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Marks, Louis Biography




biography of Marks, Louis

Louis Frank Marks
23 March 1928, London, England, UK
17 September 2010, Israel
The son of a London jeweller, Louis Marks took the unusual step of moving from the world of academia, as head of history at a boarding school, to writing and producing for television. A serious scholar with a PhD in history from Balliol College, Oxford, author of magazine articles and founder/editor of the journal Books and Bookmen, Marks entered television in 1959 by contributing four scripts to _"The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1955)_ (qv). This led to more steady work as writer for ITC's _"The Four Just Men" (1959)_ (qv) and as script editor of Associated-Rediffusion's crime series _"No Hiding Place" (1959)_ (qv). He joined the BBC in the same capacity in 1970, eventually rising to becoming a producer of high-quality, critically-acclaimed single dramas and miniseries, specialising in the classics (including, _Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe (1985) (TV)_ (qv), _"Middlemarch" (1994)_ (qv), _"Daniel Deronda" (2002)_ (qv) and a series of staged plays, _"Theatre Night" (1985)_ (qv)). Marks also tackled supernatural themes, beginning with the ghost story _The Stone Tape (1972) (TV)_ (qv) and including (as scriptwriter) several key chapters of _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv), notably "Day of the Daleks" (which introduced the simian Ogrons), "Planet of Evil" and "The Mask of Mandragora" (an assignment for which he was eminently qualified, having worked in Florence to research the history of Renaissance Italy). Marks left the BBC in 2002 to operate a B & B with his wife, who predeceased him in 2006.
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-   Is an expert on the Italian Renaissance, which is why he was asked to write the serial "The Masque of Mandragora" for _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv).

-   Attended Oxford University.

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Written

  1. Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe (1985) (TV)
  2. "Doctor Who" (1963) {The Masque of Mandragora: Part Four (#14.4)} (by) <1,1,1>
  3. "Doctor Who" (1963) {The Masque of Mandragora: Part One (#14.1)} (by) <1,1,1>
  4. "Doctor Who" (1963) {The Masque of Mandragora: Part Three (#14.3)} (by) <1,1,1>
  5. "Doctor Who" (1963) {The Masque of Mandragora: Part Two (#14.2)} (by) <1,1,1>
  6. "Doctor Who" (1963) {Planet of Evil: Part Four (#13.8)} (by) <1,1,1>
  7. "Doctor Who" (1963) {Planet of Evil: Part One (#13.5)} (by) <1,1,1>
  8. "Doctor Who" (1963) {Planet of Evil: Part Three (#13.7)} (by) <1,1,1>
  9. "Doctor Who" (1963) {Planet of Evil: Part Two (#13.6)} (by) <1,1,1>
  10. "Bedtime Stories" (1974)
  11. "Doctor Who" (1963) {Day of the Daleks: Episode Three (#9.3)} (by) <1,1,1>
  12. "Doctor Who" (1963) {Day of the Daleks: Episode Two (#9.2)} (by) <1,1,1>
  13. "Doomwatch" (1970) {Cause of Death (#3.10)} (writer)
  14. "No Exit" (1972) {Queen's Messenger (#1.5)} (writer)
  15. "Doctor Who" (1963) {Day of the Daleks: Episode Four (#9.4)} (by) <1,1,1>
  16. "Doctor Who" (1963) {Day of the Daleks: Episode One (#9.1)} (by) <1,1,1>
  17. "Doomwatch" (1970) {The Human Time Bomb (#2.10)} (writer)
  18. "Doomwatch" (1970) {The Islanders (#2.3)} (writer)
  19. "The Mind of Mr. J.G. Reeder" (1969) {The Fatal Engagement (#2.6)} (script)
  20. "Special Branch" (1969) {Reported Missing (#2.12)} (writer)
  21. "The Main Chance" (1969) {The Piper Calls the Tune (#2.8)} (writer)
  22. "The Main Chance" (1969) {The Walls of Jericho (#2.5)} (writer)
  23. "Market in Honey Lane" (1967) {The Matchmakers (#2.6)} (creator)
  24. "Market in Honey Lane" (1967) {The Matchmakers (#2.6)} (writer)
  25. "Market in Honey Lane" (1967) (creator)
  26. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {A Hero of Our Times (#9.11)} (writer)
  27. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {The Fit-Up (#8.13)} (writer)
  28. "Doctor Who" (1963) {Planet of Giants (#2.1)} (written by) <1,1,1>
  29. "It's Dark Outside" (1964) {A Case for Indentification (#1.7)} (writer)
  30. "Love Story" (1963) {An Apple for the Teacher (#2.24)} (writer)
  31. "Danger Man" (1964) {The Professionals (#1.2)} (written by) <1,2,1>
  32. "Doctor Who" (1963) {Crisis (#2.3)} (written by) <1,1,1>
  33. "Doctor Who" (1963) {Dangerous Journey (#2.2)} (written by) <1,1,1>
  34. "Tempo" (1961) {Carols Mean Christmas} (writer)
  35. "Ghost Squad" (1961) {Hot Money (#2.22)} (writer)
  36. "Ghost Squad" (1961) {Mr. Five Percent (#2.15)} (writer)
  37. The Man Who Finally Died (1963) (screenplay)
  38. "Deadline Midnight" (1960) {Bid for Glory (#2.7)} (writer)
  39. "Deadline Midnight" (1960) {Doggo (#2.9)} (writer)
  40. "Deadline Midnight" (1960) {Libel Story (#3.13)} (writer)
  41. "Skyport" (1959) {(#1.36)} (writer)
  42. "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1955) {Bride for an Outlaw (#4.24)} (screenplay)
  43. "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1955) {Double Trouble (#4.25)} (screenplay)
  44. "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1955) {The Parting Guest (#4.17)} (writer)
  45. "The Four Just Men" (1959) {Crack-Up (#1.22)} (teleplay)
  46. "The Four Just Men" (1959) {Marie (#1.16)} (writer)
  47. "The Four Just Men" (1959) {Riot (#1.33)} (story)
  48. "The Four Just Men" (1959) {The Heritage (#1.34)} (writer)
  49. "The Four Just Men" (1959) {The Man with the Golden Touch (#1.15)} (writer)
  50. "The Four Just Men" (1959) {The Miracle of St. Phillipe (#1.23)} (teleplay)
  51. "The Four Just Men" (1959) {The Princess (#1.25)} (writer)
  52. "Skyport" (1959) {(#1.18)} (writer)
  53. "Skyport" (1959) {(#1.25)} (writer)
  54. "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1955) {Marian's Prize (#3.38)} (screenplay)

Movies Produced

  1. "Daniel Deronda" (2002) {(#1.4)} (producer)
  2. "Plotlands" (1997) (producer)
  3. Loving (1995) (TV) (producer)
  4. "Middlemarch" (1994) (producer)
  5. The Trial (1993) (producer)
  6. "Screen Two" (1985) {Memento Mori (#8.14)} (producer)
  7. "Screen One" (1985) {Sweet Nothing (#2.4)} (producer)
  8. "Screen Two" (1985) {Circles of Deceit (#6.9)} (producer)
  9. "Theatre Night" (1985) {Iphigenia at Aulis (#5.5)} (producer)
  10. Little Sweetheart (1989) (producer)
  11. Precious Bane (1989) (TV) (producer)
  12. "Screen Two" (1985) {Quartermaine's Terms (#3.12)} (producer)
  13. "Theatre Night" (1985) {Ghosts (#2.5)} (producer)
  14. "Screen Two" (1985) {Northanger Abbey (#3.7)} (producer)
  15. The Day After the Fair (1986) (TV) (producer)
  16. "The Theban Plays by Sophocles" (1986) {Antigone} (producer)
  17. Thunder Rock (1985) (TV) (producer)
  18. Time and the Conways (1985) (TV) (producer)
  19. "Summer Season" (1985) {One for the Road (#1.14)} (producer)
  20. A Month in the Country (1985) (TV) (producer)
  21. Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe (1985) (TV) (producer)
  22. "Theatre Night" (1985) {Lady Windermere's Fan (#1.1)} (producer)
  23. "Theatre Night" (1985) {The Father (#1.2)} (producer)
  24. "Theatre Night" (1985) {Trelawny of the Wells (#1.5)} (producer)
  25. The Testament of John (1984) (TV) (producer)
  26. "The Theban Plays by Sophocles" (1986) {Oedipus at Colonus} (producer)
  27. "The Theban Plays by Sophocles" (1986) {Oedipus the King} (producer)
  28. "Play for Today" (1970) {The Falklands Factor (#13.16)} (producer)
  29. "BBC Play of the Month" (1965) {Infidelities (#16.3)} (producer)
  30. "BBC Play of the Month" (1965) {The Gay Lord Quex (#16.2)} (producer)
  31. The Captain's Doll (1983) (TV) (producer)
  32. "Play for Today" (1970) {Home Sweet Home (#12.19)} (producer)
  33. "BBC Play of the Month" (1965) {I Have Been Here Before (#15.1)} (producer)
  34. "BBC Play of the Month" (1965) {Little Eyolf (#15.3)} (producer)
  35. "BBC Play of the Month" (1965) {The Critic (#15.4)} (producer)
  36. "BBC Play of the Month" (1965) {The White Guard (#15.5)} (producer)
  37. Baal (1982) (TV) (producer)
  38. La ronde (1982) (TV) (producer)
  39. "Play for Today" (1970) {Bavarian Night (#11.23)} (producer)
  40. The Man of Destiny (1981) (TV) (producer)
  41. "Play for Today" (1970) {Dear Brutus (#11.14)} (producer)
  42. "BBC2 Playhouse" (1974) {Unity (#7.18)} (producer)
  43. The Dybbuk (1980) (TV) (producer)
  44. The Ghost Sonata (1980) (TV) (producer)
  45. "BBC2 Playhouse" (1974) {Grown-Ups (#7.5)} (producer)
  46. The Crucible (1980) (TV) (producer)
  47. "BBC Play of the Month" (1965) {Design for Living (#14.6)} (producer)
  48. "BBC Play of the Month" (1965) {Hello and Goodbye (#14.4)} (producer)
  49. "The Lost Boys" (1978) {An Awfully Big Adventure (#1.3)} (producer)
  50. "BBC2 Play of the Week" (1977) {Fearless Frank (#2.3)} (producer)
  51. "The Lost Boys" (1978) {Dark and Sinister Man (#1.2)} (producer)
  52. "The Lost Boys" (1978) {We Set Out to Be Wrecked (#1.1)} (producer)
  53. Eleanor Marx: Eleanor (1977) (TV) (producer)
  54. "Centre Play" (1973) {Rehearsal (#6.10)} (producer)
  55. "Centre Play" (1973) {In the Labyrinth (#3.9)} (producer)
  56. "Centre Play" (1973) {Mirror, Mirror (#3.5)} (producer)
  57. "Centre Play" (1973) {William Wilson (#6.1)} (producer)
  58. "Centre Play" (1973) {Snooker (#2.3)} (producer)
  59. "Centre Play" (1973) {The Imp of the Perverse (#3.3)} (producer)
  60. "Centre Play" (1973) {The Water Baby (#2.17)} (producer)

Misc

  1. "Premiere" (1977) {A Little Outing (#1.5)} (script editor)
  2. "BBC2 Playhouse" (1974) {An Accident of Class and Sex (#3.2)} (script editor)
  3. "BBC2 Playhouse" (1974) {Play Things (#3.8)} (script editor)
  4. "BBC2 Playhouse" (1974) {The Button Man (#3.4)} (script editor)
  5. "Brensham People" (1976) {(#1.2)} (script editor)
  6. "Brensham People" (1976) {Going, Going, Gone (#1.1)} (script editor)
  7. "Brensham People" (1976) {William Hart, Wainwright (#1.3)} (script editor)
  8. "Orde Wingate" (1976) {If I Forget Thee O Jerusalem (#1.1)} (script editor)
  9. "Orde Wingate" (1976) {Turn You to the Strong Hold (#1.3)} (script editor)
  10. "Orde Wingate" (1976) {For the Sword of the Lord and of Gideon (#1.2)} (script editor)
  11. "Play for Today" (1970) {Sunset Across the Bay (#5.12)} (script editor)
  12. "Bedtime Stories" (1974) {Jack and the Beanstalk (#1.4)} (script editor)
  13. "Sporting Scenes" (1973) {The Needle Match (#1.3)} (script editor)
  14. "Sporting Scenes" (1973) {Up and Under (#1.5)} (script editor)
  15. "Sporting Scenes" (1973) {When the Boys Come Out to Play (#1.4)} (script editor)
  16. "Sporting Scenes" (1973) {England, Their England (#1.1)} (script editor)
  17. "No Exit" (1972) {Good at Games (#1.2)} (story editor)
  18. "No Exit" (1972) {Last Land (#1.4)} (story editor)
  19. "No Exit" (1972) {Man in the House (#1.6)} (story editor)
  20. "No Exit" (1972) {Queen's Messenger (#1.5)} (story editor)
  21. The Stone Tape (1972) (TV) (script editor)
  22. "Dead of Night" (1972) {The Exorcism (#1.1)} (script editor)
  23. "No Exit" (1972) {A Chain of Villas (#1.1)} (story editor)
  24. "No Exit" (1972) {A Man's Fair Share of Days (#1.3)} (story editor)
  25. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {Sing Me the Old Song (#8.10)} (script editor)
  26. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {A Bottle Full of Sixpences (#9.1)} (script editor)
  27. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {A Dead Cert (#8.12)} (script editor)
  28. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {A Hero of Our Times (#9.11)} (script editor)
  29. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {The Fit-Up (#8.13)} (script editor)
  30. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {Ask Me If I Killed Her (#9.2)} (script editor)
  31. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {The Killing (#9.9)} (script editor)
  32. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {Charlie Come Lately (#9.5)} (script editor)
  33. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {Golden Boy (#9.10)} (script editor)
  34. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {It Isn't Just the Money... (#9.6)} (script editor)
  35. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {Leo Did the Picking and It All Went Bad (#9.12)} (script editor)
  36. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {The Lifer (#8.11)} (script editor)
  37. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {The Night Walker (#9.7)} (script editor)
  38. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {The Old Pals Act (#9.3)} (script editor)
  39. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {The Smoker (#9.8)} (script editor)
  40. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {You Don't Think Twice (#9.13)} (script editor)
  41. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {You Never Can Tell Till You Try (#9.4)} (script editor)
  42. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {Pom-Pom (#7.4)} (script editor)
  43. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {Rat in a Trap (#7.19)} (script editor)
  44. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {Run, Johnny, Run (#8.7)} (script editor)
  45. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {Smokey (#7.14)} (script editor)
  46. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {A Cry for Help (#7.21)} (script editor)
  47. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {The Best Years of Your Life (#7.16)} (script editor)
  48. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {The Bread Bag (#7.10)} (script editor)
  49. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {A Menace to the Public (#7.3)} (script editor)
  50. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {The Grass (#7.9)} (script editor)
  51. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {A Moment of Freedom (#8.5)} (script editor)
  52. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {The Hunted and the Hunters (#7.25)} (script editor)
  53. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {A Place in the Sun (#7.15)} (script editor)
  54. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {The Jelly Boy (#8.1)} (script editor)
  55. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {Bear with a Sore Head (#7.5)} (script editor)
  56. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {The Lady on the Train (#7.26)} (script editor)
  57. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {Blood and Water (#7.7)} (script editor)
  58. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {Calculated Risk (#7.18)} (script editor)
  59. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {Chain of Guilt (#7.20)} (script editor)
  60. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {Danger: Wrong Turning (#8.3)} (script editor)
  61. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {Death Out of Season (#7.11)} (script editor)
  62. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {Found Dead (#7.8)} (script editor)
  63. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {Hi-Jack (#8.2)} (script editor)
  64. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {It Could Always Happen (#8.4)} (script editor)
  65. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {Music for Murder (#7.12)} (script editor)
  66. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {The Link (#7.2)} (script editor)
  67. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {The Reunion (#7.24)} (script editor)
  68. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {The Ring of Truth (#8.8)} (script editor)
  69. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {The Street (#8.6)} (script editor)
  70. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {To Find a Fox (#7.13)} (script editor)
  71. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {Truth or Dare (#7.6)} (script editor)
  72. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {Whoever's Right, Sweeney's Wrong (#7.1)} (script editor)
  73. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {Wolves Get Eaten, Too (#7.22)} (script editor)
  74. "The Four Just Men" (1959) {The Battle of the Bridge (#1.1)} (script supervisor)
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