Maelstrom

Production Team

1985

A BBC TV Production
In Association with
Gryphon Productions

Music Composed
and Conducted by

JOHHNNY PEARSON

Production Manager
DAVID ISTANCE

Production Associates
COLIN DUDLEY
JEREMY GWILT

Production Assistant
DIANA BROOKES

Assistant Floor Manager
BETH MILLWARD

Norwegian Liaison
BENTE SAXON

Facilities Manager
for Gryphon Productions

BRIAN KNOWLMAN

Properties Buyer
MICHAEL IRELAND

Graphic Design
CATRIONA DAVIS

Camera Supervisor
GORDON PENFOLD

Vision Mixer
PATRICIA LEWIS

Technical Manager
JOHN MORRANS

Video Tape Editor
ALAN DIXON

Studio Lighting
ALAN HENDERSON

Studio Sound
BOB GILLIES

Dubbing Editor
GRAEME MOORE

Dubbing Mixer
ANGUS McALLISTER

Film Recordist
GORDON FORSYTH

Film Cameraman
ALEX SCOTT

Film Editor
ROBIN CHALMERS

Script Editor
BRIAN WRIGHT

Visual Effects Designer
MIKE KELT

Costume Designer
DAVID BEETON

Make up Designer
JANET STEELE

Designer
BOB SMART

Producer
VERE LORRIMER

Director
DAVID MALONEY

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VERE LORRIMER - PRODUCER
Bio courtesy of Steve Holland of
Bear Alley

Vere Lorrimer was born on 8 June 1920 and, after starring in a school play, trained at Fay Compton School of Dramatic Art before entering the theatre, thanks to a friend of his father's, as an assistant stage manager and small part player at the Palace Theatre, Watford. Joining up at the age of 20, Lorrimer served with the tank regiment but did not see any action as he was offered a chance to join the Stars in Battledress entertainment unit, directing and acting in several revues.

Back in civvies, he worked as a pianist, actor and stage manager before finding a regular role as artistic director at the Royal Artillery Theatre, Woolwich. After a few seasons producing and directing touring plays, he joined the BBC in 1953 where he made his directorial debut on children's programmes such as The Sooty Show.

Lorrimer left puppetry for live action before long, directing episodes of The Eggheads (1961), Compact (1962), Dixon of Dock Green (1965-76), Z-Cars (1965-67), Softly, Softly (1969-76), Counterstrike (1969), Comedy Playhouse (1970), Doomwatch (1970), Trial (1971), The Mackinnons (1977), When the Boat Comes In (1977) Blake's 7 (1978-80) and The Enigma Files (1980). He returned to Blake's 7 as the producer of the fourth and final series (1981), a role he also had on Tenko (1982).

After producing The Dark Side of the Sun and Maelstrom Lorrimer retired from the BBC, but continued to write, produce and direct plays as well as teaching film and TV at drama schools. He appeared in a late episode of Doctor Who as a tour guide in the Sylvester McCoy series 'Silver Nemesis' (1988) and attended a number of Blake's 7 conventions. He lived in Worthing and died on 1 October 1998, aged 78.


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