Ian La Frenais Biography (1937-)

Born January 7, 1937; son of Cyril and Gladys La Frenais; married Doris Vartan, 1984; children: one stepson. Addresses: Agent: Elliot Webb, Broder/Webb/Chervin/Silbermann, 9242 Beverly Blvd., Suite 200, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Gender
Male
Occupation
Writer, producer

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Producer
  • To Russia ... with Elton, 1979
  • (With Dick Clement) Porridge (also known as Doing Time), ITC, 1979
  • Bullshot (also known as Bullshot Crummond), HandMade, 1983
  • (With Clement) Water, J. Arthur Rank, 1985
  • (With Clement) Vice Versa, Columbia, 1988
  • (With Clement) Wilt, 1989
  • (With Clement and Marc Abraham) The Commitments, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991
  • Film Work
  • Other
  • Director, To Russia ... with Elton, 1979
  • Executive producer, Still Crazy, Columbia, 1998
  • Co-executive producer, Honest, Winchester Films, 2000
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Creator (with Dick Clement), Lovejoy, BBC, then Arts and Entertainment, 1991
  • Creator, Spender, BBC, 1991
  • Supervising producer, Tracey Takes On..., HBO, 1997-1998
  • Other
  • Producer, My Wife Next Door (pilot), CBS, 1980
  • Editor, P.O.S.H., 1982
  • Supervising producer, The Best of Tracey Takes On... (special), HBO, 1996
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Himself, Whatever Happened to ... Clement and La Frenais?, 1997
  • Miniseries
  • Himself, Laughter in the House: The Story of British Sitcom, 1999
  • Stage Work
  • Coproducer, Anyone for Denis?, 1982
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • (With Dick Clement) The Jokers (based on a story by Michael Winner), Universal, 1967
  • The Touchables, 1968
  • (With Clement and Tom Wright) Hannibal Brooks (based on a story byWinner), United Artists, 1969
  • (With Clement) Otley (based on the novel by Martin Waddell), Columbia, 1969
  • (With John Hopkins and John McGrath) The Virgin Soldiers (based onthe novel by Leslie Thomas), Columbia, 1970
  • (With Clement and Al Lettieri) Villain (based on the novel TheBurden of Proof by James Barlow), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1971
  • (With Clement) Catch Me a Spy (also known as To Catch a Spyand Les doigts croises; based on the novel by George Marton and TiborMeray), J. Arthur Rank, 1971
  • (With Clement) The Likely Lads (based on the television series Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?), EMI, 1976
  • (With Clement and Sid Collin) It's Not the Size That Counts (alsoknown as Percy's Progress; based on a story by Harry Corbett), JosephBrenner, 1979
  • (With Clement; including song "Free Inside") Porridge (also knownas Doing Time), ITC, 1979
  • (With Clement) The Prisoner of Zenda (based on the novel by Anthony Hope), Universal, 1979
  • To Russia ... with Elton, 1979
  • (Uncredited) Never Say Never Again (also known as James Bond 007--Sag niemals nie), 1983
  • (With Clement) Bullshot (also known as Bullshot Crummond),HandMade, 1983
  • (With Clement and Bill Persky; including songs) Water, J. Arthur Rank, 1985
  • (With Clement) Vice Versa, Columbia, 1988
  • (With Clement) Wilt, 1989
  • (With Clement and Roddy Doyle) The Commitments (based on the novelby Doyle), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991
  • Excess Baggage, Columbia, 1997
  • (Including songs "Dirty Town" and "A Woman Like That") Still Crazy, Columbia, 1998
  • The Bank Job, Miramax, 1999
  • Honest, Winchester Films, 2000
  • (Uncredited) Pearl Harbor, Buena Vista, 2001
  • Original draft, Bad Boys II, Sony Pictures Releasing, 2003
  • Television Series
  • The Likely Lads, BBC, between 1965 and 1968
  • The Adventures of Lucky Jim, 1968
  • (And composer) Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, BBC, between1971 and 1973
  • Seven of One, BBC, 1973
  • Thick As Thieves, ITV, 1974
  • Porridge, BBC, between 1974 and 1977
  • Comedy Playhouse, 1975
  • On the Rocks, ABC, between 1976 and 1977
  • Going Straight, BBC, 1978
  • (With Dick Clement) Billy, CBS, 1979
  • Further Adventures of Lucky Jim, 1983
  • Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, between 1983 and 1984
  • Mog, ITV, 1985
  • Freddie and Max, 1990
  • Old Boy Network, 1991
  • Tracey Takes On..., HBO, 1997-1998
  • Also writer for the series Lenny Henry Tonite, BBC; Mr. Aitch; Over the Rainbow, ITV; The Other 'Arf, ITV; and The Train Now Standing, ITV.
  • Television Pilots
  • with Dick Clement
  • (And theme music) My Wife Next Door, CBS, 1980
  • Mr. and Mrs. Dracula, ABC, 1981
  • There Goes the Neighborhood, NBC, 1982
  • Television Specials
  • (With Dick Clement and others) Tracey Ullman: A Class Act, HBO, 1993
  • "Family Reunion," Tracey Takes On New York, HBO, 1993
  • The Best of Tracey Takes On..., HBO, 1996
  • A Tribute to the Likely Lads, ITV, 2002
  • Television Episodes
  • Author of "The Judas Pair," Lovejoy, BBC, then Arts and Entertainment.
  • Television Movies
  • (With Dick Clement and Wayne Kline) Sunset Limousine, CBS, 1983
  • Lovejoy: The Lost Colony, Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • Stage Plays
  • Billy, 1974
  • Other
  • Author of novelizations of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, The Likely Lads, Porridge, and Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?

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