Nigel Kneale – creator of Quatermass as well as the first (and best) adapter of Nineteen Eighty-Four – has died. I think to call him the ‘godfather of television science fiction’ is an understatement – while Quatermass was undoubtedly influential in the development of later SF, including Doctor Who, Kneale’s work on that series was pioneering for all TV. He was one of the first British writers to understand that TV was a medium in its own right and that it could be used for more than just pointing a camera or two at a play on a stage.
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