Francis Durbridge (1912-1998)

Death: 11th April 1998
Location: Putney Vale Cemetery and Crematorium, Wimbledon, London, England
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English playwright and author. After graduating from Birmingham University in 1933, he worked for a short time as a stockbroker's clerk, before selling a radio play, called Promotion, to the BBC at the age of 21.
In 1938, he created the character Paul Temple, a crime novelist and detective. Temple solved numerous crimes in the glamorous world of the leisured middle-classes, first on radio, then films and from 1969 until 1971 in a television series.  In addition to Paul Temple, Durbridge wrote other mysteries for radio and television as well as having a successful career as a writer for the stage, with seven plays, the last of which, Sweet Revenge, was written in 1991. He also wrote 43 novels, many of which were adapted from his scripts, sometimes with the help of others.