…topicality gave ‘Warship Eagle’ an extra edge.” Philip Purser, Sunday Telegraph. July 17.

On the flight deck of H.M.S. Eagle. The director, Charles Squires, was presented with a Golden Star Award for his work on this programme and a cheque for £1,000 [£19,000 in 2019, allowing for inflation] at the company’s annual general meeting.

The Informer

An eight-part dramatic action series dealing with a disbarred barrister’s activities as a police informer. With Ian Hendry, Heather Sears and Jean Marsh. Produced by Stella Richman.

“This new hero is sly–and slick… is likely to catch on.” Robert Ottaway, Daily Sketch. August 2.

“Ian Hendry, of course, is perfect in the role of a cool, shrewd, intelligent ex-Barrister.” Kenneth Eastaugh, Daily Mirror. August 2.

“Derivative escapist entertainment with a touch of style.” Maurice Wiggin, Sunday Times. August 7.

“…continues to prove itself one of the most viewable crime series at present available on television.” Derek Malcolm, The Guardian. August 18.

“…the best of its kind this year….” Robert Ottaway, Daily Sketch. August 30.

Top: Ian Hendry as Alex Lambert, the informer. With him in this scene from “It’s An Unfair World, Baxter” is Dorothy Frere. Ian Hendry was presented with a Golden Star Award as the best actor of the year and a cheque for £1,000 [£19,000] at the company’s annual general meeting.

Below: Heather Sears as Mrs. Alex Lambert and Jean Marsh as Sylvia in “The Informer”.

Seven Deadly Sins

A drama anthology series in which each play dealt with one specific sin. Authors included Paul Jones, Joe Orton, Frank Marcus and Leo Lehman. Leading players included Vivien Merchant, Nigel Stock, Alan Dobie, Anna Massey, Robin Bailey and Julia Foster. Produced by Peter Willes.

“…was a beguiling and well-carpentered piece.” Robert Ottaway, Daily Sketch. May 10.

“It was so well done….” Kenneth Eastaugh, Daily Mirror. May 10.

“…it looks as if Peter Willes, the producer, is on to a nice idea.” Philip Purser, Sunday Telegraph. May 15.

“TV’s newest lively look at up-and-coming drama.” Fred Cooke, Sunday Citizen. May 15.

Patrick Allen, Nigel Stock and Vivien Merchant in “My Friend Corby”. The script for this story was written by Paul Jones whose widow was presented with a Golden Star Award for the most outstanding writer of the year and a cheque for £1,000 [£19,000] at the company’s annual general meeting. (Mr. Jones died on October 30.)