John Cooper - Producer / Director
||John Cooper was born in 1927 in Edale,
Derbyshire where he attended New Mills Grammar School. Aged
17, he joined the BBC Sound radio engineering department in
Glasgow before moving onto Manchester and finally, Broadcasting
House in London.
It was whilst there
that National Service intervened and John found himself
as an instructor in the general education service with the
In 1949, he was back at the BBC working at
Alexandra Palace as an engineer with the newly resurrected television
service. After specialisation occurred, he became a cameraman
eventually making the move to ABC on the new ITV service in 1955
becoming a senior cameraman there by 1956 and eventually Head
of the Camera Department the following year.
In 1958, John became a director working on such diverse programming
as "Ad Mags", science documentaries, "Right to
Reply" and, eventually, "Emergency Ward Ten" -
which was then ITV's popular medical drama. The early sixties
saw John spending three years producing the show for twice-weekly
He also produced and directed many episodes of ATV's most popular
programmes including "The Plane Makers", "The Power
Game", "Sergeant Cork", "The Sullivan Brothers",
"Mrs Thursday", "Knock on Any Door", "Love
Story", "Crimes of Passion", "Hunter's Walk",
"The Foundation", "Thriller" "General
Hospital" and "Sounding Brass" He was also responsible
for a number of milestones whilst at ATV including the production
of two series of "Happy Ever After" which was the first
colour series made at ATV's Elstree Studios and "Honey Lane"
which marked the first use of Elstree's back lot in filming. (The
backlot is nowadays more famous for playing host to the EastEnders
In 1970, he was responsible for producing "Timeslip".
He also directed its first six episodes and went on to produce
"Tightrope" which also featured Spencer Banks and re-united
many of "Timeslip's" production team in 1972.
He remained at ATV when it was taken over and became Central
Television and in 1980, produced the drama series "Diamonds"
directing nine episodes out of thirteen.
In 1983, he was seconded to TVS where he produced and directed
segments of the short story anthology "Strange But True".
Returning to Central, he directed episodes of "Murphy's Mob"
and several other series for children's television including "Them
and Us" and "Y.E.S.".
John Cooper retired in 1987.
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