Biography

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John Howard Davies  (born Paddington, London; 9 March 1939) is a British television director and producer and former child actor. Davies was the son of the scriptwriter Jack Davies. His credits as a child actor include the title role in David Lean's Oliver Twist (1948), The Rocking Horse Winner (1949), Tom Brown's Schooldays (1951) and a few episodes of the television series William Tell (1958). After school at Haileybury, further education at Grenoble and National Service in the Royal Navy, he started working in the City in a finance company. After that, he trained as a carpet salesman but quit after six months to travel the world. Ending up in Australia he returned to acting and met his wife Leonie when they both appeared in The Sound of Music. Back in Britain he tried selling oil to industry in Wembley and then became a production assistant in the BBC at the end of 1968. He is now best known for his adult career as a director and producer of several highly successful British sitcoms including All Gas and Gaiters, Fawlty Towers (series 1), The Goodies, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, The Good Life, No Job for a Lady and Mr. Bean. Davies was also the producer and director of the sketch show The World of Beachcomber and the earliest episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus. He also directed several episodes of The Vicar of Dibley. He became the BBC's Head of Comedy from 1977-1982,then head of Light Entertainment and finally Controller Managing Director of EMI Television Productions and the Head of Light Entertainment at ITV broadcaster Thames Television. During the last role he was cited by the popular press as the man who 'sacked' comedian Benny Hill when the station decided not to renew his contract after 20 years service.

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​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

John Howard Davies  (born Paddington, London; 9 March 1939) is a British television director and producer and former child actor. Davies was the son of the scriptwriter Jack Davies. His credits as a child actor include the title role in David Lean's Oliver Twist (1948), The Rocking Horse Winner (1949), Tom Brown's Schooldays (1951) and a few episodes of the television series William Tell (1958). After school at Haileybury, further education at Grenoble and National Service in the Royal Navy, he started working in the City in a finance company. After that, he trained as a carpet salesman but quit after six months to travel the world. Ending up in Australia he returned to acting and met his wife Leonie when they both appeared in The Sound of Music. Back in Britain he tried selling oil to industry in Wembley and then became a production assistant in the BBC at the end of 1968. He is now best known for his adult career as a director and producer of several highly successful British sitcoms including All Gas and Gaiters, Fawlty Towers (series 1), The Goodies, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, The Good Life, No Job for a Lady and Mr. Bean. Davies was also the producer and director of the sketch show The World of Beachcomber and the earliest episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus. He also directed several episodes of The Vicar of Dibley. He became the BBC's Head of Comedy from 1977-1982,then head of Light Entertainment and finally Controller Managing Director of EMI Television Productions and the Head of Light Entertainment at ITV broadcaster Thames Television. During the last role he was cited by the popular press as the man who 'sacked' comedian Benny Hill when the station decided not to renew his contract after 20 years service.

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Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender -

Known Credits 28

Birthday 1939-03-09

Day of Death 2011-08-22

Place of Birth London, England, UK

Official Site -

Also Known As

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

1994 The Vicar of Dibley(1 episode)Director
1991 The Exciting Escapades of Mr. BeanDirector
1991 Hope It Rains(13 episodes)Director
1990 No Job for a Lady(18 episodes)Director
1990 Mr. Bean(3 episodes)Director
1987 The Ruth Rendell Mysteries(4 episodes)Director
1986 Executive Stress(13 episodes)Director
1986 The Paul McCartney SpecialDirector
1985 All in Good Faith(12 episodes)Director
1984 The Bill(12 episodes)Director
1984 KimDirector
1984 Mr. Palfrey of Westminster(1 episode)Director
1979 Tales of the Unexpected(1 episode)Director
1977 Raffles(4 episodes)Director
1976 The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin(2 episodes)Director
1975 Fawlty Towers(6 episodes)Director
1972 The Edwardians(8 episodes)Director
1969 Monty Python's Flying Circus(4 episodes)Director
1968 The World of Beachcomber(19 episodes)Director
1963 Doctor Who(4 episodes)Director
1961 Comedy Playhouse(4 episodes)Director

Production

1991 The Exciting Escapades of Mr. BeanProducer
1990 No Job for a Lady(18 episodes)Producer
1990 Mr. Bean(24 episodes)Producer
1990 Mr. Bean(24 episodes)Executive Producer
1988 After Henry(40 episodes)Executive Producer
1986 Executive Stress(19 episodes)Producer
1976 The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin(31 episodes)Producer
1975 Fawlty Towers(37 episodes)Producer
1975 The Good Life(32 episodes)Producer

Acting

1958 The Adventures of William Tell(2 episodes)
1951 Tom Brown's Schooldays as Tom Brown
1951 The Magic Box as Maurice Friese-Greene
1949 The Rocking Horse Winner as Paul Grahame
1948 Oliver Twist as Oliver Twist

Creator

1969 Monty Python's Flying CircusCreator

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