Michael Ferguson

Last updated 18 October 2021

Michael Ferguson (1937-2021)
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Michael Ferguson

Born: Monday 14th June 1937
Died: Monday 4th October 2021 (age: 84)


Michael Ferguson is a British script writer, television director and television producer.

Ferguson was executive producer of the BBC soap opera, EastEnders between 1989 and 1991, where he was responsible for the introduction of two of the soap's most popular and long-running characters, Phil and Grant Mitchell, in 1990. He has also contributed significantly to ITV's popular police drama, The Bill

He directed four stories of Doctor Who and worked on 28 episodes of the series. His last contribution was The Claws of Axos in 1971.

Ferguson started his career as an actor, before moving into directing. He began directing for the BBC in the 1960s, contributing to television shows such as Z-Cars (1962-1967), The Newcomers, Compact (1964), 199 Park Lane (1965), Out of the Unknown(1969), and Doctor Who for which he directed the serials The War Machines (1966), The Seeds of Death (1969), The Ambassadors of Death (1970) and The Claws of Axos (1971). He remained at the BBC during the 1970s, directing various programmes including Quiller (1975) and Colditz (1972), before moving to rival network ITV in 1976.

At ITV he directed Dickens of London (1976), directed and produced the wartime drama The Sandbaggers (1978), Flambards(1979), Airline (1982) and The Glory Boys (1984). In 1985 Ferguson began directing for ITV's police drama The Bill and rose to producer in 1988. 

He produced the popular hospital drama Casualty (1993-1994), before returning to ITV in 1996 to once again direct for The Bill. His last directorial credit for the programme was in 2002.