Directors

Gerry Jones

Gerry was the producer for the following Radio plays by James Follett for BBC Radio 4

 

Oboe at The Embassy 1st Broadcast 5th September 1980

 

Total Number Of Plays 1

 

Biography

 

Gerry Jones was born in Colwyn Bay in 1931. His career began as an actor in 1957. Whilst a member of the Old Vic Co. in 1962 he had his first radio play, "All Through the Night", accepted by the BBC. He wrote many plays for radio & television until joining the BBC in 1966, where he began as a script reader. He wrote more plays, including the classic "Time After Time", and later went into directing, working on the first three "Fear on Four" series, Saturday Night Theatre, and much more. He directed a very large number of plays over a period of about 20 years, and left the BBC in 1989 ("we would spend a day in the studio on a half-hour play, going up to 3 days for a ninety-minuter"). He wrote a novel, "The Sin Eater", in 1973.

In Feb. 2005 Bert Coules put the following on the BBC7 messageboard:

"...........I thought people here might like to know the sad news that Gerry Jones, the radio and TV playwright and radio drama producer, died last week at the age of seventy-four. Gerry was a good friend of mine when I was on the staff at the Beeb; it was back then that he and fellow-producer Martin Jenkins - and a great double-act they made, the pair of them - were responsible for reviving the old "Man in Black" concept under the new title Fear on Four. Gerry directed all three of my episodes, and I couldn't have wished for a better job. "

BBC Broadcasts

20.03.1963 All Through The Night
07.08.1963 Out of the Rain
25.01.1964 There used to be Trees
17.03.1965 Third Time Down
19.01.1966 A Smell of Lavender
29.06.1966 A Question of Disposal
30.11.1966 Once in a Lifetime
28.10.1967 A Hell of a Day on Monday
08.05.1970 A Smell Of Lavender
12.04.1972 A Welcome in the Hillside
16.11.1972 Out Of The Rain
06.07.1973 Out Of The Rain
25.08.1977 A Welcome in the Hillside
30.05.1979 Time After Time
18.06.1980 Time After Time
25.04.1984 Time After Time
17.06.1992 Dried Flowers
22.06.1995 The angels they grow lonely

Gerry also lists the following


Taybridge
The Fiend
Three Ring Circus
Snake
Jack in the Box

Gerry Jones as Director or Producer:

1971 Sounds in the sky
1972 Astronaut
1975 The Blop
1975 Brian and the brain factory
1976 A Full Account (John Kirkmorris)
1977 The one who came back
1980 A Resistance to pressure (David Baum)
05.09.1980 Oboe at the Embassy (James Follett)
??.01.1984 The Killing Season (5 x 30 mins; Rodney Wingfield)
1984 Orbital decay
1988 The Spirit of the House (Michael Robson)
1989 Survival (John Wyndham)
23.09.1992 Saving of the Saluto (Melville Jones)
1992 The Seagull (Chekhov)

 

NOTES

ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT....1963
Set in a Welsh village; about a strike which takes place in one of the mines. A murder has been committed; the body is in the house, and our miner friend will dispose of it before his wife gets home. But a strike is declared at the mine...will he get home in time to get rid of the body?

OUT OF THE RAIN....1963
It's the 1960s, and a yound man and a woman meet on the sea front in the rain. They make their way to a disused cinema. But the man has an over-developed imagination; there is something wrong with him... with Elizabeth Morgan as Susan and David Valor as Jimmy. Produced by Norman Wright.

A SMELL OF LAVENDER....1966
A little Welsh village is dying; the mine has shut, and the trains no longer stop there. Only one famous person has come from the village, and now he's lecturing all around the world. The villagers appeal to him for help - his response is unexpected, and so is what happens next....with Jessie Evans, Anthony Hall, Michael McLean, Harry Stamper; produced by John Powell.

THREE RING CIRCUS
A beautiful girl working in a circus, and a champion boxer falls for her...but not everything ends happily. With Jim Norton, Mick Ford, John Junkin, Tessa Worsley, Natasha Pyne, Brett Usher, John Church, Carole Boyd; dir. Martin Jenkins.

TAYBRIDGE, by Gerry Jones
A story of Harold, a very odd country vicar, his weak wife, and a dirty minded cat...plus his son Taybridge, living in the attic for 18 years, and never venturing from the house. Why is he called Taybridge? You think of a bigger disaster. Harold was Glyn Houston, Pearl was Elizabeth Morgan, Taybridge was Sean Probert; with John Bull, Peter Pacey, Peter Williams, Paul Gayman, Maddi Head and Kate Coleridge as the carol singers. Produced by Martin Jenkins.

A QUESTION OF DISPOSAL
A typical ex-army man and his wife...it all begins with a 'phone call from an anonymous caller. Some days later, Mr. Brook moves in to the empty lodgings next door, and in Peter Evett's mind, some unpleasant memories, long hidden, begin to come to the surface. He is to learn that there is more than one way of taking revenge...
This play has been broadcast both in the UK and South Africa (Springbok Radio 1990). The South African version is adapted and produced by Zeona Burnell; Mr. Brook was played by Colin Fish, Brian O'Shaunessy was Peter Evett and Jenny Gratis was his wife.

TIME AFTER TIME
One of the best plays ever written for radio -a traveller, suffering from amnesia, checks into a hotel. But it is like no other.... the staff are evasive; and no-one will tell him where he is. The conversations he has are odd, too; is it his imagination, or has he heard them already? After a while he decides to leave the building, to get his bearings, but each attempt leads him back to his room, and the same conversation he had ten minutes ago....

This play has been broadcast in two versions; one by the BBC and one by ABC (Australia). The BBC R4 broadcast was directed by Martin Jenkins.

SNAKE
The plot defies description; it is another play which can only work on radio, and won Spain's International Ondas Award in 1976. With Colette O'Neill as Sandra, Peter Jeffery as Peter, Anthony Smee as Trevor, Elizabeth Lindsey as the boy, with John Rye, Frank Carson; narrated by John Rowe. The music was written by David Caine; played by George Calne and John Royston-Mitchell; produced by Martin Jenkins.

JACK IN THE BOX
Another "radio-only" play; full of the memories and recollections and flashbacks from a man in a retirement home; full of insightful anecdotes and humorous moments.

THE FIEND
A woman is being stalked in her home ... when she is out at work , someone is getting in. But a fiend may not be what he appears to be... With Maureen O'Brien as Mary, Mick Ford as Philip, Carole Boyd as Ann, John Rowe as the narrator; also starring Brian Hewlett, Victoria Carling. Directed by Martin Jenkins.

DRIED FLOWERS
A story within a story, about boxing and love...

THE ANGELS THEY GROW LONELY
A man finds that he is no longer subject to the law of gravity. Will his doctor understand? Unusual play starring Stephen Thorne.

G.J. AS PRODUCER / DIRECTOR

THE ONE WHO CAME BACK
By James Follett., produced by GJ, directed by Piers Plowright. A German P.O.W., East Berlin, 1946...

OBOE AT THE EMBASSY
By James Follett, produced by GJ. He's home at 5.20 ... a respectable, contented, married man, secure in a nice routine. But someone is determined that the routine must end...her tight sweater and indecently split-skirt may help... with Jane Knowles, Rowena Roberts, Peter Jeffrey, Philip Voss and Michael Spice.

THE SAVING OF THE SALUTO
An exciting story of rescue and heroism involving the Newlyn lifeboat, in the early years of the 20th century.

 

 

 

New Projects Latest Novel Very Short fiction Novels by Decade Novels by Cover Fiction Samples

Radio Plays Audio Bibliography: Radio Radio Play Directors

James Follett A-Z Radio Characters James Follett A-Z

James Follett Time-line Earthsearch Links

Home E-mail James or Dave