Nigel Kneale

TV Writer

1922 – 2006

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Who was Nigel Kneale?

Thomas Nigel Kneale was a British screenwriter, He wrote professionally for more than 50 years, was a winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, and was twice nominated for the British Film Award for Best Screenplay. In 2000, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association.

Predominantly a writer of thrillers that used science-fiction and horror elements, he was best known for the creation of the character Professor Bernard Quatermass. Quatermass was a heroic scientist who appeared in various television, film and radio productions written by Kneale for the BBC, Hammer Film Productions and Thames Television between 1953 and 1996. Kneale wrote original scripts and successfully adapted works by writers such as George Orwell, John Osborne, H. G. Wells and Susan Hill.

He was most active in television, joining BBC Television in 1951 ; his final script was transmitted on ITV in 1997. Kneale wrote well-received television dramas such as The Year of the Sex Olympics and The Stone Tape in addition to the Quatermass serials. He has been described as "one of the most influential writers of the 20th century," and as "having invented popular TV."

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Born
Apr 18, 1922
Barrow-in-Furness
Also known as
  • Thomas Nigel Kneale
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • Isle of Man
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Education
  • Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
  • St Ninian's High School, Douglas
Died
Oct 29, 2006
London

Submitted
on July 23, 2013