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Mr Morley was a television pioneer in the UK, producing programmes from Alexandra Palace in London on the BBC's new high-definition service which began on 2nd November 1936. His long list of work from that period includes Picture Page from April to October 1937 and then a series of plays and dramas including The Man With The Flower in His Mouth, The Importance of Being Earnest, Cymbeline, The Duchess of Malfi, The White Chateau, The Unquiet Spirit, Good Morning, Bill! and The Ringer, all before the service was suspended on 1st September 1939 on the outbreak of the Second World War. During this time, he was noted for being the first person to compose camera scripts with notations similar to film scripts in a practice that is still used to this day e.g. CU for "close-up".
During the war he transferred to radio, producing plays and talks programmes for the Home Service and the Forces Service, notably Combat Diary, as well as fulfilling military duties before returning to television with his first production Dangerous Corner, being broadcast on 11th June 1946, just five days after the resumption of the service. He specialised in plays, becoming the producer of BBC Sunday Night Theatre, as well as being Head of Staff Training for a period in the early-1950s. He filled the same role in Australia in the mid to late 1950s, helping inaugurate the television service there before returning to the UK and ITV, first with ATV and then Granada Television for whom he directed The Villains. He then returned to the BBC producing Dr. Finlay's Casebook, Brett and The Regiment with his final work before retirement back at ATV with Why Can't I Go Home?, General Hospital and Crossroads.
Episodes directed by Royston MorleyEdit
1964 (4 episodes)