Great Scousers - Terence Feely
Born in Liverpool in 1928, Terence Feely is one of Liverpool's most famous writers; with a career in the arts spanning over 30 years, he's been an author, a journalist, a playwright but is most fondly remembered for his work as a screenwriter.

After graduating from the Liverpool Jesuit College, Feely had a brief stay in Middlesbrough before moving to London, where he joined the staff of The Sunday Graphic. During his down time, he began writing movie scripts, eventually catching the notice of Alfred Hitchcock, who bought the rights to his script Heartbeat in 1955.

His TV work soon superseded both his theatrical and cinematic ambitions as his scripts for spy shows, such as The Avengers and The Saint, became a success. By the mid-1960s, he served as story editor for ITV's Armchair Theatre and was integral in the success of the Edward Woodward thriller, Callan, which ran for 44 episodes.

By the end of the 1960s, he had joined Paramount Pictures, eventually becoming co-director of Everyman Films along with Patrick McGoohan and David Tomlin; writing several episode of the cult hit, The Prisoner, during his tenure.

By now, Feely was a big name in the world of TV screenwriting, contributing scripts to hit shows on both ITV and BBC - including a stint as a comedy writer on Robin's Nest - eventually creating his own show, The Gentle Touch, in 1984. The show was an immediate success and even had its own spin-off, C.A.T.S. Eyes. His final TV productions came in form of a string of TV movies, including 1989's The Lady and The Highwayman, featuring an early performance from Hugh Grant.

He retired from the business in the early 1990s and passed away in August 2000, aged 72.

Not bad for a Liverpool lad, eh?



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This story was added on 14th November 2012

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