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Adrian Malone obituary

Television producer behind landmark British television series on science

The producer Adrian Malone, who has died aged 78, wanted to make a history of science for television with the best talent he could find. The spur to do so came from seeing what Michael Gill’s series Civilisation (1969), presented by Kenneth Clark, had done for the story of art.

Adrian suggested that we work on it together, but we could not then interest our BBC2 masters in the idea. Our proposals lacked cohesion, so Adrian turned to Jacob Bronowski, a polymath already familiar to broadcasting audiences, to write and present the 13-part series. It took all Adrian’s persuasiveness to overcome the reservations of various BBC and scientific establishment figures and get the idea accepted.

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