Boswell - creator/script editor
||When the call came through to create
a new children's series to fulfill the station's obligations
to young people's programming Ruth, who was working in ATV's
Script Department, came up with Timeslip - partially inspired
by the theories and ideas expounded in the non-fiction book
"An Experiment with Time"
Ruth remained at as Head of the Script Department
until 1972 when she moved to Thames Television as a producer.
It was there she produced the first four series of "The Tomorrow
People" and pioneered further the use of OB VT recording
for drama series - a then infant technique used to successful
effect in 'Escape into Night.' She remained at Thames, producing
many childrens' drama series and becoming the company's representative
at the European Broadcast Union. She also wrote the book on the
EBU conference in Eindhoven in 1978.
In 1980, she moved to the BBC where she produced adult drama
series for both BBC1 and BBC2. One of these was a 20 part series
called "Maybury" - set in the psychiatric wing of a
hospital. It featured Patrick Stewart in his first starring role
on television and also had early appearances by Kenneth Branagh,
Juliet Stevenson and Michael Kitchen.
In 1990, she moved to Anglia TV to develop and produce "The
Chief" for ITV. The series ran for five successful seasons
and starred Tim Pigot-Smith and, later, Martin Shaw.
In 1996, Ruth's company co-produced (with Castle Rock L.A.) the
motion picture "The Run of the Country". Her co-producer
on the project was Peter Yates. The film starred Albert Finney
and was written by Shane Connaughton who had previous success
with "My Left Foot".
In 1997, Ruth returned to science fiction to produce "The
Uninvited" for Zenith Productions. It was originally based
on an idea by the serial's eventual star Leslie Grantham and also
featured Douglas Hodge. After 'The Uninvited', Ruth developed
a feature film with the BBC based on a novel she had co-written
with Frances Kennet called 'Antigua'.
She is currently developing a feature film called 'Gricers' and
another of her novels 'Out of Time' is also in development as
Selected TV work includes:
Timeslip (1970) ATV ...as creator and script editor
The Tomorrow People (1972-75) ...as producer
Funny Ha Ha (1974) Thames TV (Anthology series)
Warrior Queen (1978) Thames TV (with Sian Phillips, Nigel Hawthorne
and Michael Gothard) ...as producer and director
Maybury (1981-1984) BBC Television (with Patrick Stewart) ...as
Late Starter (1985) BBC Television ...as producer
The Chief (1990-94) Anglia Television (with Tim Piggot-Smith and
Martin Shaw) ...as producer
The Uninvited (1997) Zenith for ITV (with Leslie Grantham and
Douglas Hodge) ...as producer
Writing credits include:
Novel: 'Emmy' Published by RKP (Adapted for BBC's 'Jackanory')
Script: Adapted 'Escape into Night' by Catherine Storr
Novel: 'Antigua' (with Frances Kennett)
Novel: 'Out of Time' (Currently in development as a feature film.)
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