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Darrol Blake
Born (1937-05-15) 15 May 1937 (age 86)
Hayes, Middlesex, England
💼 Occupation
TV producer, director and production designer

Darrol Blake (born 15 May 1937) is a retired British television director, producer and production designer.


After becoming involved in a school production of Treasure Island at the age of 10, Blake immediately knew he wanted to become a director.[1] His first opportunity to work in the industry came during the school holidays when he would paint scenery for local theatre companies.[2]

Securing a job with the BBC in 1953, Blake started as a page boy at Lime Grove Studios, soon joining the Design Department. Initially, he worked in the print shop but also began to secure opportunities as a design assistant. This lead to working uncredited on the science-fiction serial Quatermass II.

Following this, Blake joined the Royal Air Force as part of his National Service. Upon returning to the BBC, he worked as a designer on many programmes including Crackerjack!, Comedy Playhouse and Adam Adamant Lives!,[1] as well as designing the original set for Blue Peter.


On occasions beginning in the mid-sixties, Blake began directing, initially for live shows such as the satirical BBC-3 and factual programmes. Wanted to go into drama, he went freelance in 1970 and ended up directing episodes of Paul Temple, Doomwatch, The Tomorrow People, Crossroads, Coronation Street, Doctor Who (The Stones of Blood (1978)), Crown Court, Triangle, Tucker's Luck (which he also produced), EastEnders, Emmerdale, Brookside and Family Affairs.

Although retiring from television in 2002, Blake remained involved in amateur dramatics in Barnes, Richmond upon Thames where he resides with his wife, the actress Anne Cunningham.[1] They met while while working on sitcom A World of His Own and have three daughters.[3]


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