Verity Lambert

TV Program Creator

1935 – 2007

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Who was Verity Lambert?

Verity Ann Lambert OBE was an English television and film producer. She was the founding producer of the science-fiction series Doctor Who, a programme which has become a part of British popular culture, and she had a long association with Thames Television. Her many credits include Adam Adamant Lives!, The Naked Civil Servant, Rock Follies, Minder, Widows, G.B.H., Jonathan Creek and Love Soup.

Lambert began working in television in the 1950s, and continued to work as a producer until the year she died. After leaving the BBC in 1969, she worked for other television companies, notably Thames Television and its Euston Films offshoot in the 1970s and 80s. She also worked in the film industry, for Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment, and from 1985 ran her own production company, Cinema Verity.

The British Film Institute's Screenonline website describes Lambert as "one of those producers who can often create a fascinating small screen universe from a slim script and half-a-dozen congenial players."

Women were rarely television producers in Britain at the beginning of Lambert's career. When she was appointed to Doctor Who in 1963 she was the youngest producer, and only female drama producer, working at the BBC. The website of the Museum of Broadcast Communications hails her as "not only one of Britain's leading businesswomen, but possibly the most powerful member of the nation's entertainment industry ... Lambert has served as a symbol of the advances won by women in the media". She died the day before the 44th anniversary of the first showing of Doctor Who.

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Born
Nov 27, 1935
Hampstead
Also known as
  • Verity Ann Lambert
  • Verity Lambert OBE
Spouses
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
Nationality
  • England
Profession
Education
  • University of Paris
  • Roedean School
Lived in
  • London
Died
Nov 22, 2007
London

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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