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Beryl Vertue  * Executive Producer

Beryl Vertue
Beryl Vertue
Executive Producer

As a former school friend of writer Alan Simpson, Beryl was invited to join the 'Associated London Scripts' (ALS), as a secretary. She later found that her job description had evolved, and was effectively the agent to numerous clients, including comedy writers Spike Milligan, Eric Sykes, Johnny Speight, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, and Terry Nation, famous as the creator of The Daleks in Doctor Who. It is said she was partly responsible for the negotiations that allowed Nation to retain his creation rights for the iconic alien enemies from the BBC. She on camera clients included Tony Hancock and Frankie Howerd.

In 1967 she joined the Stigwood Organisation, specialising in selling British television formats to America. Notable successes include Steptoe and Son, which became Sanford and Son in the US, and Til Death Us Do Part, which became All in the Family in the US.

In the 1980s she formed Hartswood Films which was first famous for its comedy productions, including Men Behaving Badly, Is It Legal? and Coupling. The latter was also produced by her daughter, Sue Vertue, and written by her son-in-law, Steven Moffat. Other dramas apart from Sherlock include Codename: Kyril, and Jekyll - another modern updating of classic literary material.

In early 2012, Beryl was the recipient of two awards for her work - the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Royal Television Society, and the Harvey Lee award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting at The Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.

She is the mother of Debbie Vertue and Sue Vertue.

She is mother-in-law of Steven Moffat, writer of 'Coupling' (2000).

She is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society and also in the RTS Hall of Fame.

Received the OBE for services to television in the 2000 New Year's Honours List. In 2004, BAFTA awarded her the 'Alan Clarke Award for Outstanding Creative Contribution to Television'.

  • 2011Coma Girl (Executive Producer)
  • 2010 - 2012Sherlock (TV series, Executive Producer)
  • 2008The Cup (TV series, Executive Producer - 6 episodes)
  • 2007Jekyll (TV series, Executive Producer - 6 episodes)
  • 2007Biffovision (TV movie, Executive Producer)
  • 2007The Lift (TV movie, Executive Producer)
  • 2006After Thomas (TV movie, Executive Producer)
  • 2005Supernova (TV series, Executive Producer)
  • 2004Carrie & Barry (TV series, Executive Producer - 1 episode)
  • 2000 - 2004Coupling (TV series, Executive Producer - 28 episodes)
  • 2003The Welsh Great Escape (TV movie, Producer)
  • 2003Coupling (TV series, Executive Producer - 1 episode)
  • 2001The Savages (TV series, Executive Producer - 6 episodes)
  • 2000The War Behind the Wire (TV series documentary, Producer)
  • 2000Border Cafe (TV mini-series, Executive Producer)
  • 1999Wonderful You (TV mini-series, Producer)
  • 1992 - 1998Men Behaving Badly (TV series, Producer - 42 episodes)
  • 1995 - 1998Is It Legal? (TV series, Producer - 21 episodes)
  • 1998Distress Signals (short, Producer)
  • 1998The Aviators (TV series, Producer - 1 episode)
  • 1998In Love with Elizabeth (TV documentary, Producer)
  • 1997Officers and Gentlemen (TV documentary, Producer)
  • 1995 - 1996My Good Friend (TV series, Producer - 14 episodes)
  • 1996Going to Chelsea (TV documentary, Producer)
  • 1995The English Wife (TV movie, Producer)
  • 1993A Woman's Guide to Adultery (TV series, Producer)
  • 1988Codename: Kyril (TV mini-series, Producer)
  • 1982Parole (TV movie, Producer)
  • 1979Charleston (TV movie, Producer)
  • 1978The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (TV series, Executive Producer - 7 episodes)
  • 1977The House in Nightmare Park (Executive Producer)
  • 1976Sparkle (Executive Producer)
  • 1976Almost Anything Goes (TV series, Executive Producer - 1 episode)
  • 1976The Entertainer (TV movie, Producer)
  • 1975Beacon Hill (TV series, Executive Producer)
  • 1975Tommy (Executive Producer)
  • 1974Cat and Mouse (TV movie, Executive Producer)
  • 1973Steptoe and Son (Executive Producer)
  • 1973And No One Could Save Her (TV movie, Executive Producer)
  • 1972Up the Front (Executive Producer)
  • 1971Till Death Us Do Part (Executive Producer)
  • 1971Up Pompeii (Executive Producer)
  • 1971Up the Chastity Belt (Executive Producer)
  • 1967The Plank (Executive Producer)