For the last 30 years of the twentieth century, Jeremy Paul was an industrious television writer responsible for many series of well-crafted plays.
Between 1971 and 1975, he wrote fourteen episodes of Upstairs Downstairs and stayed in similar territory with the eight episodes of The Duchess of Duke Street he wrote in 1976 and 1977.
For many years, he was involved with Granada Television’s adaptations of Sherlock Holmes stories, starring Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke. In addition, he wrote a two-hander, The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, in which Brett and Hardwicke appeared in the West End in 1988. Although, in the view of Charles Spencer of The Daily Telegraph, the play “curled up and died”, it was revived at the Duchess last year.
Between 1992 and 1994, Paul scripted six episodes of Lovejoy, with Ian McShane playing the eponymous dodgy antiques dealer. Between 1997 and 1998, he contributed five episodes of the Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, starring Patricia Routledge as a pensioner turned private investigator.
Paul also provided the Orange Tree, a theatre above a pub in Richmond, Middlesex, with two of its greatest successes. They were an adult fairy tale, The Lady or the Tiger (1975), which transferred to the Fortune, and Scraps (1977), based on the Hans Christian Andersen story, The Little Match Girl, with music by Keith Strachan and additional lyrics by Leslie Stewart. After Roger Daltrey and Twiggy appeared in a television adaptation of the latter, Cliff Richard seized on one of the numbers, Mistletoe and Wine. He chose wisely. The song, which topped the charts for the whole of December 1988, sold 750,000 copies.
Jeremy Paul, who was born on July 29, 1939, died on May 3, aged 71.
Richard Anthony Baker