Louis Marks

Last updated 09 January 2020

Louis Frank Marks

Born: Friday 23rd March 1928
Died: Friday 17th September 2010 (age: 82)

Louis Marks was a British script writer and producer mainly for the BBC. 

He wrote for Doctor Who on four occasions. "Planet of Giants", which opened the second season of the programme in 1964, "Day of the Daleks" in 1972,  "Planet of Evil"; and  "The Masque of Mandragora"

He began his writing career by contributing to The Adventures of Robin Hood in 1959. His scripts included The Man Who Finally Died (1967) for the BBC and Special Branch for Thames Television (1970). 

He also wrote for Danger Man with Patrick McGoohan, and for the Doomwatch science fiction series.

He also served as a script editor on programmes such as Bedtime Stories (1974); The Stone Tape (1972); and No Exit (1972). Marks' producer credits include The Lost Boys (1978), Fearless Frank (1979), the BBC's adaptation of the Three Theban plays (between 1984 and 1986), and the BBC's adaptation of George Eliot's Middlemarch (1994). 

He worked with Jack Clayton on an adaption of Muriel Spark's Memento Mori in 1991, Harold Pinter on The Hothouse 1987 and with Mike Leigh on Grown-ups 1982. His most recent critical success was his production of Daniel Deronda by George Eliot for the BBC in 2002.