Kenneth Taylor (scriptwriter)

Kenneth Taylor (scriptwriter)

Kenneth Heywood Taylor, FRSA (2008) was born on 10 November 1922, the son of a Lancashire cotton mill owner in Bolton, Greater Manchester, UK. As Ken Taylor he has written the scripts for up to one hundred hours of television drama in a career spanning more than four decades. In 1964 "The Devil and John Brown" received the award as Best Original Teleplay from the Writers' Guild of Great Britain and in the same year Ken Taylor was acclaimed Writer of the Year by the Guild of Television Writers and Directors (later BAFTA) for his trilogy of television plays "The Seekers".

"The Jewel in the Crown", adapted from Paul Scott's "Raj Quartet" novels as a fifteen-hour mini-series, earned Ken Taylor an Emmy nomination in 1984 along with the award as Writer of the Year from the Royal Television Society, while his adaptation of Mary Wesley's "The Camomile Lawn" (1992) received a BAFTA nomination. His adaptation credits also include Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park", "The Melancholy Hussar" by Thomas Hardy, "The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd" by D. H. Lawrence, "The Birds Fall Down" by Rebecca West and "The Girls of Slender Means" by Muriel Spark.

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