Kenith Trodd

In 1968 Kenith Trodd founded Kestrel Films with Tony Garnett and Ken Loach to make plays for LWT, one of the first of which was Dennis Potter's Moonlight on the Highway. Trodd would go on to produce much of Potter's subsequent work, including Brimstone and Treacle, Pennies from Heaven, Blue Remembered Hills, and The Singing Detective. When the Kestrel contract was not renewed he transferred to the BBC to work on Play for Today, his first production being Roger Smith's The Operation with George Lazenby and Maurice Roëves in 1973. His association with the series continued until its end, taking in Roger Mahon's adaptation of Shadows on Our Skin (1980) and both of Stephen Poliakoff's contributions, Caught on a Train (1980) and Soft Targets (1982).

Of unswerving left-wing credentials, he also oversaw Jim Allen's United Kingdom, The Aerodrome (1983), and G.F.Newman's Billy (1979) and Here is the News (1989). Often the subject of the attention of Mary Whitehouse and her ilk, Trodd's work includes Michael Thomas' exceptionally rude adaptation of The McGuffin and - more recently - Simon Gray's Femme Fatale for BBC2's Screen Two, the sole raison d'être of which seemed to be unclothing the leading lady at every opportunity.

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[Biography as submitted for inclusion in The Guinness Book of Classic British TV (1996, 2nd edition), with minor corrections]

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