Nigel Kneale was an acclaimed writer who won the Somerset Maugham Award for his short story collection Tomato Cain and Other Stories (1949). However, he is probably best known for his 'Quatermass' trilogy of science fiction BBC television serials starring the titular Professor - The Quatermass Experiment (1953), Quatermass II (1955) and Quatermass and the Pit (1958-59). In 1979, ITV brought Professor Quatermass back in Quatermass, and in 2005 BBC Four remade The Quatermass Experiment starring Jason Flemyng with Mark Gatiss and David Tennant. A five-part radio serial, The Quatermass Memoirs, was broadcast in 1996. Among Kneale's other renowned television productions are The Year of the Sex Olympics (1968) and The Stone Tape (1972). He also adapted two John Osborne plays, The Entertainer and Look Back in Anger, as film screenplays - both of which garnered him BAFTA nominations. Nigel Kneale died in 2006, aged 84.
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