VERITY LAMBERT O.B.E (1935 - 2007)

A few words, really, to mark the passing of one of British television's foremost producers, Verity Lambert. It is especially poignant that her death, at the age of 71, was announced on 23rd November 2007, the 44th anniversary of transmission of the first episode of 'Doctor Who'.

Not only did Verity produce the series back in the mists of time in 1963 but she was instrumental in getting it to the screen despite the trials of being the youngest and only woman in a production role in television and having to defend her decisions to sceptical drama and childrens departments at the BBC. The fact that the show survives to this day is testament to her belief in the programme and it will remain her lasting legacy.

But let's not forget her other contributions to the television landscape. She developed and produced such seminal programmes as Adam Adamant Lives, Budgie, The Naked Civil Servant, Rock Follies, Quatermass, Rumpole of the Bailey, Edward and Mrs Simpson, Reilly: Ace of Spies, Minder, GBH and Jonathan Creek. Many of her productions were showered with awards, particularly The Naked Civil Servant and Edward And Mrs Simpson. She ran her own production company, Cinema Verity, producing feature films, dramas and sit-coms until her untimely death.

She was a television legend - one of the few left - and she will be missed. God bless, Verity.

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