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Marcus Plantin

Producer, Director, Television Executive
23 October 1945 to 2 June 2023

A British television executive, director and producer, who made a name for himself creating many notable light entertainment shows and working at the top level of the UK’s commercial television in his 40-year career. Marcus Plantin started out at the BBC, going on to produce and direct the likes of The Generation Game (1978-1982), Wogan (1982-1984), The Two Ronnies (1983-1985) and Bob’s Full House (1984). He joined London Weekend Television in 1985, producing the likes of Blind Date, The Two of Us (1986-1989) and Live from Her Majesty’s (1987-1988), before becoming ITV’s first network director in 1992, overseeing the introduction of more weekly episodes of long-running soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale and securing the broadcast rights of the FA Cup and Formula 1 from the BBC. He then moved to Granada in 1997, until 2002, later working at UK indie September Films.