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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

21st March 1974 Attempt made to kidnap Princess Anne in London's Pall Mall

21st March 1968 Hill, Hawkins and Coghill's musical premieres in London

21st March 1963 David Hendon and Douglas Cross' musical premieres in London

21st March 1958 Actor Gary Oldman was born in New Cross, London.

21st March 1925 Born today: Peter Brook, London, director (1776)/TV writer

21st March 1888 Arthur Pinero's Sweet Lavender, premieres in London

21st March 1853 Alfred Cops, zookeeper at the Tower of London, died at the Tower of London 18 years after his menagerie closed.go to related location

21st March 1681 3rd Exclusion Parliament meets in London

Lord Ted Willis Lived here



Lord Ted Willis Lived here

This is where playwright Ted Willis lived.

Location: 5 Shepherds Green, Chislehurst, BR7 6PB

Description: This is the former home of Baron Ted Willis (1914-1992) - a British playwright, novelist, screenwriter and ardent supporter of the Labour Party.

Born in Tottenham, Willis was elected Chairman of the Labour League of Youth as their candidate of the left in 1937, and 4 years later became Secretary General of the Young Communist League.

Ted was most renowned for long-running television crime series Dixon of Dock Green. These were based on the real-life stories of Gordon Snashall - a friend and local Chislehurst policeman. He also made television series Virgin of the Secret Service, Hunter's Walk, The Adventures of Black Beauty, Copper's End, Sergeant Cork and Mrs Thursday.

He was Chairman of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain from 1958 to 1964 and he was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's most prolific writer for television, and also wrote 34 stage plays and 39 feature films.

He died of a heart attack here at his home in December 1992 aged 78.


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Lord Ted Willis Lived here

This is where playwright Ted Willis lived.


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