Gerald Savory

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Gerald Savory (17 November 1909 – 9 February 1996) was an English playwright and screenwriter specialising in comedies.

The son of actress Grace Lane (1877–1956),[1] he was educated at Bradfield College and worked as a stockbroker's clerk before turning to the stage (Hull Repertory Theatre Company 1931–33), first as an actor then a writer. His earliest work in the film industry was as a dialogue writer for director Alfred Hitchcock's Young and Innocent (1937).

He spent some time in the United States in the 1940s writing for film and television and became an American citizen. From 1964 to 1965 he was writer, producer and production manager for Granada Television, producing five episodes of ITV Play of the Week; adapting Saki, J.B. Priestley, Noël Coward and Tennessee Williams for television. He then joined the BBC, first as Head of Serials, then Head of Plays. He notably produced five episodes of the thoroughly panned Churchill's People (1975–76) and six of the eight episodes of Love in a Cold Climate for Thames Television in 1980.


  • It Pays To Advertise 1931
  • George and Margaret 1937[2] (377 performances in the West End, filmed in 1940)
  • Hand in Glove 1944 with Charles K. Freeman based on his own novel Hughie Roddis[3]
  • A Likely Tale 1957
  • A Month of Sundays 1957
  • So Many Children 1959
  • Cup and Saucer 1961
  • Twinkling of an Eye 1965


  • Hughie Roddis 1942
  • Behold This Dreamer 1943
  • Count Dracula 1977


  1. Obituary The Independent 7 March 1996
  2. Stevens, Christopher (2010). Born Brilliant: The Life Of Kenneth Williams. John Murray. p. 48. ISBN 1-84854-195-3. |access-date= requires |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. IBDB International Broadway Database - Gerald Savory