Letter: Andrew Payne obituary


My pal and former colleague Andrew Payne was a grasp of writing for widespread tv, and beneficiant with each his time and his expertise.

As a younger TV producer, working Wall to Wall Tv, I pitched him an concept that I had had a couple of couple struggling to conceive. Andrew wrote a glowing three-part collection and collectively we took it to Michael Sporting on the BBC, who commissioned it there after which.

There was only one downside: although I had been making documentaries for practically 15 years, I had by no means made a drama and, frankly, it confirmed.

Regardless of. Andrew and our director, Edward Bennett, steered me via the method, educating me every part they already knew and guaranteeing that You, Me and It (1993) ended up a critically acclaimed collection, which paved the way in which for Wall to Wall to grow to be a grown-up drama producer, from which got here – amongst others – A Quite English Marriage with Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney, and the long-running BBC collection New Tips, that includes Alun Armstrong, James Bolam and, after all, Andrew’s outdated sparring associate from Minder, Dennis Waterman.


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