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Hazel Adair

Writer, Producer, Actress
9 July 1920 to 23 November 2015

A British writer, producer and actress who was best known for creating Crossroads (1964-1988) Adair also created Britain’s first daily soap, Sixpenny Corner (1955-1956), and Compact (1962-1965), the first British serial to feature a regular black character. She began her career as an actress and her other writing credits included Emergency-Ward 10 (1957). Hazel was was a founder member of The Writers' Guild and as the Chair called a six week strike against Lew Grade, after which British writers recieved minimum wages and royalties.

She also wrote and produced many films including co-writing Dentist On The Job (1961) with Bob Monkhouse and producing Virgin Witch (1972), Keep It Up Downstairs (1976) with Diana Dors and Willie Rushton, Game for Vultures (1979)  with Richard Harris and Joan Collins.

Read Hazel Adair's Writers' Guild obituary here

Read Hazel Adair's Guardian obituary here