Jeremy Summers (18 August 1931 – 14 December 2016) was a British television director and film director, best known for his directorship of ITC productions in the 1960s and 1970s, such as The Saint.

Jeremy Summers
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Summers in 2007
Born18 August 1931 (1931-08-18)
St Albans, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Died14 December 2016(2016-12-14) (aged 85)
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
OccupationFilm director, television director

BackgroundEdit

Born in St Albans in 1931, Summers was born into a family of theatrical tradition and his father Walter Summers (1896-1973) was a film director and screenwriter.

He directed nearly 50 different TV programmes between 1960 and 1999, including The Saint and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased).

CareerEdit

In his early career, Summers worked as a runner and then later assistant director on films such as 'Moby Dick' (with Gregory Peck) and 'The Dam Busters'.

Summers began directing in 1960 with a film Depth Charge, the screenplay of which he also wrote, but he immediately turned his attention to television and directed episodes of Desert Hi-Jack, Interpol Calling and four episodes of International Detective between 1960 and 1961.

A sequence of feature films followed, the Tony Hancock feature film vehicle The Punch and Judy Man, Crooks in Cloisters (1964) with Barbara Windsor, Dateline Diamonds (1965) starring William Lucas and Kenneth Cope[1] as well as the Gerry and the Pacemakers feature film Ferry Cross the Mersey (1965). Meanwhile, he continued in television with Man of the World and, in 1965, episodes of Court Martial, Gideon's Way and the film San Ferry Ann.

In 1966, Summers directed episodes of Danger Man; he also directed some 12 episodes of The Saint from 1964 to 1966. Episodes of The Saint that Summers filmed include "The Lawless Lady", "The Death Penalty" and "The Unkind Philanthropist" (1964), "The Abducters" (1965) and "The Man Who Liked Lions" (1966).

This was followed in 1967 by The Baron and several foreign films of that year The Vengeance of Fu Manchu, Five Golden Dragons and The House of 1,000 Dolls for Harry Alan Towers. He also directed an episode of Man in a Suitcase in 1968.

In 1969, still under contract with ITC, Summers directed a number of episodes of the popular series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), working with actors Mike Pratt, Kenneth Cope and Annette Andre.

In the 1970s, Summers directed two episodes of UFO and several of The Protectors, both being Gerry Anderson series. Other directing credits include 'Danger UXB', 'Jason King', 'Boy Dominic', and 'The Return of the Saint' (this version with Ian Ogilvy cast as Simon Templar). He also directed films for the Children's Film Foundation, including 'Sammy's Super T-shirt'.

During the 1980s he directed multiple episodes of a variety of BBC and independent television dramas, including 'Tenko', 'Howard's Way', 'Strangers and Brothers' (featuring Anthony Hopkins), 'Shoestring' (with Trevor Eve), 'The Chinese Detective', 'Big Deal', 'All Creatures Great and Small', 'Hannay' (with Robert Powell appearing as the eponymous Richard Hannay),

In the 1990s he directed many episodes of the television soap operas Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Brookside (including the film spin offs 'The Lost Weekend', 'Friday the 13th' and 'Double Take!') before his retirement in 2001. While on Brookside, he also directed the Liverpool FC feature 'The Last night of the Kop' commemorating the final time the famous stand was used before Anfield became an all seater stadium.

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