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date: 13 April 2021

Johnstone, Iain Gilmour free

Born 8 April 1943; s of Jack and Gilly Johnstone; m 1980, Mo Watson; one s two d

author and broadcaster


Campbell College, Belfast; Bristol Univ. (LLB Hons)


Newscaster, ITN, 1966–68; Producer, BBC TV, 1968–74; Prof. of Broadcasting, Boston Univ., 1975; Man. Dir, DVD Prodns Ltd (formerly Kensington TV), 1977–2015; BBC presenter, Film 1983, 1984; film critic, The Sunday Times, 1983–93. Accredited Mediator, ADR Gp. Screenplays: Fierce Creatures (with John Cleese), 1996; The Evening News, 2001; The Bank of San Benedetto, 2002; Elsinore: The Year Before; documentaries: John Wayne and his films, 1969; Muhammad Ali, 1977; The Pythons, 1979; Snowdon on Camera, 1981; Steven and Stanley, 2001; Making Connections: the Weizmann Institute, 2010; (play) St Etheldreda’s Day, 2018. Mem., BAFTA, 1998–


The Arnhem Report, 1977; The Man With No Name, 1980; Cannes: The Novel, 1990; Wimbledon 2000, 1992; The James Bond Companion, 1999; (contrib.) British Comedy Greats, 2003; Tom Cruise: all the world’s a stage, 2006; (with Kathryn Apanowicz) Richard by Kathryn, 2006; Streep: a life in film, 2009; Pirates of the Mediterranean, 2009; Close Encounters: a media memoir, 2013; Get Carman!, 2020


lawn tennis, theatre, grandchildren


16 Tournay Road SW6 7UF


Garrick, Queen’s; Campden Hill Lawn Tennis

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