Martin Lisemore

Last updated 09 January 2020

Martin Arnold Lisemore

Born: Tuesday 11th July 1939
Died: Thursday 3rd February 1977 (age: 37)


Martin Lisemore was Production Assistant for 1968 Doctor Who story The Enemy of the World.

He later became a producer responsible for many period drama series and adaptations, including The Woodlanders, The Spoils of Poynton, and adaptations of Sense and Sensibility in 1971 and Emma the following year.

He quickly established himself as a leading producer of classic period drama, often working in partnership with script editor Betty Willingale. He achieved arguably his greatest success with the dramatisations of How Green Was My Valley (1975-76) and I Claudius (1976), the later winning both BAFTA and Emmy awards.

On 3 February 1977, during the production of his next series, Murder Most English, Lisemore was killed in a road accident.

He was maried to Sarah Lisemore, who appeared in The Enemy of the World.