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Verity Ann Lambert Net Worth

Verity Ann Lambert Net Worth is
$6 Million

Verity Ann Lambert Biography

Verity Ann Lambert OBE (27 November 1935 – 22 November 2007) was an English television and film producer. She was the founding producer of the science-fiction series Doctor Who, a programme that has become a part of British popular culture; and she had a long association with Thames Television. Her many credits include Adam Adamant Lives!, The Naked Civil Servant, Rock Follies, Minder, Widows, G.B.H., Jonathan Creek and Love Soup.Lambert began working in television in the 1950s and continued to work as a producer until the year she died. After leaving the BBC in 1969, she worked for other television companies, notably Thames Television and its Euston Films offshoot in the 1970s and '80s. She also worked in the film industry, for Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment. From 1985, she ran her own production company, Cinema Verity.The British Film Institute's Screenonline website describes Lambert as "one of those producers who can often create a fascinating small screen universe from a slim script and half-a-dozen congenial players."Women were rarely television producers in Britain at the beginning of Lambert's career. When she was appointed to Doctor Who in 1963, she was the youngest producer, and only female drama producer, working at the BBC. The website of the Museum of Broadcast Communications hails her as "not only one of Britain's leading businesswomen, but possibly the most powerful member of the nation's entertainment industry ... Lambert has served as a symbol of the advances won by women in the media". She died the day before the 44th anniversary of the first showing of Doctor Who.

Quick Facts

Full NameVerity Lambert
Date Of BirthNovember 27, 1935
Died2007-11-22
Place Of BirthHampstead, London, England, UK
ProfessionProducer, Miscellaneous Crew
EducationUniversity of Paris, Roedean School
NationalityEnglish
SpouseColin Bucksey
Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/?curid=190216
AwardsBritish Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series, British Academy Television Alan Clarke Award, AACTA Award for Best Film
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series, British Academy Television Award for Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme, Australian Film Institute Award for Best Episode in a Television Drama Series
MoviesEvil Angels, The Flame Trees of Thika, Saigon—Year of the Cat, Heavy Weather, American Roulette, After Loch Lomond, Achilles Heel, Comics, Temp, The Norman Conquests: Table Manners, Running Late, Doctor Who: The Crusade, The Norman Conquests: Living Together, The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden
TV ShowsMinder, G.B.H.
Star SignSagittarius


Interesting Facts

#Fact
1She was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of her outstanding contribution to television culture.
2Producer, BBC TV 1963-1974; Controller, Drama Department, Thames TV 1974-1976, Director of Drama 1981-1982, director 1982-1985; Chief Executive, Euston Films 1979-1983; Director of Production, Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment 1982-1985; Director, Cinema Verity Productions 1985-2007.
3She was due to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Women in Film and Television Awards in December 2007 but died a few weeks before the award could be presented to her. It was awarded posthumously on 7th December 2007.
4In the Doctor Who episode Doctor Who: The Family of Blood (2007), a character mentions that his parents were called Verity and Sydney. This is a tribute to Verity Lambert, the first producer of the original series Doctor Who (1963), and Sydney Newman, the Head of Drama at the BBC who gave her this job.
5She worked as a Production Secretary at ABC TV, Didsbury, Manchester, UK, around 1960, working with a young Canadian Director called Ted Kotcheff.
6Was chosen by BBC Head of Drama Sydney Newman, to be the first producer of cult TV series Doctor Who (1963). She had previously worked with Newman, as a production secretary on Armchair Theatre at ABC.
7She was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the order of the British Empire) in January 2002 in recognition of her services to film and television.


Quotes

#Quote
1[on Doctor Who (2005)] Nowadays they do do a few historical ones which are rather nice and work very well.
2[on the Jon Pertwee era] I think the whole thing about Doctor Who (1963) and one of the reasons why kids really responded to him, he was completely anti-establishment. And they could actually relate to the fact that he was anti-authoritarian, he went his own way, and once I think they went on to the fact that people started asking his advice from the government, I just thought it was a mistake, a real mistake.
3He (David Tennant) has a huge amount of charm. He is very good at comedy. He was wonderful in Casanova (2005). A great thing about Christopher Eccleston was that I absolutely believed that he believed in it. David Tennant will be able to continue with that, and it is terribly important. The thing about Doctor Who (1963) when it was coming to an end was that somehow it had lost its way and seemed to be a parody of itself, and the audience doesn't like that. You must believe in it and play it for real. If you don't do that how can you expect anyone else to? Doctor Who (2005) is not a joke and you mustn't make it like that.
4I am very happy to say I think they have done a great job. It's really good. I do think it was a very difficult thing to do and that they have been very brave with it. To start a programme that has such a fan base - everyone has an opinion on what they think it should be like, is not easy, but they have pulled it off. It has a little bit of what it used to be, but is something for today, which is how it should be. (On Doctor Who (2005))
5I loved the Cybermen. And I watched a bit of Jon Pertwee, but it got a bit too establishment at that point for me. I did watch some of Tom Baker, because for me, obviously after William Hartnell, he was the closest. He had that unpredictability and sense of danger. I think that's inherent with Tom Baker as a person, but it was very good for the character as well. I love Peter Davison as an actor, and I liked him as that urbane, cricketer, but, to me, the older ones are better. Tom Baker was quite young, but he's an old soul, somehow. He gave it weight. Peter Davison and Colin Baker were almost too young, too attractive, and too lovely. Then, I'm afraid, it went right down the pan for me. The thing about Doctor Who (1963) is you've got to believe it. You've got to be able to suspend your disbelief, and with Sylvester McCoy it got so camp. It was ridiculous, and I think that's why people stopped watching it.
6We were faced with studio D at Lime Grove, which, far from being state of the art, wasn't even contemporary. There were no lighting consoles, and it had old-fashioned cameras where the picture would peel off if you got too close. It was like going back to the Ark. But it was appropriate, seeing as we were doing a story about prehistoric men!
7I had a director called Rex Tucker, who was very 'old' BBC. He would pat me on the head and say, 'don't worry about a thing, dear'. We didn't get on at all. He was quite polite to me, but I knew he couldn't bear me, and the feeling was mutual.
8I got Waris Hussein, which was hugely lucky. He was young, and a bit po-faced about Doctor Who (1963) at first, but he very quickly saw that there was incredible potential for a director. We didn't have the sort of format that any other running serial had. Every time we changed the serial, we made our own rules. It was very creative for directors; if they wanted to be creative within the £2,000 a week budget we had, they had the opportunity. The costume designers, too, were so creative and clever within a very restrictive budget. Marco Polo was wonderful. It's so sad that it's gone. What we achieved within that ludicrous budget was incredible.
9Donald Wilson absolutely hated the first Dalek story. The BBC had committed to do the show for a year. But, at the same time, there were various cut-off points, and a feeling that it wouldn't last that long, especially after the first serial, which wasn't an ideal one. After that, we had a bit of a problem, because Marco Polo was our next historical story, but John Lucarotti hadn't finished writing it. The only serial we had that was finished was The Daleks, which David Whitaker had commissioned from Terry Nation. We thought it was great, but Donald called us in and said it was absolutely appalling and we weren't to do it. We said there was a problem, because we didn't have another serial ready, so he said that we should put it on, but that would be the end of Doctor Who (1963). He told David to write a two-parter so they could finish after 13 episodes. We were flabbergasted, because we genuinely thought The Daleks was a good serial. And, when we put it on, it absolutely took over. Donald, to give him his due, called us in and said that we clearly knew a good deal more about this than he did, and he wasn't going to interfere any more.
10He's a very inventive writer, and very good. He's never been frightened of controversy, so, if he's allowed to, he might come up with something very interesting. (On Russell T. Davies)
11I had been doing Doctor Who (1963) for about three months when I was called into Donald's (Donald Wilson) office. I was told that, now I'd done it and it was on air, I was going to go and produce a twice-weekly serial about a council that was being made in Birmingham. I said I wasn't, and Donald said, 'You're under contract to the BBC, not under contract to do Doctor Who (1963). If we say you're going then you're going.' Doctor Who (1963) had barely gone on the air, and I certainly didn't feel confident leaving it then, so I asked why they wanted me to go. The answer was that I wasn't married, so it was easier for me to go and live in Birmingham than it was for any of the other producers!


Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1997BFI FellowshipBritish Film Institute Awards
1989AFI AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest FilmEvil Angels (1988)
1970BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Drama SeriesW. Somerset Maugham (1969)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006Broadcasting Press Guild AwardBroadcasting Press Guild AwardsBest Comedy/EntertainmentLove Soup (2005)David Renwick
1999BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Drama SeriesJonathan Creek (1997)Keith Washington

David Renwick

Sandy Johnson
1991BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Comedy SeriesMay to December (1989)Paul Mendelson

Sydney Lotterby
1984Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Limited SeriesReilly: Ace of Spies (1983)Chris Burt (producer)
1978BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Drama Series/SerialLiving Together (1977)Herbert Wise
1975BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Drama Series/SerialShoulder to Shoulder (1974)


Filmography

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Love Soup2005-2008TV Series producer - 17 episodes
Jonathan Creek1998-2004TV Series producer - 20 episodes
The Cazalets2001TV Series producer
Doctor Who: The Crusade1999Video producer
A Perfect State1997TV Series executive producer - 7 episodes
Heavy Weather1995TV Movie producer
Class ActTV Series executive producer - 7 episodes, 1995 producer - 7 episodes, 1994
Capital Lives1995TV Series producer - 5 episodes
Temp1995TV Movie producer
She's Out1995TV Mini-Series producer - 6 episodes
May to December1989-1994TV Series executive producer - 38 episodes
So Haunt Me1992-1994TV Series executive producer - 19 episodes
Comics1993TV Series producer - 2 episodes
Eldorado1992TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Boys from the Bush1992TV Series producer - 1 episode
G.B.H.1991TV Mini-Series executive producer - 7 episodes
Sleepers1991TV Series executive producer - 4 episodes
Coasting1990TV Series producer - 7 episodes
A Cry in the Dark1988producer
American Roulette1988executive producer
Clockwise1986executive producer
Link1986executive producer
Dreamchild1985executive producer
Morons from Outer Space1985executive producer
Minder1979-1984TV Series executive producer - 48 episodes
Saigon: Year of the Cat1983TV Movie producer
Reilly: Ace of Spies1983TV Mini-Series executive producer - 12 episodes
The Nation's Health1983TV Series executive producer - 4 episodes
Widows1983TV Mini-Series executive producer - 6 episodes
The Flame Trees of Thika1981TV Mini-Series executive producer - 7 episodes
Stainless Steel and Star Spies1981TV Movie executive producer
Fox1980TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
A Performance of Macbeth1979TV Movie executive producer
A Deadly Game1979TV Movie executive producer
Quatermass1979TV Mini-Series executive producer - 4 episodes
The Knowledge1979TV Movie executive producer
The Sailor's Return1978executive producer
The Norman Conquests1977TV Series producer - 3 episodes
ITV Playhouse1977TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
CouplesTV Series executive producer - 63 episodes, 1975 - 1976 producer - 24 episodes, 1975
Rock Follies1976TV Series executive producer - 6 episodes
The Naked Civil Servant1975TV Movie executive producer
Shoulder to Shoulder1974TV Mini-Series producer - 6 episodes
ITV Sunday Night Theatre1973TV Series producer - 2 episodes
Between the Wars1973TV Series producer - 2 episodes
A.D.A.M.1973TV Movie producer
Achilles Heel1973TV Movie producer
After Loch Lomond1973TV Movie producer
Budgie1971-1972TV Series producer - 26 episodes
W. Somerset Maugham1969-1970TV Series producer - 26 episodes
Take Three Girls1969TV Series producer
Detective1968TV Series producer - 17 episodes
Adam Adamant Lives!1966-1967TV Series producer - 29 episodes
Doctor Who1963-1965TV Series producer - 86 episodes
The Newcomers1965TV Series producer - 1 episode

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doctor Who1963-1965TV Series showrunner - 86 episodes

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Love Soup2008TV Series In fond memory of - 1 episode
Doctor Who2007TV Series in memory of - 1 episode

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jacqueline Hill: A Life in Pictures2011Video shortHerself
Love Soup: On Location2008Video documentary shortHerself - Producer
Children's TV on Trial2007TV Series documentaryHerself
The 50 Greatest Television Dramas2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Cult of...2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Budgie's Birds2006Video documentary shortHerself
TV's 50 Greatest Stars2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
This Man Is the One2006Video documentaryHerself
Cast Iron Killers: The Story of 'Danger UXB'2006Video documentaryHerself - Executive Producer
Creation of the Daleks2006Video documentary shortHerself
Doctor Who: Origins2006Video documentaryHerself (as Verity Lambert OBE)
Inside the Spaceship: The Story of the TARDIS2006Video documentary shortHerself (as Verity Lambert OBE)
Over the Edge: The Story of the Edge of Destruction2006Video documentary shortHerself (as Verity Lambert OBE)
Drama Connections2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Tales of Isop2005Video documentary shortHerself - Producer
ITV 50 Greatest Shows2005TV MovieHerself
Love Soup: Behind the Camera2005Video documentary shortHerself
The Planet of the Doctor2005DocumentaryHerself
The Truth About 60s TV2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Story of 'Doctor Who'2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
The BAFTA TV Awards 20022002TV SpecialHerself
The Greatest2001TV Series documentaryHerself
100 Greatest TV Moments from Hell2000TV SpecialHerself
Adventures in Space and Time1999TV Special documentary shortHerself
Myth Makers: William Hartnell1999Video documentaryHerself
Arena1997TV Series documentaryHerself
Doctor Who: 30 Years in the Tardis1993TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Media Show1989TV SeriesHerself
Nationwide1983TV Series documentaryHerself
Look Here1980TV SeriesHerself
Aquarius1971TV SeriesHerself
Frost on Sunday1970TV SeriesHerself - Television Drama Series Winner

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doctor Who: Earth Conquest2014TV MovieHerself - Doctor Who Producer 1963-1965
The Culture Show2013TV Series documentaryHerself
Daleks! Conquer and Destroy2010Video documentary shortHerself
Daleks Beyond the Screen2010Video documentary shortHerself
Verity Lambert: Drama Queen2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
Masters of Sound2006Video documentary shortHerself
Remembering 'The Aztecs'2002Video documentary shortHerself (in photo)

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