Edgar William Podmore (15th August, 1931 - 22nd January, 1994) was a director on Coronation Street in the 1960s who went on to have three spells as the programme's producer between 1976 and 1977, then from 1977 to 1982, and again between 1987 - 1988. He also served as the Street's Executive Producer from 1982 to 1987, and is largely considered to be the man responsible for the show's "Golden Age" in the 1970s and 1980s.
Bill maintained a consistent element of comedy during his stints as producer, which enabled characters such as Stan Ogden, Hilda Ogden and Eddie Yeats to become popular and well-loved by longtime fans to this day. However, some of the cast nicknamed him "The Godfather" because of his occasional ruthlessness when it came to killing off characters such as Ernie Bishop and Renee Roberts. He also became somewhat unpopular with his co-workers for terminating the contract of Peter Adamson (Len Fairclough) after Peter had sold his story of his 1982 arrest for child molestation to a tabloid newspaper.
Bill was born in Gainsborough in Lincolnshire and joined the BBC in December 1954 working at their Lime Grove studios in West London, with Sooty being the first show he worked on. One of the credits to his next was the first series of Dixon of Dock Green in 1955 but his first job as a cameraman was on Eric Robinson's Music for You. Soon afterwards he moved to ATV in their Birmingham studios and then joined Granada Television in September 1957 as a senior cameraman based in their London Chelsea studio. He moved to Manchester in 1965 and became a director in 1967, and then a producer on Nearest and Dearest in 1970.
Bill retired in 1988, and published his memoirs in 1990.