Douglas Camfield’s television career spanned nearly twenty years, during which he directed some of television’s most popular and enduring drama programmes, his most notable being The Sweeney, Blake’s 7, The Nightmare Man, Shoestring and, of course, the immortal Doctor Who. He also worked on many other programmes, some of which topped the TV charts of their day and many other dramas long since lost and forgotten in the days when television was an ephemeral experience.
The man himself was just as interesting as any of his productions. Abandoning a career with the army, Douglas Camfield entered television hoping it would be the first step towards becoming a movie director. Without any theatre experience nor the benefit of a university education, he had to prove himself through hard work, dedication, not to mention a little luck from history.
Told with the help of his friends and family, colleagues and contemporaries, this revised edition of Directed by Douglas Camfield – featuring new information and interviews – traces the highs and lows of his career, explodes myths, and reveals how he overcame the many obstacles he faced in his life before his premature death in 1984.