Jeremy Summers

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Jeremy Summers
Born 18 August 1931
St Albans, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Died 14 December 2016(2016-12-14) (aged 85)
United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Film director, television director

Jeremy Summers (18 August 1931 – 14 December 2016) was a British television director and film director, best known for his directorship of ITC productions in the 1960s and 1970s, such as The Saint.


Born in St Albans in 1931, Summers was born into a family of theatrical tradition and his father Walter Summers (1896-1973) was a film director and screenwriter.

He directed nearly 50 different TV programmes between 1960 and 1999, including The Saint and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased).


Summers began directing in 1960 with a film Depth Charge, the screenplay of which he also wrote, but he immediately turned his attention to television and directed episodes of Desert Hi-Jack, Interpol Calling and four episodes of International Detective between 1960 and 1961.

A sequence of feature films followed, the Tony Hancock feature film vehicle The Punch and Judy Man, Crooks in Cloisters (1964) with Barbara Windsor, Dateline Diamonds (1965) starring William Lucas and Kenneth Cope[1] as well as the Gerry and the Pacemakers feature film Ferry Cross the Mersey (1965). Meanwhile, he continued in television with Man of the World and, in 1965, episodes of Court Martial, Gideon's Way and the film San Ferry Ann.

In 1966, Summers directed episodes of Danger Man; he also directed some 12 episodes of The Saint from 1964 to 1966. Episodes of The Saint that Summers filmed include "The Lawless Lady", "The Death Penalty" and "The Unkind Philanthropist" (1964), "The Abducters" (1965) and "The Man Who Liked Lions" (1966).

This was followed in 1967 by The Baron and several foreign films of that year The Vengeance of Fu Manchu, Five Golden Dragons and The House of 1,000 Dolls for Harry Alan Towers. He also directed an episode of Man in a Suitcase in 1968.

In 1969, still under contract with ITC, Summers directed a number of episodes of the popular series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), working with actors Mike Pratt, Kenneth Cope and Annette Andre.

In the 1970s, Summers directed two episodes of UFO and several of The Protectors, both being Gerry Anderson series.

In the 1990s he directed episodes of the television soap operas Coronation Street and Brookside before his retirement.


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