A former advertising copywriter and maker of documentary films for the BBC. Franc Roddam has tended to make films about the morality and integrity of men. He made his feature directorial debut with "Q...
The stars of cult British TV drama Auf Wiedersehen, Pet are to reunite for a special event marking the show's 30th anniversary later this year (13). The black comedy, which followed the exploits of a group of British construction workers on jobs overseas, first hit screens in the U.K. in November, 1983.
It became an instant hit and made household names of its seven stars, including Harry Potter actor Timothy Spall, and the show went on to enjoy a hugely successful revival in 2002.
A convention event is being planned in Newcastle, England - where many of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet's characters were based - to celebrate the anniversary, and several big names connected with the programme will attend.
Tim Healy, who played team leader Dennis Patterson, show creator Franc Roddam, and writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais are confirmed for the charity event, and several other stars are expected to attend.
Healy says, "Thirty years, I can't believe where it's gone. We're having a brickies' gala dinner and a charity auction with all the money going to the Sunday for Sammy Trust... It will be a great night."
The weekend-long convention, which will include a tour of locations used in the show, is due to take place in September (13).
Helmed the pallid remake "The Bride", co-starring Sting and Jennifer Beals
Executive produced the six-part documentary "Dogs" (aired in the USA on A&E)
Executive produced the HBO film "Deadly Voyage"
Joined BBC as documentary filmmaker
Produced and directed "The War Party"
Feature directing and screenwriting debut, "Quadrophenia"
Made first American feature "The Lords of Discipline"
Wrote, produced and directed the well-received small screen remake of "Moby Dick"
Worked as advertising copywriter/producer with Ogilvy, Benson, Mather for two years
Directed last feature to date "K2"
A former advertising copywriter and maker of documentary films for the BBC. Franc Roddam has tended to make films about the morality and integrity of men. He made his feature directorial debut with "Quadrophenia" (1979), a finely observed coming-of-age saga set against a backdrop of teenage gang rivalry in 1950s Britain and based on a song cycle by rock group The Who. His first American film, "The Lords of Discipline" (1982) was a tense drama set in a military school while "The Bride" (1985) was a critically-panned but atmospheric reworking of 1935's "The Bride of Frankenstein". After helming the unsuccessful screen version of the stage play "K2" (1991), about two men who set out to climb the world's second highest mountain. Roddam spent several years developing his small screen remake of "Moby Dick". The two-part USA Network original starring Patrick Stewart and Henry Thomas was well-received both by critics and audiences.