by Edward Taylor
13 March – 22 Apr 2023

Edward Taylor

Edward Taylor grew up in Southend, Essex, where he acquired his love of the sea. He has aimed to be in it or on it as often as possible.

Originally intending to pursue a career as an actor, he wrote and performed in the Cambridge University Footlights Revue of 1955 which played in London with great success. He was then invited to join the BBC as a writer-producer on a twelve-month contract. He accepted, and stayed for thirty-six years.

Edward’s 3,214 productions have included many of the BBC’s classic series, broadcast around the world among them: Just a Minute, Round the Horne, I’m Sorry - I’ll Read That Again, Does the Team Think and Dr. Finlay’s Casebook. He also wrote scripts for Morecambe and Wise, Arthur Askey, Harry Worth, The Two Ronnies, and others.

His two activities combined when he created, wrote and produced The Men From the Ministry, which ran on the BBC for fifteen years, and is still enjoyed overseas.

In 1992, Taylor wrote the stage thriller Murder by Misadventure that appeared at the Vaudeville Theatre and then the Whitehall Theatre in London’s West End. The play starred Gerard Harper as Harold and William Gaunt as Riggs as a pair of television crime writers, one of whom wishes to end the partnership.

When not writing, Ted has enjoyed wasting time following cricket and loafing in the garden!