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Tim Aspinall

Tim Aspinall in a 1995 interview for The South Bank Show

Tim Aspinall (6th January, 1935 - 21st August, 2000) was a prolific television writer, director and producer for more than three decades. He produced Coronation Street from Episode 357 to Episode 395 (May to September 1964), and wrote 3 episodes nine years later, in 1975.

He remains best remembered for his controversial decision in 1964 to sack several actors from the programme and especially for his decision to "kill off" the popular character of Martha Longhurst. Several actors, Violet Carson among them, complained about Aspinall's move to senior Granada management and many years later figures such as H.V. Kershaw and Bill Podmore criticised the decision, saying it was one of the worst in the programme's history. Kershaw however went on to say that he preferred to remember Aspinall as the man who introduced the Ogdens to the show.

Before his stint on Coronation Street he was, among other things, a features writer for TV Times and later worked as script editor on the Granada series The Villains.

Episodes written by Tim Aspinall

1970s

1975 (3 episodes)

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