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Willis Hall (1929–2005)

Willis Hall was born on April 6, 1929 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England as Willis Edward Hall. He was a writer, known for Billy Liar (1963), A Kind of Loving (1962) and Whistle Down the Wind (1961). He was married to Valerie Shute, Dorothy Kingsmill, Jill Bennett and Kathleen May Cortens. He died on March 7, 2005 in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, England. See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »

Known For

Billy Liar Writer
(1963)
(1962)
(1961)
(1970-1972)

Filmography

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 1994 Moving Story (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Charlotte, Emma, Bamber & Anne (1994) ... (written by)
 1991 Perfect Scoundrels (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Grandmother's Footsteps (1991) ... (writer)
 1989 Long Ago and Far Away (TV Series) (adapted by - 1 episode)
- The Reluctant Dragon ... (adapted by)
  Worzel Gummidge Down Under (TV Series) (creator - 13 episodes, 1987 - 1989) (written by - 6 episodes, 1987)
- The Bestest Scarecrow (1989) ... (creator)
- Wattle Hearthbrush (1989) ... (creator)
- Aunt Sally, R.A. (1989) ... (creator)
- Runaway Train (1989) ... (creator)
- Dreams of Avarish (1989) ... (creator)
 1985 The Bright Side (TV Series) (writer - 5 episodes)
- A Little Bit of Chutzpah (1985) ... (writer)
- On the Move (1985) ... (writer)
- Stiffs (1985) ... (writer)
- Never Look a Gift Horse in the Eye (1985) ... (writer)
- Visiting Orders (1985) ... (writer)
 1984 Mitch (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- A Family Matter (1984) ... (writer)
 1984 The Road to 1984 (TV Movie)
 1983 Stan's Last Game (TV Movie) (writer)
 1982 Leute gibt's (TV Movie)
 1980-1982 Minder (TV Series) (written by - 4 episodes)
- Another Bride, Another Groom (1982) ... (written by)
- All About Scoring, Innit? (1980) ... (written by)
- The Beer Hunter (1980) ... (written by)
- National Pelmet (1980) ... (written by)
 1979-1981 Worzel Gummidge (TV Series) (writer - 30 episodes)
- Muvvers' Day (1981) ... (writer)
- Worzel's Birthday (1981) ... (writer)
- The Golden Hind (1981) ... (writer)
- Will the Real Aunty Sally...? (1981) ... (writer)
- Worzel in Revolt (1981) ... (writer)
 1981 Kinderfeestje (TV Movie) (writer)
 1981 Christmas Spirits (TV Movie)
 1979 The Danedyke Mystery (TV Series) (writer - 6 episodes)
- Episode #1.6 (1979) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.5 (1979) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.4 (1979) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... (writer)
 1979 Hazell (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Hazell Gets the Boot (1979) ... (writer)
 1978 Robin's Nest (TV Series) (by - 1 episode)
- Everything You Wish Yourself (1978) ... (by)
 1978 Kinderparty (TV Movie) (comedy)
 1978 BBC2 Play of the Week (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Mr. & Ms. Bureaucrat (1978) ... (writer)
 1978 Saturday Sunday Monday (TV Movie) (adaptation)
 1977 Secret Army (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- A Question of Loyalty (1977) ... (writer)
- Lisa - Codename Yvette (1977) ... (writer)
  The Fuzz (TV Series) (creator - 7 episodes, 1977) (writer - 7 episodes, 1977)
- Exits and Entrances (1977) ... (creator) / (writer)
- Coppers Under the Sun (1977) ... (creator) / (writer)
- Night Duties (1977) ... (creator) / (writer)
- Domestic Incident (1977) ... (creator) / (writer)
- Pending Further Enquiries (1977) ... (creator) / (writer)
  The Dick Emery Show (TV Series) (sketches written by - 2 episodes, 1977) (script - 1 episode, 1966)
- Episode #16.4 (1977) ... (sketches written by)
- Episode #16.3 (1977) ... (sketches written by)
- Episode #5.3 (1966) ... (script)
 1977 Let's Make a Musical (TV Series) (book of musical: The Card - 1 episode)
- The Card (1977) ... (book of musical: The Card)
 1977 Three Piece Suite (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Bitter Suite/Entrance Fee/Public Lives (1977) ... (writer: Public Lives)
- Hearts and Flowers/Screen Night/Briefer Encounter (1977) ... (writer: Briefer Encounter)
 1976 The Crezz (TV Series)
 1976 Red Letter Day (TV Series) (adaptation - 1 episode)
- Matchfit (1976) ... (adaptation)
  Rooms (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 1975) (written by - 2 episodes, 1975)
- Midgely: Part 2 (1975) ... (writer)
- Midgely: Part 1 (1975) ... (writer)
- Angela & Lionel: Part 2 (1975) ... (written by)
- Angela & Lionel (1975) ... (written by)
 1973-1974 Billy Liar (TV Series) (written by - 19 episodes)
- Billy and the Bedside Manner (1974) ... (written by)
- Billy and the New Life (1974) ... (written by)
- Billy and a Little Learning (1974) ... (written by)
- Billy and the Birthday Treat (1974) ... (written by)
- Billy and the Muse of Fire (1974) ... (written by)
 1974 2nd House (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- 45 Minutes Each Way (1974) ... (writer: Illegal Approach)
 1974 Village Hall (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Friendly Encounter (1974) ... (writer)
 1973 All Star Comedy Carnival (TV Special) (writer: "Billy Liar")
 1973 Between the Wars (TV Series) (1 episode)
  Our Kid (TV Series) (deviser - 1 episode, 1973) (writer - 1 episode, 1973)
- The Last of the All-Rounders (1973) ... (deviser)
- Three's Company (1973) ... (writer)
 1973 The Upper Crusts (TV Series) (writer - 6 episodes)
- Putting on the Ritz (1973) ... (writer)
- A Tradition of Service (1973) ... (writer)
- Sitting Pretty (1973) ... (writer)
- One Door Opens (1973) ... (writer)
- By Endeavour Alone (1973) ... (writer)
 1972-1973 Play for Today (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Song at Twilight (1973) ... (writer)
- The Villa Maroc (1972) ... (writer)
  Queenie's Castle (TV Series) (created and written by - 12 episodes, 1970 - 1971) (creator - 6 episodes, 1972)
- The Patter of Tiny Feet (1972) ... (creator)
- Mr Faintheart (1972) ... (creator)
- England Expects (1972) ... (creator)
- The One That Got Away (1972) ... (creator)
- New Broom (1972) ... (creator)
  Budgie (TV Series) (creator - 15 episodes, 1971 - 1972) (writer - 11 episodes, 1971)
- Run Rabbit, Run Rabbit, Run, Run, Run (1972) ... (creator - writer)
- Brief Encounter (1972) ... (creator - writer)
- The Man Outside (1972) ... (creator - writer)
- The Outside Man (1972) ... (creator - writer)
- King for a Day (1972) ... (creator - writer)
 1971-1972 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- They Don't All Open Men's Boutiques (1972) ... (writer)
- The Railwayman's New Clothes (1971) ... (writer)
 1971 Hallo, wer dort? (TV Movie) (play)
 1968-1970 Inside George Webley (TV Series) (writer - 12 episodes)
- The Light Is Dark Enough (1970) ... (writer)
- A Muse of Fire (1970) ... (writer)
- Brief Encounter (1970) ... (writer)
- A Lovesome Thing (1970) ... (writer)
- A Lean and Hungry Look (1970) ... (writer)
 1969 Lock Up Your Daughters! (writer)
 1968 According to Dora (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Creature Comforts (1968) ... (writer)
- Commerce and the Consumer (1968) ... (writer)
- Holidays and Leisure (1968) ... (writer)
- Love and Marriage (1968) ... (writer)
 1968 For Amusement Only (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Ticket (1968) ... (writer)
 1968 BBC Show of the Week (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Roy Hudd and Bill Haley & His Comets (1968) ... (writer)
 1967 A Matter of Innocence (screenplay)
 1966-1967 The Frost Report (TV Series) (writer - 27 episodes)
- Showbusiness (1967) ... (writer)
- Youth (1967) ... (writer)
- Europe (1967) ... (writer)
- Crime (1967) ... (writer)
- Transport (1967) ... (writer)
 1966 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Come Laughing Home (1966) ... (writer)
 1966 Torn Curtain (contributor to screenplay - uncredited)
 1966 Millicent (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1966)
 1965 BBC 3 (TV Series)
 1965 Love Story (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Squat Betty (1965) ... (writer)
 1965 A World of Comedy (TV Mini-Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- I'll Get It in a Minute (1965) ... (written by)
 1965 Thursday Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Celebration (1965) ... (writer)
 1965 Pilkahdus merta (TV Movie)
 1964 The Sponge Room (TV Movie) (play)
 1964 First Night (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- How Many Angels (1964) ... (writer)
- All Things Bright and Beautiful (1964) ... (writer)
 1964 Playdate (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Sponge Room (1964)
 1964 Drama 61-67 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Studio '64: The Happy Moorings (1964) ... (writer)
 1964 The Winston Affair (screenplay)
 1962-1963 That Was the Week That Was (TV Series) (writer - 37 episodes)
- That Was the Year That Was (1963) ... (writer)
- Episode #2.12 (1963) ... (writer)
- Episode #2.11 (1963) ... (writer)
- Episode #2.10 (1963) ... (writer)
 1963 Das Ende vom Lied (TV Movie) (play: The Long and the Short and the Tall)
 1963 Utenfor sesongen (TV Movie) (based on play)
 1963 West 11 (screenplay)
 1963 Billy Liar (play) / (screenplay)
 1963 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Sponge Room (1963)
 1963 Het grote begin (TV Movie) (play)
 1962 Suspense (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- On the Night of the Murder (1962) ... (writer)
 1962 A Kind of Loving (screenplay)
 1962 The Valiant (screenplay)
 1959-1961 Theatre Night (TV Series) (play - 3 episodes)
- Celebration (1961) ... (play)
- Billy Liar (1960) ... (play)
 1961 Whistle Down the Wind (screenplay)
 1961 Jungle Fighters (additional dialogue) / (play)
 1959-1960 Saturday Playhouse (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- The Larford Lad (1959)
 1960 Annual Outing (TV Movie)
 1960 Return to the Sea (TV Movie) (writer)
 1960 First Person (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Final at Furnell (1960) ... (teleplay)
 1959 Poet and Pheasant (TV Movie) (writer)
 1959 A Ride on the Donkeys (TV Movie)
 1959 A Glimpse of the Sea (TV Movie) (writer)
 1958 Air Mail from Cyprus (TV Movie)
 1958 Television Playwright (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1958 One Man Absent (TV Movie)
 1957 Final at Furnell (TV Short) (radio play)
 1957 The Claverdon Road Job (TV Movie)
 1957 The Royal Astrologers (TV Movie) (play)
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His stage adaptation of Keith Waterhouse's novel, "Billy Liar," was performed at the Golders Green Hippodrome in Golders Green, London, England and at the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton, England with Trevor Bannister (Grand only), Kenneth Farrington (Hippodrome only), Frank Pettitt, and Eileen Dale in the cast. See more »
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Prolific British playwright and screenwriter, often in collaboration with his childhood friend Keith Waterhouse. He was the son of a fitter in an engineering plant. His first job was in journalism after dropping out of school at the age of fourteen. He then joined the trawler crews sailing from Hull, and became a professional soldier. He took up writing plays while stationed in Malaya. He ... See more »

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