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Alan J. W. Bell (born 14 November 1937[1]) is a British television producer and director. He has produced and/or directed many BBC series since the early 1970s, most notably Last of the Summer Wine,[2] Ripping Yarns and the TV adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.[3] He was also assigned to re-edit and improve Ronnie Barker's short 1982 film, By the Sea. Other comedy shows include There's a Lot of it About, The Hello Goodbye Man, The Clairvoyant, Wyatt's Watchdogs, Dogfood Dan and the Carmarthen Cowboy and Split Ends.

Alan J. W. Bell
Alan J. W. Bell

(1937-11-14) 14 November 1937 (age 81)
Years active1973–2010
Notable work
Last of the Summer Wine
Ripping Yarns

He was born in Battersea, London.[4]


  1. ^ "Alan J.W. Bell".
  2. ^ "Summer Wine to continue, says BBC". BBC News. 18 December 2008. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Last of Summer Wine Happiest with the director's cut". Huddersfield Examiner. 24 October 2001. Archived from the original on 16 May 2008. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 10 January 2011.

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