Tributes paid to Verity Lambert
Renowned TV Producer Verity Lambert has died aged 71.
Lambert was the first producer of Doctor Who in 1963.
In her career,
she also produced dramas including The Newcomers, Adam Adamant Lives!,
Minder and Quatermass.
In 1985 Verity formed her own independent television company, Cinema
She produced the second series of Jonathan Creek and recently completed the second series of BBC One's Love Soup.
In January 2002, Lambert was awarded an OBE in recognition of her
services to film and television.
Shortly before she died it was announced that she was to receive the Working Title Films lifetime achievement award at the 2007 Women In Film And Television Awards.
Jane Tranter, Controller, BBC Fiction, said:
"Verity was a total one-off. She was a magnificently, madly,
inspirationally talented drama producer.
"During her long and brilliant
career there was no form of drama that was beyond her reach and that she
didn't excel at. From the early episodes of Doctor Who to the still to
be transmitted comedy drama Love Soup, via Widows, Minder, gbh,
Eldorado and Jonathan Creek (to name but the tiniest handful of
credits) – Verity was a phenomon.
"She made the television drama genre
utterly her own. She was deaf to the notion of compromise and there
wasn't an actor, writer, director or television executive she worked
with who didn't regard her with admiration, respect and awe.
"She will be
hugely missed but her legacy lives on in the dramas she made, and in the
generations of eager young programme-makers she has inspired.
(Friday) is the 44th anniversary of her first ever episode of Doctor
Jon Plowman, Executive Producer, BBC Comedy, said:
"Verity was a TV giant. Her career spanned the eras, from first episodes
of Doctor Who and Minder through to Jonathan Creek and the forthcoming
series of Love Soup.
"She was extraordinary – very keen to get shows
right and to encourage people, as she did for me in my early days. She
never held back in her praise and was not jealous of anyone else's
success – she enjoyed watching people grow up around her."
Russell T Davies, the current Writer and Executive Producer of Doctor Who, said: "There are a hundred people in Cardiff working on Doctor Who and millions
of viewers, in particular many children, who love the programme that
Verity helped create.
"This is her legacy and we will never forget that."
And Menna Richards, Controller, BBC Wales, said: "In Doctor Who, Verity Lambert has left a legacy that lives on in the new productions BBC Wales has been making since 2004. We in Wales owe her a debt of gratitude for handing on such a treasure which continues to be enjoyed the world over."
BBC Press Office