Clive Exton

Clive Exton was a British screenwriter who brought a literary wit to his work. After a brief career as an actor, Exton turned to screenwriting for television, taking part in the move towards greater realism that came to ... Read more »
Born: 04/11/1930

Filmography

Writer (27)

Rosemary & Thyme 2003 (Tv Show)

Writer

Poirot: Murder in Mesopotamia 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Writer

The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Poirot: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Hercule Poirot's Christmas 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Writer

Jeeves & Wooster IV 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Writer

Jeeves and Wooster, Series III 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Writer

Poirot, Series V 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Writer

Agatha Christie's Poirot Series IV 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Writer

Jeeves and Wooster, Series II 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Writer

Agatha Christie's Poirot 1992 (Tv Show)

Writer

The Adventure of the Western Star 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Writer

The Kidnapped Prime Minister 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Writer

Agatha Christie's Poirot 1990 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Writer

Jeeves & Wooster 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Writer

The Mysterious Affair at Styles 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Writer

Murder in the Mews 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Writer

Problem at Sea 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Writer

The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Writer

The Adventure of the Clapham Cook 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Writer

Red Sonja 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Awakening 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

10 Rillington Place 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Entertaining Mr. Sloane 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Isadora 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Poirot: Peril at End House (TV Show)

Writer (adaptation)

The Dream (TV Show)

Writer
Other (8)

How Does Your Garden Grow? 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Consultant

The Double Clue 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Consultant

The Plymouth Express 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Consultant

The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Consultant

Four and Twenty Blackbirds 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Consultant

The King of Clubs 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Consultant

The Third Floor Flat 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Consultant

Triangle at Rhodes 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Consultant

Biography

Clive Exton was a British screenwriter who brought a literary wit to his work. After a brief career as an actor, Exton turned to screenwriting for television, taking part in the move towards greater realism that came to British TV in the early 1960s. He wrote television plays for a program called Armchair Theater, often working with director Ted Kotcheff. Acclaimed British director Basil Deardon directed Exton's first feature film, a social drama about class struggle entitled "A Place to Go", in '63. Other successes followed, including the '68 Isadora Duncan biopic, "Isadora", starring Vanessa Redgrave, the '71 serial killer drama "10 Rillington Place" (starring Richard Attenborough), as well as an uncredited script re-write of the '67 hit "Georgy Girl". Exton spent a decade in Hollywood in the '80s but worked on unsuccessful low-brow works like "The Awakening", the '80 mummy movie, and "Red Sonja", the '85 sword and sandal film. He returned to England in the late '80s and found a welcome market for his sophisticated style. In '89, he wrote the first episode of the "Agatha Christie's Poirot" TV series, starring David Suchet, and continued on to write 20 episodes of the popular series between '89 and '00. He also wrote all the episodes of the acclaimed comedy "Jeeves and Wooster" between '90 and '93. He was writing for the mystery series "Rosemary & Thyme" when he was diagnosed with brain cancer. Exton died of the disease in '07.

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