Edmund Ward

Edmund Ward wrote the first episode of the first series of The Plane Makers and became an integral part of the success of the series once his friend Wilfred Greatorex became script editor. Ward went on to create The Main Chance and The Hanged Man

Born in Nottingham in 1928, Edmund Ward was forced to train as a book keeper at Boots, the Chemists before departing for Sweden in 1950. Ward earned his money in the construction industry, and later became a construction trade journalist, a background he would later exploit in The Hanged Man (1976)

Ward published three novels between 1957 and 1959 and in 1962 sold his first TV play to ATV, before being recruited to The Plane Makers

After Patrick Wymark expressed the need for a breather from the character of John Wilder, Ward contributed to the newspaper series Front Page Story (1965), before collaborating with priducer Rex Firkin and script editor Wilfred Greatorex on a sequel to The Plane Makers called The Power Game.

In 1968, Ward joined one of the new ITV contractors, Yorkshire TV to launch the legal series The Main Chance. From this, Ward spun off the three-part mini-series Grady. In 1976, Ward created The Hanged Man which again spun-off two characters into Turtle's Progress (1979-1980)

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