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Francis Durbridge

Francis Durbridge

Francis Durbridge


Francis Henry Durbridge (25 November 1912 - 11 April 1998) was an English playwright and author born in Hull. Educated at Bradford Grammar School in Yorkshire, he was encouraged to write by his English teacher, and continued to do so whilst studying English at Birmingham University. After graduating in 1933, he worked for a short time as a stockbroker's clerk, before selling a radio play to the BBC at the age of 21. In 1938, he created the character Paul Temple, a crime novelist and detective. Read more on Last.fm
Francis Henry Durbridge (25 November 1912 - 11 April 1998) was an English playwright and author born in Hull. Educated at Bradford Grammar School in Yorkshire, he was encouraged to write by his English teacher, and continued to do so whilst studying English at Birmingham University. After graduating in 1933, he worked for a short time as a stockbroker's clerk, before selling a radio play to the BBC at the age of 21. In 1938, he created the character Paul Temple, a crime novelist and detective. With Steve Trent, a Fleet Street journalist and later his wife, Temple solved numerous crimes in the glamorous world of the leisured middle-classes, first on radio and, from 1969 until 1971, in a 64-part big-budget television series. Durbridge went on to forge a successful career as a writer for the stage, with seven plays, the last of which, Sweet Revenge, was written in 1991. He married Norah Lawley, with whom he had two sons, in 1940. He died at his home in Barnes, London in 1998.

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