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Prudence Fitzgerald

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Prudence Fitzgerald
Born(1930-01-18)18 January 1930
Died6 September 2018(2018-09-06) (aged 88)
OccupationTelevision Producer and Director
Years active1961–1984
(m. 1977; died 1998)

Prudence Mary Fitzgerald, (18 January 1930 – 6 September 2018) was an English television director and producer. She was known for directing and producing numerous British TV series including Dr. Finlay's Casebook, The Expert, The Shadow of the Tower, 1990 and the 1979 series A Family Affair. She was also a programme co-ordinator for the 1974 BBC TV mini-series Fall of Eagles.[2][3]

Life and career

Prudence Fitzgerald was born in Stafford in 1930 to Kevin Columba Fitzgerald, a chemical company advisor and Vida Lamb. She started working in television in the early 1960s, beginning her directing career at the BBC in 1961. She worked on several TV movies and series there before making her name as a director of the hugely popular Dr. Finlay's Casebook in 1965-1966.[4] She was the most prolific director on the BBC series, The Expert, helming eighteen of the sixty-two episodes.[5] It starred Marius Goring as the title character, Professor John Hardy.[6] It was the first series to feature a forensic pathologist in the lead role as an investigator, working with police.[7] It had an influence on such later shows as Quincy, M.E. and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.[8] Several of the series on which she worked, including The Expert and The Brothers, were created by the prolific producing duo Gerard Glaister and N.J. Crisp.[6]

Fitzgerald met her future husband Marius Goring when she chose him from his photo in a casting directory for a part on The Expert. Goring's second wife, the German actress Lucie Mannheim, died in 1976. Marius Goring and Prudence Fitzgerald married on 21 May 1977.[9] They shared a seventeenth-century house in London's Hampton Court that looked out onto a royal park,[10] before moving to the village of Rushlake Green in East Sussex, where they lived for the rest of their lives. Marius Goring died of cancer in 1998[11] and Prudence survived him by twenty years, dying on 6 September 2018. They are buried together in the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin, Warbleton, East Sussex.[12]



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  2. ^ Lentz III, Harris M. (2019). "Fitzgerald, Prudence". Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2018. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 122.
  3. ^ "Prudence Fitzgerald". BFI.
  4. ^ "Underneath the Dipole: Dr. Finlay's Casebook" (PDF). PRACTICAL TELEVISION. 1965. p. 412. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  5. ^ a b "The Expert 1968 United Kingdom". Television Heaven. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  6. ^ a b Martin, Andrew (18 September 2016). "The Sunday Post: Gerard Glaister". BBC Genome Blog.
  7. ^ Clark, Anthony. "Dr Finlay's Casebook (1962-71)". BFI ScreenOnline. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Television Career". Marius Goring. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  9. ^ McFarlane, Brian (2004). "Goring, Marius (1912-1998), actor and director". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press.
  10. ^ "Marius Goring". Films of the fifties. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  11. ^ Shorter, Eric (2 October 1998). "Marius Goring:Quixotic Actor for all reasons". The Guardian. p. 22. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  12. ^ "Prudence Mary Fitzgerald Goring". Find A Grave. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  13. ^ Baskin, Ellen (1996). Serials on British Television, 1950-1994. Scolar Press. p. 59.
  14. ^ "Moonstrike BBC 1963". Action TV. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  15. ^ Preston, James (14 May 1970). "A Touching and Sensitive Story: The Expert Death in the Rain, BBC1". The Stage and Television Today. p. 11. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  16. ^ a b Roberts, Jerry (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors. Lanham: Scarecrow Press.
  17. ^ "1990 BBC 1977 - 1978". Action TV. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  18. ^ Clute, John; Nicholls, Peter (1995). "1990". The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. New York: St Martins Griffin. pp. 872–873.
  19. ^ "New sit com and accent on the single play". The Stage and Television Today. 4 August 1977. p. 16. Retrieved 3 October 2020.

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