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Peter Graham Scott

Highest Rated: 100% Young and Innocent (1938)

Lowest Rated: 100% Young and Innocent (1938)

Birthday: Oct 27, 1923

Birthplace: Not Available

Long esteemed as one of the most gifted directors (and occasional producers) of British telefilms, Peter Graham Scott arrived in that venue via a somewhat circuitous route. Born in East Sheen, Surrey, England, Scott accepted his mother's prompting to pursue an acting career, actualized with a bit part in an Alfred Hitchcock film, Young and Innocent (1937). Scott then realized, mid-production (while quietly watching Hitchcock set up a key tracking shot), that he wanted to direct his own ideas and stories. A brief stint at the British Ministry of Information, followed by an abortive attempt to shoot a script by Dylan Thomas, a helming assignment on a documentary, and an editing gig on the Graham Greene picture Brighton Rock (1947) preceded Scott's decision to join the BBC as a producer-in-training. His foremost ability, however -- as he had initially sensed -- lay in directing actors, and he indeed made his most enduring impact in that capacity, with such critically acclaimed efforts as Escape Route (1952), Hideout (1956), One (1956), and the 1958 Women in Love (not to be confused with the 1969 Ken Russell picture or an adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's work). In time, Scott ventured into helming episodes of ongoing British television series, particularly the cult spy-themed programs The Prisoner and The Avengers. In the 1970s and '80s, Scott also gravitated more from direction to production; his credits during that period include Kidnapped (1979), Jamaica Inn (1983), The Canterville Ghost (1986), and Passion and Paradise (1989). His Kidnapped qualified as the first British series to make it to U.S. cable television. Scott's greatest accomplishment over the course of his career, however, arguably lay in launching the careers of such legends as Judi Dench, Oliver Reed, Sean Connery, Glenda Jackson, and Peter Sellers, whom he hired for small-screen productions when they were virtual unknowns. Scott spent the final years of his career at the HTV network in Great Britain. He died at age 83 on August 25, 2007, of unspecified causes.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet Father Came Too! Director 2013
No Score Yet Jenny's War Producer 1992
No Score Yet The Canterville Ghost Producer 1987
No Score Yet Jamaica Inn Producer 1983
No Score Yet The Curse of King Tut's Tomb Producer 1980
No Score Yet Subterfuge Director 1969
No Score Yet Bitter Harvest Director 1963
No Score Yet The Cracksman Director 1963
No Score Yet Captain Clegg (Night Creatures) Director 1962
No Score Yet The Headless Ghost Director 1959
No Score Yet I'll Get You Director 1953
No Score Yet C.E.M.A. Screenwriter 1942
100% Young and Innocent Actor 1938

TV

Credit
No Score Yet The Avengers (1961)
1969
Director 1966
1965
No Score Yet Danger Man
1968
Director
100% The Prisoner
1967-1968
Director

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