Television Pioneer. George More O'Ferrall received notoriety for being a pioneer in the British television industry, producing and directing for the British Broadcasting Company in October of 1936 the first television drama to be presented in the world, T.S. Eliot's "Murder In The Cathedral", which was followed by some twenty more of his presentations. Among the many of his “first,” he was the first to produce for television Lewis Carroll's “Alice Through the Looking Glass” and Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot mystery, “The Wasp's Nest.” He produced a two-hour, magazine-type program, “Picture Page,” for three years before World War II and starting in 1946, six years after the war. During World War II, he served with the Royal Artillery as a staff officer at Fighter Command headquarters during the Battle of Britain, and later with the 14th Army in Burma and India. In the 1950s, he directed seven feature films, the most notable of which were Graham Greene's "The Heart of the Matter" with Trevor Howard, and the "Lord Mountdrago" sequence of "Three Cases of Murder," based on a story by Somerset Maugham and featuring Orson Welles and Alan Badel. Later in the decade, he returned to television as a freelance, directing several episodes of "Armchair Theatre," including an adaptation of Ibsen's "Ghosts.” Starting in 1959, he held a position for Anglia Television, moving in 1964 to ATV. After a 30-year career, he retired in 1967 to Spain. Born Edward George More O'Ferrall, he was educated at Beaumont College in old Windsor and the Central School of Dramatic Art, receiving the Dawson-Milward Cup for best actor. In 1924 he started touring England and France with Sir Phillip Ben Greets' Shakespeare Company from the West End; all this before venturing into television. He was highly awarded for his many achievements: the first Royal Television Society (RTS) Medal in 1948 for his two-part production of “Hamlet;” the RTS Baird Medal in 1964; and RTS Gold Medal in 1973. He was married and had four children.
Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine