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Mollie Hardwick

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Author Mollie Hardwick wrote numerous plays, often based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, but is best known for penning ‘novelisations’ of classic British television shows.

Born in Manchester in 1915, she joined BBC Radio in the north west as an announcer in 1940 before working at the BBC Radio drama department in London from 1946 to 1962. She met and married writer Michael Hardwick in 1961 and together they wrote books and plays about Sherlock Holmes and eight books on Charles Dickens. In the seventies Hardwick wrote the novel adaptations of LWT’s hugely popular Upstairs Downstairs series, based on the original scripts, and later spin-off books for Juliet Bravo and The Duchess of Duke Street, as well as numerous radio and television plays. In 1986 she created Doran Fairweather, the antiques dealer turned sleuth in a popular series of detective novels.

She died after a fire in her flat in north London on December 13, 2003, aged 88. Her husband died in 1991 and she is survived by her son. Ê

Patrick Newley