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Colin Gregg

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Colin Gregg born 10 January 1947 is a British film and television director, editor and photographer His work includes the films To the Lighthouse 1983, Lamb 1985, and We Think the World of You 1988 He has also directed episodes of television series including Kavanagh QC and Inspector Morse, both starring John Thaw, and the BBC's Screen Two In addition, Gregg has directed adverts, including the award winning commercial for the British drink Blackcurrant Tango


Gregg's first film was the 1969 documentary Once upon a Time In 1977, he was the photographer for a series entitled Those We Love to Hate produced by Devon County Educational Television Service for Paignton Zoo's Education Office, including Those We Love to Hate: Bats

In 1982, Gregg's film Remembrance gave Gary Oldman his film debut The following year, Gregg directed the BBC's 1983 adaptation of Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse, with a cast which included Rosemary Harris, Michael Gough, Kenneth Branagh, and Suzanne Bertish Reviewing the film in The New York Times, John J O'Connor began by noting, "Few works of literature would seem to lend themselves less readily to dramatization than Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse, but the BBC and Colin Gregg Ltd have made the effort and the result is very special indeed"; although, he added, "Purists should be warned that changes have been made" He concluded by writing, "Colin Gregg's direction relies openly and rewardingly on the cool distancing manner of Ingmar Bergman in remaining faithful to the tone and mood of Mrs Woolf With Alan Shallcross as producer, the admirable dedication of all concerned is apparent throughout" To the Lighthouse was nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts BAFTA award in the Best Single Drama category in 1984

Gregg directed British drama film Lamb in 1985; it starred Liam Neeson, Hugh O'Conor in his first film appearance and Ian Bannen The film was based on the novel by Bernard MacLaverty, who also wrote the screenplay, and won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 1986 Locarno International Film Festival In 1988, Gregg worked with Gary Oldman again in We Think the World of You, which also starred Alan Bates It was adapted from JR Ackerley's novel of the same name

He directed the first two episodes of Kavanagh QC, "Nothing but the Truth" and "Heartland", in 1995, as well as the episode "A Sense of Loss" in the following year's Series 2

The 1996 television St George advertisement for the British drink Blackcurrant Tango, which was directed by Gregg, won several awards, including a Cannes Gold Lion and a D&AD silver Pencil, and in 2008 was voted number 2 in the funniest TV adverts of all time in an online poll organised by advertising industry publication Campaign It also won the grand prize in the 1997 London International Advertising Awards, but was also one of the top 10 most complained about adverts reported to the Independent Television Commission in 1996, with complainants citing it as 'insulting and xenophobic'


  1. ^ a b c "Colin Gregg" British Film Institute Retrieved 9 June 2016 
  2. ^ "Once upon a Time " British Film Institute Retrieved 9 June 2016 
  3. ^ "Those We Love to Hate: Bats 1977" British Film Institute Retrieved 9 June 2016 
  4. ^ O'Connor, John J 12 October 1984 "TV Weekend; Virginia Woolf's 'To The Lighthouse'" The New York Times New York City Retrieved 9 June 2016 
  5. ^ "Television: Single Drama in 1984" British Academy of Film and Television Arts Retrieved 11 June 2016 
  6. ^ Roberts, Jerry 5 June 2009 Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors Scarecrow Press p 661 ISBN 978-0810863781 
  7. ^ French, Philip 6 July 2014 "My Dog Tulip – review" The Observer London Retrieved 10 June 2016 
  8. ^ Macdonald, Marianne 4 March 1997 "Tango advert is flavour of the year" The Independent London Retrieved 10 June 2016 
  9. ^ a b McCann, Paul 18 November 1997 "Purple passion puts Tango on top of the advertising world" The Independent London Retrieved 10 June 2016 
  10. ^ Marrs, Colin 5 December 2008 "The top ten funniest TV ads of all time" Campaign London Retrieved 10 June 2016 

External links

  • Colin Gregg on IMDb
  • Colin Gregg at the British Film Institute

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