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Roy Battersby (born 20 April 1936)[citation needed] is a British television director, noted for his work in drama productions such as Between The Lines, Inspector Morse, Cracker and A Touch of Frost.[1] Early in his career he made documentary features for the BBC programmes Tomorrow's World and Towards Tomorrow. In 2005, his film Red Mercury was shown at the Montreal World Film Festival.[2]

Roy Battersby
Born (1936-04-20) 20 April 1936 (age 83)
London, England
OccupationTelevision director
Spouse(s)
Judy Loe (m. 1997)
Children5

He is married to actress Judy Loe and is the stepfather of actress Kate Beckinsale.[3] Battersby was a Trotskyist for some years,[4] becoming a full-time organiser for the now defunct Workers Revolutionary Party.[5] The association had ended by 1981,[6] but the connection led to his being blacklisted by the BBC.[7]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Episodes Comments
1969 ITV Saturday Night Theatre Machine TV play written by Hugh Charteris
1970 The Body Documentary narrated by Vanessa Redgrave and Frank Finlay
1970 ITV Saturday Night Theatre Roll on Four O'Clock TV play written by Colin Welland
1972 Home and Away
1972 Play For Today Better Than The Movies TV play written by John Elliot and starring Bryan Marshall
1973 Play For Today The Operation TV play written by Roger Smith
1974 Play For Today Leeds United TV play written by Colin Welland and starring Elizabeth Spriggs
1975 Centre Play Post Mortem
1975-76 Couples 9 episodes
1977 The Palestinian
1981 A Change In Time
1983 No Excuses
1983 The Home Front At The Grammar
1983 The Home Front Low Key Lady on High Speed Train
1983 The Home Front The Poodle Strikes Back
1983 The Home Front Walk in My Shoes
1984 Winter Flight
1986 King of the Ghetto 4 episodes
1986 Unnatural Causes Evensong
1986 Screenplay The Act
1990 Eurocops Pushed Crime drama by Billy Hamon starring John Benfield as Jackson
1990 Eurocops Firing the Bullets Crime drama by Billy Hamon starring John Benfield as Jackson
1990 The Play on One Yellowbacks
1991 The Play on One Escape From Kampala
1991 Inspector Morse Fat Chance Crime drama starring John Thaw, Kevin Whately, Maurice Denham and Zoë Wanamaker.
1992 Between The Lines Lies and Damned Lies Crime drama starring Neil Pearson
1992 Between The Lines A Watch & Chain of Course Crime drama starring Neil Pearson
1993 Between The Lines Some Must Watch Crime drama starring Neil Pearson
1993 Between The Lines Manoeuvre 11 Crime drama starring Neil Pearson
1994 A Touch of Frost Widows and Orphans Crime drama starring David Jason
1994 Between The Lines The End User: Part 1 Crime drama starring Neil Pearson
1994 Between The Lines The End User: Part 2 Crime drama starring Neil Pearson
1995 Cracker Brotherly Love Part 1 Crime drama starring Robbie Coltrane and Geraldine Somerville
1995 Cracker Brotherly Love Part 2 Crime drama starring Robbie Coltrane and Geraldine Somerville
1995 Cracker Brotherly Love Part 3 Crime drama starring Robbie Coltrane and Geraldine Somerville
1995 A Touch of Frost Quarry Crime drama starring David Jason
1997 The Moth
1998 Space Island One A Child Is Born
1999 Doomwatch: Winter Angel
2000 In Defence 2 episodes
2004 A Touch of Frost Dancing in the Dark Crime drama starring David Jason
2005 Red Mercury
2006 A Touch of Frost Endangered Species Crime drama starring David Jason

AwardsEdit

Year Result Award Comments
1996 Won BAFTA Alan Clarke award[8]
2006 Nominated Montréal World Film Festival Grand Prix des Amériques for Red Mercury (2005)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Roy Battersby". Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Festival nod for Muslim bomb film". BBC Online. 12 August 2005. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Literature Study Guides - By Popularity - eNotes.com". Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  4. ^ Sanjiv Bhattacharya "Kate Beckinsale", GQ Magazine, February 2006, as reproduced on Bhattacharya's website.
  5. ^ Stephen Lacey Tony Garnett, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007, p.76
  6. ^ Roy Battersby Obituary: Nicholas Palmer, The Independent,
  7. ^ Mark Hollingsworth and Richard Norton-Taylor Blacklist: The Inside Story of Political Vetting, London: Hogarth Press, p.116-17 (Chapter 5 "MI5 and the BBC: Stamping the ‘Christmas Tree’ Files")
  8. ^ "BAFTA Awards (1996)". Retrieved 8 July 2016.

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