Film and TV writer, Ray Jenkins, has died aged 87.

The  TV, radio and film dramatist wrote for numerous highly acclaimed British police and justice-related drama series from 1960s through to 1980s, including Z Cars, The Brothers, This Man Craig, Callan, The Sweeney, Special Branch, Juliet Bravo, Gentle Touch, The Chief and The Brief.

Jenkins also adapted Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White starring Ian Richardson and Jenny Seagrove, for BBC Television and Tom Hart’s novel The Aura and The Kingfisher as The Innocent for the silver screen, starring Liam Neeson and Miranda Richardson with cinematography by Roger Deakins.

Ray Jenkins leaves behind a huge contribution to both television and radio drama spanning a writing career of over 40 years. In addition, he wrote drama scripts for education, notably Five Green Bottles and The Whole Truth, still widely used today and he continued to teach scriptwriting both nationally and internationally into his 70s. He also served as Chair of the Writers’ Guild.

Picture: courtesy of Ray Jenkins’ family

Jon Creamer

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