Mervyn Haisman

Last updated 09 January 2020

Mervyn Haisman

Born: Thursday 15th March 1928
Died: Friday 29th October 2010 (age: 82)


Mervyn Haisman was a television and film script writer.

He also worked as an actor and managed a theatre.

An early television credit was an episode of Doctor Finlay�s Casebook (1967) called The Forgotten Enemy. At about the same time he formed a writing partnership with Henry Lincoln, and together they were the authors of three Doctor Who stories. Together they created the Yeti and the Quarks.

Haisman also wrote for many British television shows including The Onedin Line (on which he also worked as script editor), Howards' Way, and Swallows and Amazons Forever!; and on the horror movie Curse of the Crimson Altar, also known as The Crimson Cult (1968), again with Henry Lincoln.

He provided script for the popular BBC series Jane (1982) , starring Glynis Barber as the wartime comic strip pin up. He was to also write the second series Jane in the Desert (1984). The success of the TV series lead to Haisman writing for the movie Jane and the Lost City (1987). This time featuring Kirsten Hughes in the lead role.