Clive Exton

Clive Exton (11 April 1930 – 16 August 2007) was a British television and film screenwriter, sometime playwright, and former actor. He is best known for his scripts of Agatha Christie’s Poirot, P. G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster, and Rosemary & Thyme. He was born Clive Jack Montague Brooks in Islington, London, England, the son of a civil service clerk. He spent two years in the British Army, stationed in Germany. Equity, the actors' union, required his change of professional name, as there was already an actor registered under the name Clive Brook. After training at the Central School of Speech and Drama and deciding to act, he borrowed the name Exton from the character "Sir Piers Exton" in the William Shakespeare play Richard II. His first television play, No Fixed Abode, was transmitted by Granada Television in 1959. He then contributed to Sydney Newman’s Armchair Theatre series which included the episodes: "Where I Live", "Hold My Hand, Soldier", "I’ll Have You to Remember," and "The Trial of Doctor Fancy," among others; the best of them being directed by Ted Kotcheff.


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