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Graham Williams, Born 24 May 1945 - Died 17th August 1990 was a British television producer and script editor, whose best known work was on the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who.

After working as script editor for The View From Daniel Pike (1971), Sutherland's Law (1973), Z Cars (1975—1976) and Barlow at Large (1975), he was encouraged by his friend Bill Slater, then BBC Head of Serials, to move to producership and was eventually charged with taking over Doctor Who after Philip Hinchcliffe's highly successful but controversial spell in charge of the series.

He was the producer on the show between 1977 and 1980, during the Tom Baker era. Under Hinchcliffe, the series had been at its most popular, with the highest average viewing figures, but had also come under heavy media criticism for the violent content. Upon taking over the reins of the series, Williams was instructed by BBC drama bosses to tone down the violence.

Although the viewing figures dipped somewhat during Williams' first two seasons, they remained fairly healthy and in 1979, the series achieved ratings in excess of 17.5 million viewers, its highest ever - although this was partly attributable to strike which took ITV, the BBC's main competitor, off the air.

Williams also wrote significant portions of the script for two stories beset by writing problems, City of Death and The Invasion of Time.

During his period on the programme, Williams worked closely with three script editors: the experienced Robert Holmes; Anthony Read; and Douglas Adams, who penned some of the most well-regarded stories of the Williams era and went on to write hugely popular novels and scripts such as The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Williams left the series after three difficult years, handing over to John Nathan-Turner who had worked under him as Production Unit Manager.

During Nathan-Turner's reign as producer, Williams was approached by script editor Eric Saward to write a story for Colin Baker's second season. The script was at an advanced stage when it was abandoned, as were all the scripts initially commissioned for that season, after the series was put on hiatus in February 1985. In 1989 Williams wrote a novelisation of his story, The Nightmare Fair (ISBN 0-426-20334-8).

In 1985, he helped design the Doctor Who text video game Doctor Who and the Warlord.

His work on the series is examined in some detail in the documentary 'A Matter of Time' (included in the 2007 BBC DVD release of The Key to Time series), which includes excerpts from two interviews with Williams, conducted at 1980s Doctor Who fan conventions.

He left the BBC in the early 1980s and went on to produce drama series for ITV, including Supergran, before leaving television in the late 1980s to run a country hotel in Tiverton, Devon.

He died in a shooting accident at that hotel on 17 August 1990. He left a widow, Jacqueline, and three children.
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Total Books: 37
The Halo and the Noose
2012 - The Halo and the Noose (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780620427012
ISBN-10: 0620427019
Genres: Business & Money, Reference
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Data Mining with Rattle and R The Art of Excavating Data for Knowledge Discovery
2011 - Data Mining with Rattle and R the Art of Excavating Data for Knowledge Discovery [Use R] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781441998897
ISBN-10: 1441998896
Genre: Science & Math
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The Nightmare Fair
2009 - The Nightmare Fair [Doctor Who: The Lost Stories] (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9781844354443
ISBN-10: 184435444X
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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The British Rugby League Records Book
2009 - The British Rugby League Records Book (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781903659496
ISBN-10: 1903659493
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Peter Fox The Players' Coach
2008 - Peter Fox the Players' Coach (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781903659397
ISBN-10: 1903659396
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Rigby Maths Western Australia Year 5 Teacher's Book Year 5 Teacher's Book
2000 - Rigby Maths Western Australia Year 5 Teacher's Book Year 5 Teacher's Book (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780731232086
ISBN-10: 0731232089
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The Code War
1994 - The Code War (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781874427650
ISBN-10: 1874427658
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Doctor Who The Nightmare Fair  The Missing Episodes
1992 - Doctor Who the Nightmare Fair the Missing Episodes (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780426203346
ISBN-10: 0426203348
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Apmp for Prince2 Practitioners
Apmp for Prince2 Practitioners (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780113310951
ISBN-10: 0113310951
Genre: Business & Money
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Shapes and Structures in Music An Introduction to Musical Form
Shapes and Structures in Music an Introduction to Musical Form [Oxford Music Examination Workbooks] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780193210578
ISBN-10: 0193210576
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An Introduction to Electrical Circuit Theory
An Introduction to Electrical Circuit Theory (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780333141946
ISBN-10: 0333141946
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Guide to Enterprise Data Mining
Guide to Enterprise Data Mining [Springer Professional Computing] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780387954530
ISBN-10: 0387954538
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Making Your Meetings More Interesting and Effective [Guidelines in educational management series publications] (Paperback)
Graham Williams 26 January - 4 March 1995
Graham Williams 26 January - 4 March 1995 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781870280495
ISBN-10: 1870280490
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Gabo Nuam 1999
Gabo Nuam 1999 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781870280754
ISBN-10: 187028075X
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Graham Williams
Graham Williams (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781870280761
ISBN-10: 1870280768
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Eric Gill for Father Desmond
Eric Gill for Father Desmond (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781873359020
ISBN-10: 1873359020
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Recent Sculpture
Recent Sculpture (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781904621034
ISBN-10: 1904621031
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