Born in Morden on June 15, 1939, producer and director Alan Wallis began his directing career at Grampian Television in 1969, where he was responsible for a variety of programmes including a production of the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors and two successful pop music series. He later joined London Weekend Television as a staff director, working on several light entertainment shows such as Please Sir, The Fenn St Gang, Doctor in Charge, Doctor at Sea and The Rolf Harris Show, as well as the current affairs programmes Weekend World and London Bridge.
Wallis was responsible for many features for Aquarius, including reviewing provincial theatres with Humphrey Burton and An Actor’s Life for Me – a study of The Actors’ Company on tour with Sir Ian McKellen. Working for Platypus Films, he was particularly proud of his films of contemporary writers. More recently, Wallis masterminded political documentaries and examined the viability of introducing television cameras into the Houses of Parliament. His film on this topic was screened at a special Westminster showing for MPs the night before the crucial Commons’ vote to introduce the cameras. His output also included weekly political programmes, live daily magazine shows and the live output of flagship Six O’clock shows in a number of ITV regions.
Wallis died on February 19 in Brighton, aged 65, after being seriously ill for the last few months. He will be sadly missed by family and friends.
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