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Tom Stoppard's pseudonymous telly work

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:10 pm
by George White
Reading about Kinda, I was reminded that the rumour Stoppard wrote Kinda stems from Tom Stoppard wrote for lots of TV shows under psueodnyms, and "that a popular BBC drama", he got his Imperialist frustrations out a bit too much, do we know what that series, or any suspicions of what it might have been... Are there any other Bailey-like mysterious men of UK TV we might think are Stoppard....He's never owned up apart from writing for Mrs. Dale's Diary. Any other telly we might think is by Stoppard under another name...

Re: Tom Stoppard's pseudonymous telly work

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:37 pm
by Mark
Just a slight correction, it was "Kinda" that Stoppard was wrongly rumoured to have been responsible for.

"Shada" was very much the work of the brilliant Douglas Adams.

Re: Tom Stoppard's pseudonymous telly work

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:32 am
by Simon36
Stoppard was also rumoured to be behind the Gerald Wiley pseudonym for The Two Ronnies, until Barker revealed it was him. Wasn't aware of Stoppard genuinely being suspected of anything else. I don't see why he'd have needed to; he was an excellent tv playwright who could have done plenty more of that with huge creative freedom had he been so inclined...

Re: Tom Stoppard's pseudonymous telly work

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:14 am
by George White
yes, getting my one word titles confused there. D'oh. Shows how much I've lapsed as a fan.

Re: Tom Stoppard's pseudonymous telly work

Posted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:02 pm
by Mark
Another name amazingly linked with the serial was Kate Bush!

Re: Tom Stoppard's pseudonymous telly work

Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:53 am
by George White
Any other things we think might have been written for the telly, uncredited by TS?

Re: Tom Stoppard's pseudonymous telly work

Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:34 pm
by ITMA
Simon36 wrote:Stoppard was also rumoured to be behind the Gerald Wiley pseudonym for The Two Ronnies
Frost on Sunday. Cat was well out of the bag by The Two Ronnies.