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15 July 2006

Obituary: Bryan Izzard

Obituary: Bryan Izzard

Bryan Izzard, the director of Hammer's third and final film adaptation of the popular British comedy series On The Buses, the 1973 film Holiday on the Buses, died on 27 April at his home in Surrey.

Izzard had been a prolific television director and producer during the 1970s and 1980s, including several series of the tv version of On the Buses. He was born in 1932 to Marjorie and Frank Izzard, and read English at Oxford where he became heavily involved in University drama. Despite gaining a teaching diploma, he opted to join the BBC as a trainee producer.

Having produced a number of current affairs programmes he moved on to directing light entertainment, including The Simon Dee Show, Doctor In Charge (1972), The Reg Varney Revue (1972), The Rag Trade (1977) and The Green Tie on the Little Yellow Dog (1983); and in drama direction the ITV series Crown Court and producing Charles Endell, Esquire (1979) - a spin off for Scottish Television from Adam Faith's Budgie.

His work during the 1990s included producing An Actor's Life for Me (BBC, 1991) starring John Gordon Sinclair; with his final tv work directing Julia and the Cadillacs (1999) starring Toya Wilcox and Hammer alumnus Thora Hird in one of her final performances.

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