Peter Eckersley (TV producer)

Peter Eckersley (7 April 1936 – 27 August 1981)[1] was a British television producer. His television career began on Granada's Scene at 6.30 programme where he worked with his friend Michael Parkinson. He went on to become Head of Drama at Granada Television in the 1960s and '70s.

Peter Eckersley
Born(1936-04-07)7 April 1936
Leigh, Lancashire, England
Died27 August 1981(1981-08-27) (aged 45)
Manchester, England
Occupationtelevision producer
Years active1960–1981
Eileen Wilson
(m. 1958; div. 1971)

(m. 1971)

In the 1960s, he was also a writer and producer on Coronation Street. He wrote 62 episodes between April 1962 and November 1969.[2] There he met and married one of its stars, Anne Reid, who played Valerie Barlow.[3]

He also produced the sitcom Nearest and Dearest with Hylda Baker and Jimmy Jewel.[2]

During the late 1970s he spotted and developed a young comedian Victoria Wood, who went on to become one of the UK's most successful comedy stars. He produced the TV version of her play Talent and its sequel Nearly A Happy Ending as well as the play Happy Since I Met You (also by Wood). He also produced the pilot of Wood and Walters, but died before the series was made. Wood cited him as her biggest influence.[4]

He died aged 45 in 1981 after suffering from cancer.[5]

David Liddiment, ITV's former director of programmes said: "Peter Eckersley nurtured a new cadre of young northern writers who reflected the realities of post-war urban life for the first time....They were all to make television drama younger, sharper and closer to the experience of the mass audience."[6]


  1. ^ "Peter Eckersley". GENI. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Coronation Street writers". Retrieved 2008-01-03.
  3. ^ Curtis, Nick (14 November 2003). "Anne's Swinging Sixties". Evening Standard. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  4. ^ Brandwood, Neil (2002). Victoria Wood – The Biography (1st ed.). London: Boxtree. ISBN 1-85227-982-6.
  5. ^ Sturgis, Ingrid (15 September 2015). "Anne Reid: My father the war spy". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  6. ^ Liddiment, David (2005-10-22). "Why ITV matters". Archived from the original on 2007-10-20. Retrieved 2008-01-03.

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