Jeremy Summers

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19 Mar 2001
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 This interview was originally shot on video tape. This is an audio copy of the interview which was recorded on the 19th March 2001. 


Jeremy  Summers was born into a family of theatrical tradition and his father Walter Summers (1896-1973) was a film director and screenwriter.

He directed nearly 50 different TV programmes between 1960 and 1999, including The Saint and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased).

Summers began directing in 1960 with a film Depth Charge, the screenplay of which he also wrote, but he immediately turned his attention to television and directed episodes of Desert Hi-JackInterpol Calling and four episodes of International Detective between 1960 and 1961.

A sequence of feature films followed, the Tony Hancock feature film vehicle The Punch and Judy ManCrooks in Cloisters (1964) with Barbara Windsor, Dateline Diamonds (1965) starring William Lucas and Kenneth Cope as well as Gerry and the Pacemakers feature film Ferry Cross the Mersey (1965). Meanwhile, he continued in television with Man of the World and, in 1965, episodes of Court MartialGideon's Way and two more films Ferry Cross the Mersey and San Ferry Ann.

In 1966 Summers directed episodes of Danger Man; he also directed some 12 episodes of The Saint from 1964 to 1966. Episodes of The Saint that Summers filmed include "The Lawless Lady", "The Death Penalty" and "The Unkind Philanthropist" (1964), "The Abducters" (1965) and "The Man Who Liked Lions" (1966).

This was followed in 1967 by The Baron and several foreign films of that year The Vengeance of Fu ManchuFive Golden Dragons and The House of 1,000 Dolls for Harry Alan Towers. He also directed an episode of Man in a Suitcase in 1968.

In 1969, still under contract with ITC, Summers directed a number of episodes of the popular series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), working with actors Mike Pratt, Kenneth Cope and Annette Andre.

In the '70s, Summers directed 2 episodes of UFO (TV series) and several for The Protectors, both being Gerry Anderson series.

In the 1990s he directed episodes of the television soap operas Coronation Street and Brookside before his retirement.