Robert Banks Stewart, television writer, Died at 84

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Robert Banks Stewart was born on July 16, 1931, in Edinburgh and died on January 14, 2016.

He was a Scottish writer for television in the UK.

He was sometimes credited as Robert Stewart early in his career.

Mr. Stewart has contributed extensively to drama for the BBC and ITV for several decades.

Robert started writing as a journalist.

He worked for the city’s evening newspapers, where he became the youngest news editor in history for the Evening Dispatch.

At that stage, he spoke of ideas for television series.

After that became a story editor at Pinewood Studios.

He took a position as a scriptwriter from the end of the 1950s, Robert worked on such TV series as Danger Man, The Human Jungle, Top Secret and The Avengers, “The Master Minds” and “Quick-Quick Slow Death”.

Robert has also contributed a few scripts to the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series of second features for the cinema.

During his time served at Thames Television, he contributed scripts to the programmes Callan, Special Branch, The Sweeney and Owner Occupied.

And while he was with HTV, he wrote 5 episodes of Arthur of the Britons.

He wrote 2 popular serials for the BBC science-fiction series Doctor Who: Terror of the Zygons (1975) (which was set in his native Scotland and drew on the Loch Ness Monster legend) and The Seeds of Doom (1976) (which was influenced by classic science-fiction such as The Day of the Triffids, The Quatermass Experiment and The Thing from Another World).

Mr. Stewart continued working in television as a writer, script editor and producer, creating Shoestring (1979–80), which ran for two series on the BBC and following this up with the Jersey set detective drama series Bergerac (1981–91).

Robert later produced Hannay, 5 episodes, 1988), The Darling Buds of May (4 episodes), Lovejoy (10 episodes) and Call Me Mister.

Roberts’s final credit for television was for the adaptation of My Uncle Silas (2001–03) starring Albert Finney.

Mr. Robert Banks Stewart published his first novel, at 81 yrs old, a thriller entitled The Hurricane’s Tail, featuring a British detective called Detective Sergeant Harper Buchanan who uncovers a political plot against the prime minister of a Caribbean island.

It was formerly envisaged as a two-part TV series, but Stewart said he decided to turn it into a novel after “getting nowhere” with TV executives, which he associated to ageism.

Robert biography of working in the television industry To Put You in the Picture was published, in 2015

Robert Banks Stewart passed away at 84 yrs old due to cancer on January 14, 2016.