TV Director David Giles passes away


Television director David Giles who produced episodes of Compact, Crossroads, Miss Marple and The Darling Buds of May, as well as directing several Shakespeare plays, has passed away.


David Giles whose directing credits ranged from Crossroads to Shakespeare has passed away. David Giles directed many episodes of the Peter Ling/Hazel Adair soaps Compact and Crossroads. Compact was a BBC soap in the early 1960s and revolved around a woman’s magazine and was designed to recapture the success the BBC enjoyed with The Grove Family in the 1950s but despite its strong ratings the BBC axed it after only a few years – the corporation were already looking for a successor to the soap.



However, by this point Hazel Adair and Peter Ling were working together on a new soap for ATV with the working title of The Midland Road – it later switched names to Crossroads because Adair preferred a name beginning with C because of the success she had with compact. Indeed Crossroads became a big success with its first ten years being produced by Reg Watson who left ATV to return to his native Australia where he created The Young Doctors, Prisoner Cell Block H and Neighbours.


However, despite long spells directing episodes of Crossroads Giles has a wide range of credits to his name. He directed many Shakespeare plays for the BBC in the hope of showing every play written by the Tudor playwright on the BBC. His other credits include The First Churchill’s, The Strauss Family, The Barchester Chronicles, Miss Marple and The Darling Buds of May in the early 1990s. He also directed stage plays working with actors such as Ian McKellen. 



He passed away in January.