Barry Letts - Who And Me

Writer, actor and director Barry Letts, who died last October, was a television pioneer, working for over 50 years in the medium.

As an actor, Barry appeared in early TV productions of The Avengers, The Moonstone, and Scott of the Antarctic, and his directorial work included episodes of the long-running police drama Z-Cars.

But it was his work as a producer on Doctor Who, from 1969 to 1974, for which Barry was probably best known.

His first involvement with the show was as director for The Enemy of the World, with Patrick Troughton playing both the Doctor and Salamander the dictator.

Barry's debut as producer on Doctor Who happened at a time of great popularity for the series; it was about to be broadcast in colour for the first time, and Jon Pertwee was the flamboyant Doctor in Barry's first actual production.

It was Pertwee's second programme as the Time Lord, and the show was Doctor Who and the Silurians.

Appropriately titled Who and Me, the book of Barry's memoirs was published the month after he died.

However, BBC Audiobooks had commissioned Barry to abridge and read the first volume of his memoirs for audio release in 2008.

As a tribute to Barry, we are fortunate to be able to bring you this fascinating and well-delivered reading, in seven thirty minute episodes, beginning this Sunday 28th March.

He recounts how he began his career as a struggling actor, moving on to become a successful and respected director and producer, and reveals in candid detail what it was like to work with various personalities during his 5-year tenure of the much-loved show.

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Writer, actor and director Barry Letts, who died last October, was a television pioneer, working for over 50 years in the medium.

As an actor, Barry appeared in early TV productions of The Avengers, The Moonstone, and Scott of the Antarctic, and his directorial work included episodes of the long-running police drama Z-Cars.

But it was his work as a producer on Doctor Who, from 1969 to 1974, for which Barry was probably best known.

His first involvement with the show was as director for The Enemy of the World, with Patrick Troughton playing both the Doctor and Salamander the dictator.

Barry's debut as producer on Doctor Who happened at a time of great popularity for the series; it was about to be broadcast in colour for the first time, and Jon Pertwee was the flamboyant Doctor in Barry's first actual production.

It was Pertwee's second programme as the Time Lord, and the show was Doctor Who and the Silurians.

Appropriately titled Who and Me, the book of Barry's memoirs was published the month after he died.

However, BBC Audiobooks had commissioned Barry to abridge and read the first volume of his memoirs for audio release in 2008.

As a tribute to Barry, we are fortunate to be able to bring you this fascinating and well-delivered reading, in seven thirty minute episodes, beginning this Sunday 28th March.

He recounts how he began his career as a struggling actor, moving on to become a successful and respected director and producer, and reveals in candid detail what it was like to work with various personalities during his 5-year tenure of the much-loved show.Barry Letts recounts his early career through to his working life with Jon Pertwee.

Doctor Who's TV producer from 1969-74, Barry Letts recounts his early career through to his working life with Jon Pertwee.

Barry Letts recounts his early career through to his working life with Jon Pertwee.

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The producer graduates from actor to TV director, and finds a new path to enlightenment.

The Doctor Who producer reveals how he graduated from actor to TV director, and found a new path to enlightenment.

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Doctor Who producer recalls the show's regeneration from Patrick Troughton to Jon Pertwee.

The Doctor Who producer recalls the show's regeneration from Patrick Troughton to Jon Pertwee, and from black and white to colour.

Doctor Who's producer recalls the regeneration from Patrick Troughton to Jon Pertwee.

Doctor Who's producer recalls the show's regeneration from Patrick Troughton to Jon Pertwee and from black and white to colour.

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The Doctor Who producer reflects on major changes in the TV filming process.

The Doctor Who producer reflects on major changes in the TV filming process, and nurturing a formidable new writing team.

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The birth of the Time Lord's nemesis and the attributes of his female companions.

The Doctor Who producer recalls the birth of the Time Lord's nemesis and the attributes of a time traveller's female companion.

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The producer recalls the threat to his autonomy via increasing attention from above.

The Doctor Who producer recalls the 'Terror of the Autons' - and a threat to his autonomy via increasing attention from above.

The producer recalls the threat to his autonomy from increasing attention from above.

The Doctor Who producer recalls the 'Terror of the Autons' - and a threat to his autonomy from increasing attention from above.

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Secretly writing for Doctor Who and tinkering with the famous theme tune.

The Doctor Who TV producer concludes his memoirs, secretly writing for the series and tinkering with the famous theme tune.