The couple were married on 25 October 1930. Peter Eckersley was born on April 7, 1936 in Leigh, Lancashire, England. Previously a journalist for The Guardian, he also appeared on-screen in Granada programmes Scene and What The Papers Say and went on to be a producer on shows like Nearest and Dearest (featuring Madge Hindle), and Jack Rosenthal's Another Sunday and sweet F.A..  He was turned down for war work. He died on August 27, 1981 in Manchester, Lancashire. He also produced the pilot of Wood and Walters, but died before the series was made. Links between the UK and US had been pioneered by Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company. , After Eckersley met Sir Oswald Mosley he became involved in his New Party, chairing its London Central Committee. He died of cancer leaving two sons, Mark from his marriage to Anne and David from his first marriage. , During the late 1970s he spotted and developed a young comedian Victoria Wood, who went on to become one of the UK's most successful comedy stars. Father of son, Mark Eckersley, born in 1971. In 1923 Major-General Sir Frederick Sykes headed a committee to review this arrangement, which concluded that the GPO should stop licensing the British Broadcasting Company. In 1929 Eckersley began an affair with Dorothy "Dolly" Clark, estranged wife of the BBC programme planner and conductor Edward Clark, and then divorced his own wife. He was stationed mainly in Egypt and at Salonika. Meanwhile, Peter Eckersley had sought other ways to bring the signals of the IBC stations into the living rooms of Britain. He died on August 27, 1981 in Manchester, Lancashire. He died of cancer.  They appear to have separated between then and the start of World War II. His television career began on Granada's Scene at 6.30 programme where he worked with his friend Michael Parkinson. From November 1939 the transmitter he had arranged to put in place at Osterloog was used for William Joyce's broadcasts to Britain and Europe. Save to Suggest Edits. He was born on 6 January 1892 in Puebla, Mexico. Peter Eckersley (born 1935, died 26th August 1981) wrote 62 episodes of Coronation Street, as well three episodes of the spin-off Turn out the Lights (two of them co-written with Kenneth Cope) and was also producer of the programme from Episode 530 (10th January 1966) to Episode 581 (6th July 1966). British producer. By 1920 Eckersley had become an announcer, broadcaster (he recited poetry and sang songs) and engineer of 2MT, the first licensed radio station in Britain, located in Writtle, near Chelmsford, Essex, England, where Guglielmo Marconi had built his wireless telegraphy factories. Occupation: , Dolly was pro-Nazi in her politics, an admirer of Adolf Hitler, a friend of William Joyce and Unity Mitford and a member of Arnold Leese's Imperial Fascist League. , He also produced the sitcom Nearest and Dearest with Hylda Baker and Jimmy Jewel. But he and Dolly reunited and he resigned in April 1929. He went on to become Head of Drama at Granada Television in the 1960s and '70s. , The Eckersleys took holidays in Germany a number of times and attended the Nuremberg rallies of 1937 and 1938. ", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Peter_Eckersley_(TV_producer)&oldid=948581243, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 1 April 2020, at 20:52. Dolly had separated from Edward Clark in 1925 and arranged for Eckersley to visit Germany on BBC business with Dolly to accompany him. Eckersley has been described as "at best a foolish Fascist fellow traveller and at worst a traitor". His television career began on Granada's Scene at 6.30 programme where he worked with his friend Michael Parkinson. In 1922 the General Post Office agreed to license one commercial monopoly, to be known as the British Broadcasting Company, which would derive some income from a broadcast receiver licence and the rest from the manufacture and sale of receiving sets. He was a producer and writer, known for Hard Times (1977), Wood and Walters (1981) and Coronation Street (1960). In the 1960s, he was also a writer and producer on Coronation Street. Under the terms of the exclusive licence, the company could not sell air time. In 1927 the British Crown granted a charter to a non-commercial British Broadcasting Corporation and the GPO licensed this. His father, Alfred (d. 1895 of yellow fever), was a railway engineer then in charge of building the Grand Mexican Railway.  Dorothy and James were tried in 1945 for providing support to the enemy: she was sent to prison for a year and James was bound over for two years. Peter Eckersley (7 April 1936 – 27 August 1981) was a British television producer. Community content is available under. Captain Leonard Plugge, who became a Member of Parliament, also set about building his own International Broadcasting Company by leasing transmitters in France and other countries to beam commercial radio into Britain. Captain Peter Pendleton Eckersley (6 January 1892 – 18 March 1963) was a pioneer of British broadcasting, the first Chief Engineer of the British Broadcasting Company Limited from 1922 to 1927 and Chief Engineer of the British Broadcasting Corporation until 1929. He worked extensively with Victoria Wood early in her career and is cited as a major influence by actress Julie Walters.  In the 1911 census, he is recorded as a resident of the Bedales School-Co-Educational Proprietary Boarding School, Petersfield, Hampshire. He was the first Chief Engineer of the British Broadcasting Company Limited from 1922 to 1927 and then Chief Engineer of the British Broadcasting Corporation. , Top-level conferences were held and even the Archbishop of Canterbury was consulted but Eckersley was not sacked immediately as he undertook to end the affair with Dolly Clark and return to his wife. The IBC stations were eventually silenced when Adolf Hitler's troops captured the transmitters. Manchester Municipal College of Technology, "The BBC: there to inform, educate, provoke and enrage? Some sources incorrectly give his middle name as Prothero. In 1919 this was transferred to a new GE subsidiary, the Radio Corporation of America. She told Kirsty Young that her husband, Peter Eckersley, had been "the cleverest man and the funniest man in the world". Memorial; Photos ; Flowers ; British producer. John Reith was appointed to take control of the Crown corporation. He produced the TV version of her play Talent and its sequel Nearly A Happy Ending as well as the play Happy Since I Met You (also by Wood). She died in 1971.. Peter Eckersley was born on April 7, 1936 in Leigh, Lancashire, England.  There he met and married one of its stars, Anne Reid, who played Valerie Barlow. *Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, Fandom will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. For a time Eckersley was engaged in working to build a broadcasting station based in continental Europe which could be received in the United Kingdom. He was married to Anne Reid and Eileen Wilson. Reith, a deeply religious man, forced him out of his job. Peter Eckersley died, aged 71, on 18 March 1963 at the West London Hospital in Hammersmith. , He Joined Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Co as the Head of the Experimental Section, Aircraft Department where he designed the Croydon Airport ground station transmitter..  Dolly joined Mosley's British Union of Fascists, outdoing Mosley in her enthusiasm for Nazism, and also the National Socialist League founded by William Joyce after he was expelled by Mosley for being too anti-semitic.. , He died aged 45 in 1981 after suffering from cancer. He went on to become Head of Drama at Granada Television in the 1960s and '70s.  Although they made no secret of their liaison, his wife Stella was unaware of it until Reith's wife Muriel broke the news to her.
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