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Christopher Gunning

5 August 1944 to 25 March 2023

A British composer, who worked across film and television in an award-winning career spanning 50 years. Christopher Gunning won four BAFTAs, three for Original Television Music for Porterhouse Blue (1987), Agatha Christie’s Poirot (1989-2004) and Middlemarch (1994), adding another for the film La Vie En Rose (2007). He was nominated again for Poirot in 1992 and also for Alan Bleasdale’s mini-series The Big Battalions (1992). A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he originally found success in advertising, before moving over to write music for film and television. Other notable works included Man About the House (1974), The Day of the Triffids (1981), Under Suspicion (1991), Catherine Cookson’s The Glass Virgin (1995), Cold Lazarus (1996), Firelight, Rebecca (both 1997), Rosemary & Thyme (2003-2006) and Grace of Monaco (2014).

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