Michael Gill

George Michael Gill (10 December 1923 – 20 October 2005) was an English television producer and television director responsible for creating documentaries for the BBC.wikipedia
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George Michael Gill (10 December 1923 – 20 October 2005) was an English television producer and television director responsible for creating documentaries for the BBC.

Civilisation (TV series)

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He is chiefly remembered for Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark (1969) (director and co-producer) and Alistair Cooke's America (1973) (director and producer).
After initial mutual antipathy, Clark and his principal director, Michael Gill, established a congenial working relationship.

Yvonne Gilan

In 1951 he married, the actress Yvonne Gilan, best remembered for her portrayal of Mrs Peignoir in Fawlty Towers.
She was married to the television director Michael Gill, and was the mother of the late journalist, Adrian, known as A. A. Gill.

A. A. Gill

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The couple went on to have two sons, Adrian and Nicholas.
His father was television producer and director Michael Gill and his mother was actress Yvonne Gilan.

Kenneth Clark

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Although the idea for Civilisation and its presenter, Kenneth Clark, were given to Gill, 'America' and its presenter were entirely Gill's idea.
After initial mutual antipathy, Clark and his principal director, Michael Gill, established a congenial working relationship.

Television director

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George Michael Gill (10 December 1923 – 20 October 2005) was an English television producer and television director responsible for creating documentaries for the BBC.

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George Michael Gill (10 December 1923 – 20 October 2005) was an English television producer and television director responsible for creating documentaries for the BBC.

Hampshire

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Gill was born in Winchester, Hampshire but was brought up in Canterbury.

Canterbury

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Gill was born in Winchester, Hampshire but was brought up in Canterbury.

Tuberculosis

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He contracted tuberculosis as a child which disrupted his education severely including four years in a spinal chair.

Netherlands

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One of his most memorable debriefings was interrogating a German who had survived a 20000 ft fall over the Netherlands without his parachute opening.

University of Edinburgh

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After the war he studied philosophy and psychology at the University of Edinburgh.

Copy editing

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After a period as a sub-editor and arts reviewer on The Scotsman, he joined the BBC.

The Scotsman

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After a period as a sub-editor and arts reviewer on The Scotsman, he joined the BBC.

Alistair Cooke's America

He is chiefly remembered for Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark (1969) (director and co-producer) and Alistair Cooke's America (1973) (director and producer).

Fawlty Towers

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In 1951 he married, the actress Yvonne Gilan, best remembered for her portrayal of Mrs Peignoir in Fawlty Towers.

Alzheimer's disease

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He died in London from Alzheimer's disease.

Winchester

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Gill was born in Winchester, Hampshire but was brought up in Canterbury.

Authored documentary

The authored documentary form was invented by Michael Gill and Adrian Malone.

The Peaches

Directed by Michael Gill and written by Yvonne Gilan, his then wife, it stars Juliet Harmer as the Very Beautiful Girl, Tom Adams as The Boy Next Door, and is narrated by Peter Ustinov.

Juliet Harmer

Harmer featured in Michael Gill's short film, The Peaches (1963), a fantasy about a beautiful young woman's sensual passion for peaches written by Gill's wife, Yvonne Gilan, which was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 1964.