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Alan Bennett

  • May 09, 1934 (age 85)
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2015
The Lady in the Van
MovieSep 12, 2015

The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van tells the true story of Alan Bennett's …
The Lady in the Van tells the true story of Alan Bennett's strained friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd, an eccentric homeless woman whom Bennett befriended in the 1970s before allowing her temporarily to park her Bedford van in the driveway of his Camden home. She stayed there for 15 years. As the story develops Bennett learns that Miss Shepherd is really Margaret Fairchild (died 1989), a former gifted pupil of the pianist Alfred Cortot. She had played Chopin in a promenade concert, tried to become a nun, was committed to an institution by her brother, escaped, had an accident when her van was hit by a motorcyclist for which she believed herself to blame, and thereafter lived in fear of arrest.
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2013
Mouse and Mole at Christmas Time
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MovieDec 16, 2013

Mouse and Mole at Christmas Time

Animation telling of the …
Animation telling of the adventures of Mouse, Mole, Rat and Owl. Before giving a Twelfth Night party, Mouse makes a snow mole for Mole. In a dream, Snow mole takes him to a land where his ...
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Fifty Years on Stage
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MovieNov 2, 2013

Fifty Years on Stage

Royal National Theatre celebrates 50 years.
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2007
Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway and Off-Broadway
Nomination2007

Outstanding New York Theater: Broadwa…

Nominated for "The History Boys".
GLAAD Media Award
2006
The History Boys
MovieOct 2, 2006

The History Boys

An unruly class of gifted and charming teenage boys are …
An unruly class of gifted and charming teenage boys are taught by two eccentric and innovative teachers, as their headmaster pushes for them all to get accepted into Oxford or Cambridge.
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Best Play
Nomination2006

Best Play

Nominated for "The History Boys".
Tony Award
Best Play
Nomination2006

Best Play

Nominated for "The History Boys".
Tony Award
Outstanding Broadway Play
Nomination2006

Outstanding Broadway Play

Nominated for "The History Boys".
Outer Critics Circle Award
Nomination2006

Gay Men's Memoir/Biography

Nominated for "Untold Stories".
Lambda Literary Award
Outstanding Play
Nomination2006

Outstanding Play

Nominated for "The History Boys".
Drama Desk Award
Best Screenplay
Nomination2006

Best Screenplay

Nominated for "The History Boys".
British Independent Film Award
Nomination2006

Baillie Gifford Prize

Nominated for "Untold Stories".
Outstanding Play
Award2006

Outstanding Play

Won award for "The History Boys".
Drama Desk Award
Best Play
Award2006

Best Play

Won award for "The History Boys".
Tony Award
Best Play
Award2006

Best Play

Won award for "The History Boys".
Tony Award
Outstanding Broadway Play
Award2006

Outstanding Broadway Play

Won award for "The History Boys".
Outer Critics Circle Award
2005
Award2005

Society of London Theatre Special Award

Won Society of London Theatre Special Award.
Best New Play
Award2005

Best New Play

Won award for "The History Boys".
Laurence Olivier Award
Best New Play
Nomination2005

Best New Play

Nominated for "The History Boys".
Laurence Olivier Award
2003
Imagine
TV ShowJun 11, 2003

Imagine

Imagine is a wide-ranging arts series first broadcast on BBC …
Imagine is a wide-ranging arts series first broadcast on BBC One in 2003, hosted and executive produced by Alan Yentob. Each series usually consists of 4 to 7 episodes, each on a different topic. Episodes have been directed by, among others, Geoff Wonfor, Lucy Blakstead, Roger Parsons and Zoë Silver.
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Outstanding Off-Broadway Play
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Nomination2003

Outstanding Off-Broadway Play

Nominated for "Talking Heads".
Outer Critics Circle Award
Outstanding Play
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Nomination2003

Outstanding Play

Nominated for "Talking Heads".
Drama Desk Award
2002
Timeshift
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TV ShowOct 10, 2002

Timeshift

Series looking at changes in British society, employing archive …
Series looking at changes in British society, employing archive footage from the BBC and other sources.
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2000
Nomination2000

Best New Play

Nominated for "The Lady In The Van".
Laurence Olivier Award
1999
Best Single Drama
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Nomination1999

Best Single Drama

Nominated for "Talking Heads".
British Academy Television Award
1997
A Dance to the Music of Time
TV ShowOct 9, 1997

A Dance to the Music of Time

The television series A …
The television series A Dance To The Music Of Time tells the story of two Englishmen navigating the wild cultural changes of English society between the 1920s and the post-war years. The series chronicles the decades-long friendship of Kenneth Widmerpool (Simon Russel Beale) and Nicholas Jenkins (James Purefoy) and each man's struggles with romance, adultery, war, marriage, divorce, and career ambition during some of England's most tumultuous years of the twentieth century. Claire Skinner, Emma Fielding, and Miranda Richardson play the women involved with Widmerpool and Jenkins. Gillian Barge plays Mrs. Erdleigh and Nicholas Jones plays Bob Duport. The plot begins in a school in the 1920s where Kenneth Widmerpool, a target for ridicule from schoolmates, meets Nicholas Jenkins, a philandering womanizer. The story flashes forward into the thirties where the two friends deal with problems in their marriages while experimenting with wild living in Britain's rising bohemian culture. All the while the dark clouds of war loom as Hitler's Nazi regime begins to gain power in Germany. Emmy-winner Christopher Moraff shares the director's chair with Alvin Rakoff. The Emmy-winning screenwriter for the series, Hugh Whitemore, is known for his expertise in English history and adds a knowledgeable depth to A Dance To The Music Of Time. The series was released in 1997 in four two-hour segments. Simon Russell Beale won three Best Actor awards (BAFTA TV Award, RTS Television Award, Broadcasting Press Guild Award) for his performance as Kenneth Widmerpool. Miranda Richardson was nominated twice for Best Actress for her role as Pamela Flitton. The series was also nominated for Best Costume Design, Best Design, and Best Makeup/Hair.
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1996
The Willows in Winter
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MovieDec 26, 1996

The Willows in Winter

Mole disappears while …
Mole disappears while answering what he thinks is an urgent summons from Rat, forcing Badger to enlist Toad and his new airplane in a frantic search party.
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In Love and War
MovieDec 18, 1996

In Love and War

Reporter Ernest Hemingway is an ambulance driver in Italy …
Reporter Ernest Hemingway is an ambulance driver in Italy during World War I. While bravely risking his life in the line of duty, he is injured and ends up in the hospital, where he falls in love with his nurse, Agnes von Kurowsky.
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Best Adapted Screenplay
Nomination1996

Best Adapted Screenplay

Nominated for "The Madness of King George".
BAFTA Award
1995
Best Adapted Screenplay
Nomination1995

Best Adapted Screenplay

Nominated for "The Madness of King George".
Writers Guild of America Award
Best Adapted Screenplay
Nomination1995

Best Adapted Screenplay

Nominated for "The Madness of King George".
BAFTA Award
1994
The Madness of King George
MovieDec 28, 1994

The Madness of King George

The story of King George III …
The story of King George III of England's slide into insanity, and the political and royal back stabbing which results from his incapacitation. Despite being very amusing at times, this is a sad tale of medical practices in the later 1700s as well as an insight into life inside and around the royaly of the time.
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Best Adapted Screenplay
Nomination1994

Best Adapted Screenplay

Nominated for "The Madness of King George".
Academy Award
1992
Nomination1992

Best Single Drama

Nominated for "Screen Two".
British Academy Television Award
Nomination1992

Best Single Drama

Nominated for "Screen One".
British Academy Television Award
Best Actor in a Musical
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Nomination1992

Best Actor in a Musical

Nominated for "Talking Heads".
Laurence Olivier Award
Best Entertainment
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Nomination1992

Best Entertainment

Nominated for "Talking Heads".
Laurence Olivier Award
Nomination1992

Best New Play

Nominated for "The Madness of George III".
Laurence Olivier Award
Award1992

Best Single Drama

Won award for "Screen One".
British Academy Television Award
Best Actor in a Musical
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Award1992

Best Actor in a Musical

Won award for "Talking Heads".
Laurence Olivier Award
Best Entertainment
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Award1992

Best Entertainment

Won award for "Talking Heads".
Laurence Olivier Award
1991
Ashenden
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TV ShowNov 17, 1991

Ashenden

Ashenden is a BBC1's four part TV series based on the spy …
Ashenden is a BBC1's four part TV series based on the spy novel, Ashenden: Or the British Agent, by W. Somerset Maugham, that aired from 17 November to 8 December 1991, directed by Christopher Morahan, with Alex Jennings in the title role, Joss Ackland as Cumming, Ian Bannen as 'R' and Jason Isaacs as Andrew Lehman. Guest actors included Harriet Walter as Giulia Lazzari in the first episode, Alan Bennett as Grantly Caypor in the second, René Auberjonois as John Quincy Harrington in the third, with Elizabeth McGovern as Aileen Sommerville and Alfred Molina as Carmona, the titular character, in the final story. A framing device at the start of each episode shows progressively more of an aged Ashenden living in France in the mid-1960s, reacting adversely to a piece of music on the radio. The final episode – which gives the context to this section – closes with a return to this "future" setting.
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A Question of Attribution
MovieOct 20, 1991

A Question of Attribution

A Question of Attribution is a …
A Question of Attribution is a 1988 one-act stage play, written by Alan Bennett. It was premièred at the National Theatre, London, in December 1988, along with the stage version of An Englishman Abroad. The two plays are collectively called Single Spies.
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Charlie Rose
TV ShowSep 30, 1991

Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose is an American television interview and talk …
Charlie Rose is an American television interview and talk show, with Charlie Rose as executive producer, executive editor, and host. The show was syndicated on PBS until 2017 and is owned by Charlie Rose, Inc. Rose interviewed thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, businesspersons, leaders, scientists, and fellow newsmakers.
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1990
Award1990

Best New Comedy

Won award for "Single Spies".
Laurence Olivier Award
Nomination1990

Best New Comedy

Nominated for "Single Spies".
Laurence Olivier Award
1989
Best Single Drama
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Nomination1989

Best Single Drama

Nominated for "Talking Heads".
British Academy Television Award
Best Drama Series
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Nomination1989

Best Drama Series

Nominated for "Talking Heads".
British Academy Television Award
Best Actor
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Nomination1989

Best Actor

Nominated for "Talking Heads".
British Academy Television Award
1988
Talking Heads
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TV ShowApr 19, 1988

Talking Heads

Talking Heads is a series of dramatic monologues written …
Talking Heads is a series of dramatic monologues written for BBC television by British playwright Alan Bennett. The two series were first broadcast in 1988 and 1998, and have since been broadcast on BBC Radio and included on the A-level and GCSE English Literature syllabus.
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Best Adapted Screenplay
Nomination1988

Best Adapted Screenplay

Nominated for "Prick Up Your Ears".
BAFTA Award
1987
Little Dorrit
MovieDec 11, 1987

Little Dorrit

Arthur Clennam returns to London after working abroad for …
Arthur Clennam returns to London after working abroad for many years with his now deceased father. Almost at once he becomes involved in the problems of his mother's seamstress Amy Dorrit ...
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Fortunes of War
TV ShowOct 11, 1987

Fortunes of War

Fortunes of War is a 1987 BBC television adaptation of Olivia …
Fortunes of War is a 1987 BBC television adaptation of Olivia Manning's cycle of novels Fortunes of War. It stars Kenneth Branagh as Guy Pringle, lecturer in English Literature in Bucharest during the early part of the Second World War, and Emma Thompson as his wife Harriet. Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson met filming the TV series and married in real life. Other cast members included Ronald Pickup, Robert Stephens, Alan Bennett, Philip Madoc and Rupert Graves. The series stays relatively faithful to the original novels, with no notable departures from their plot.
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The Wind in the Willows
MovieJul 5, 1987

The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows …
The Wind in the Willows (released in the United States as Mr Toad's Wild Ride) is a 1996 British children's comedy film written and directed by Terry Jones, and produced by Jake Eberts and John Goldstone. The film stars Steve Coogan, Eric Idle and Terry Jones. The film was released in the United Kingdom on 18 October 1996. The film is based on Kenneth Grahame's novel The Wind in the Willows.
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Prick Up Your Ears
MovieApr 17, 1987

Prick Up Your Ears

This film is the story of the spectacular life and violent …
This film is the story of the spectacular life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton. In his teens, Orton is befriended by the older, more reserved Kenneth Halliwell, and while ...
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Best Adapted Screenplay
Nomination1987

Best Adapted Screenplay

Nominated for "Prick Up Your Ears".
BAFTA Award
Screenwriter of the Year
Award1987

Screenwriter of the Year

Won award for "Prick Up Your Ears".
London Film Critics Circle Award
1985
Dreamchild
MovieOct 4, 1985

Dreamchild

Exploring the somewhat darker and more mysterious side of the …
Exploring the somewhat darker and more mysterious side of the Lewis Carroll's classic book, the movie follows Alice Liddell (the book's inspiration) as an old woman who is haunted by the ...
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Best Original Screenplay
Nomination1985

Best Original Screenplay

Nominated for "A Private Function".
BAFTA Award
Screenwriter of the Year
Award1985

Screenwriter of the Year

Won award for "A Private Function".
London Film Critics Circle Award
1984
A Private Function
MovieNov 9, 1984

A Private Function

1947 in a small town in England. The war has been won two …
1947 in a small town in England. The war has been won two years ago, but there's still rationing of meat. When princess Elizabeth is going to marry, a group of businessmen wants to impress (or probably bribe) the local government by giving a big party. They want to slaughter an illegally raised pig for this event. Unfortunately someone steals the pig.
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Best Original Screenplay
Nomination1984

Best Original Screenplay

Nominated for "A Private Function".
BAFTA Award
1983
An Englishman Abroad
MovieNov 29, 1983

An Englishman Abroad

Actress Coral Browne travels to Moscow, and meets a …
Actress Coral Browne travels to Moscow, and meets a mysterious Englishman. Turns out he's the notorious spy, Guy Burgess. Based on a true story, with Ms. Browne playing herself.
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1982
The Merry Wives of Windsor
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MovieDec 27, 1982

The Merry Wives of Windsor

When Sir John Falstaff …
When Sir John Falstaff decides that he wants to have a little fun he writes two letters to a pair of Window wives: Mistress Ford and Mistress Page. When they put their heads together and ...
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1979
Afternoon Off
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MovieFeb 3, 1979

Afternoon Off

Lee, a Chinese man, works as a waiter in a hotel in England, …
Lee, a Chinese man, works as a waiter in a hotel in England, despite speaking very little English. Told that a girl called Iris might be interested in him, on his afternoon off work he buys a box of chocolates and sets off to find her.
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1978
Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf
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MovieDec 2, 1978

Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf

A repressed night-school …
A repressed night-school teacher, secretly homosexual, struggles to cope with his demanding, eccentric mother.
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Long Shot
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MovieNov 1, 1978

Long Shot

Long Shot released.
The South Bank Show
TV ShowJan 14, 1978

The South Bank Show

The South Bank Show is a British television arts magazine …
The South Bank Show is a British television arts magazine show. It was originally produced by London Weekend Television and broadcast on ITV between 1978 and 2010. A new version of the series began on Sky Arts from 27 May 2012. Conceived, written and presented by former BBC arts broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, the show aims to bring both high art and popular culture to a mass audience.
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1976
Pleasure at Her Majesty's
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MovieDec 29, 1976

Pleasure at Her Majesty's

Pleasure At Her Majesty's …
Pleasure At Her Majesty's (1976) The very first show in what came to be called the "Secret Policeman's Ball" series took place over three late nights in April 1976 at Her Majesty's Theatre ...
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1972
A Day Out
MovieDec 24, 1972

A Day Out

A Day Out - Alan Bennett's debut play for television follows the …
A Day Out - Alan Bennett's debut play for television follows the members of a Halifax cycling club, on an outing from Halifax to the ruins of Fountains Abbey. Set in the summer of 1911 and projects an idyllic vision of Edwardian England .
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1971
Parkinson
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TV ShowJun 19, 1971

Parkinson

Parkinson is a British television chat show that was …
Parkinson is a British television chat show that was presented by Michael Parkinson. It was first shown on BBC1 from 19 June 1971 to 10 April 1982 and 9 January 1998 to 24 April 2004. Parkinson then switched to ITV on which the show continued from 4 September 2004 to 22 December 2007. A series entitled Parkinson One to One was produced by Yorkshire Television from 28 March 1987 to 23 July 1988.
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1968
Nomination1968

Best Entertainment Performance

Nominated for British …
Nominated for British Academy Television Award for Best Entertainment Performance.
British Academy Television Award
Award1968

Best Entertainment Performance

Won British Academy …
Won British Academy Television Award for Best Entertainment Performance.
British Academy Television Award
1967
Omnibus
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TV ShowOct 13, 1967

Omnibus

Omnibus is an arts-based British documentary series, …
Omnibus is an arts-based British documentary series, broadcast mainly on BBC1 in the United Kingdom. The programme was the successor to the long-running arts-based series Monitor. It ran from 1967 until 2003, usually being transmitted on Sunday evenings. During its 35-year history, the programme won 12 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards.
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1966
Alice in Wonderland
MovieDec 28, 1966

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland (1966) is a BBC television play, shot on …
Alice in Wonderland (1966) is a BBC television play, shot on film, based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. It was directed by Jonathan Miller, then best known for his appearance in the satirical revue Beyond the Fringe.
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On the Margin
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TV ShowNov 9, 1966

On the Margin

On the Margin was a British satirical comedy sketch show …
On the Margin was a British satirical comedy sketch show written and performed by Alan Bennett and a regular cast including John Sergeant, Virginia Stride, Madge Hindle and Yvonne Gilan. Guest performers included John Fortune and Jonathan Miller. The show also featured songs and poems by John Betjeman and Philip Larkin.
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1965
My Father Knew Lloyd George
MovieDec 18, 1965

My Father Knew Lloyd George

My Father Knew Lloyd George released.
1964
Not Only... But Also
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TV ShowNov 29, 1964

Not Only... But Also

Not Only...But Also, most famously showcased Peter Cook and …
Not Only...But Also, most famously showcased Peter Cook and Dudley Moore in there so-called 'Dagenham dialogues' in which Pete (a nasal know-all who has utter confidence in his surreal and ...
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1963
Award1963

Special Tony Award

Won award for "Beyond the Fringe".
1962
The Saint
TV ShowOct 4, 1962

The Saint

The Saint is a British ITC mystery spy thriller television series …
The Saint is a British ITC mystery spy thriller television series that aired in the United Kingdom on ITV between 1962 and 1969. It was based on the literary character Simon Templar created by Leslie Charteris in the 1920s and featured in many novels over the years. He was played by Roger Moore. Templar helps those whom conventional agencies are powerless or unwilling to protect, often using methods that skirt the law. Chief Inspector Claud Eustace Teal is his nominal nemesis who considers Templar a common criminal, but often grudgingly tolerates his actions for the greater good.
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Nomination1962

Best Comedy Album

Nominated for "Beyond the Fringe".
Grammy Award
1956
Camera Three
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TV ShowJan 22, 1956

Camera Three

Camera Three was an American anthology series devoted to …
Camera Three was an American anthology series devoted to the arts. It ran on CBS from January 22, 1956, to January 21, 1979, and moved to PBS in its final year to make way for the then-new CBS News Sunday Morning. The PBS version ran from October 4, 1979, to July 10, 1980.
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1950
What's My Line?
TV ShowFeb 2, 1950

What's My Line?

What's My Line? is a panel game show that originally ran in the …
What's My Line? is a panel game show that originally ran in the United States on the CBS Television Network from 1950 to 1967, with a dozen international versions and subsequent U.S. revivals. The game uses celebrity panelists to question contestants in order to determine their occupation, i.e., "line [of work]," with panelists being called on to identify a weekly celebrity "mystery guest" while blindfolded. It is the longest-running U.S. primetime network television game-show. Moderated by John Charles Daly and with regular panelists Dorothy Kilgallen, Arlene Francis, and Bennett Cerf, What's My Line? won three Emmy Awards for "Best Quiz or Audience Participation Show" in 1952, 1953, and 1958 and the Golden Globe for Best TV Show in 1962.
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1934
Alan Bennett
BirthMay 1934

Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett was born.
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