David Rose

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David
Family name: 
Rose
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Interview Number: 
776
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Duration (mins): 
42

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David studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 1947-49 before working for five years in repertory theatre as a stage manager and director.

He moved  into television in 1954 as an assistant floor manager for Michael Barry’s BBC  drama department.

Throughout the 1960s and 70s  he was a leading figure in British television at the BBC, where he produced 176 episodes of Z Cars before moving on to the spin off series Softly, Softly. He was Head of English Regions Drama at BBC Pebble Mill for ten years, and then at Channel 4, where he was Senior Commissioning Editor for Fiction from 1981-90, responsible not only for the new channel's drama output but also for Film on Four, which revitalised British cinema.