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Christopher Neame obituary

Producer and writer behind a string of popular TV series

The producer Christopher Neame, who has died of an aneurysm aged 68, found his greatest success in television, making popular series such as Danger Uxb (1979), about a second world war bomb-disposal unit; The Flame Trees of Thika (1981), adapted from Elspeth Huxley's book about British settlers in Kenya; The Irish Rm (1983-85); and Soldier Soldier (1991-97).

His father, Ronald Neame, was a director and cinematographer who co-produced and co-wrote Brief Encounter and Great Expectations for David Lean. Ronald's father, Elwin, was a director who worked in silent films, as did Elwin's wife, the actor Ivy Close. Noël Coward was Christopher's godfather.

Inevitably, Neame grew up immersed in the film business. Born in Windsor, Berkshire, he attended the King's school, Canterbury, but spent much of his time at Pinewood studios, where his father worked. He regularly rubbed shoulders with the stars – on

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