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Hugh David

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Hugh David

Born: Fri 17th July 1925
Died: Fri 11th September 1987 (age: 62)


Hugh David was an actor turned television director. 

His directorial credits include Compact, Z-Cars, The Pallisers and Doctor Who, for which he directed two stories in the Patrick Troughton era.

 While still an actor in the early 1960s, he had turned down the role of the First Doctor, when it was offered to him by his friend, the producer Rex Tucker. David later stated that as he had recently starred in the Granada Television series Knight Errant and disliked the high public profile it brought him, he was not keen to take on another leading role. 

Works included Sophia and Constance, Grange Hill, Une maison, une histoire, Of Mycenae and Men, Blue Peter Special Assignment, The Clifton House Mystery, Everyman, Centre Play, Rooms, The Velvet Glove, Luke's Kingdom, Dominic, Boy Dominic, Beryl's Lot, The Pallisers, Cranford, Clouds of Witness, Thirty-Minute Theatre, Wives and Daughters, Masterpiece Theatre, Trial, Jude the Obscure, Doomwatch, Z Cars, Christ Recrucified, The Expert, The Man in the Iron Mask, The Further Adventures of the Musketeers, 199 Park Lane, Compact, Zero One, Suspense, Richard the Lionheart, Tarnished Heroes, Knight Errant Limited, ITV Television Playhouse, A Matter of Degree, Armchair Theatre, How Green Was My Valley, BBC Sunday-Night Theatre, A Quiet Man, Television Playwright, The Invisible Armies, The Supreme Secret, Dixon of Dock Green, The Buccaneers, Reach for the Sky

He was married to Wendy the time that The Ark In Space was filmed.