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Bill Podmore Net Worth

Bill Podmore Net Worth is
$850,000

Bill Podmore Bio/Wiki, Net Worth, Married 2018

Edgar William "Bill" Podmore (15 August 1931 – 22 January 1994) was a British television producer. Born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, he was best known for his long association with the soap opera Coronation Street, a series he produced for twelve years (1976–88). This period is now widely regarded as a "golden era" in the programme's history.Initially a Royal Air Force pilot, he became a TV cameraman for the BBC, shortly after with Granada Television and later, a director. When, as a relatively young man, he was called upon to direct an episode of Coronation Street, Violet Carson (Ena Sharples) with a massive twinkle in her eye, drew herself up to her full height and confronted him - "Hello Bill, welcome...my train leaves at 5.30 p.m.!"Bill was asked to take over as producer of "the Street" in 1976. Initially he turned the offer down flat. As former Street writer John Stevenson recalled recently in a BBC Radio 2 documentary, "Coronation Street was on a downward slope at the time. Stevenson stated that no-one wanted to work on it, the quality of the scripts had dropped, the storylines were poor and it was becoming something of a joke within the TV industry to have to work on it".Podmore helped steer the programme back onto an even keel. He referred to this as "re-decoration, not demolition" meaning that he intended to capitalise on the strengths he already had there. Thus the Ogdens became a comedic double act yet again, and Eddie Yeats, who before Podmore's stewardship had been nothing more than a petty thug, became the Ogden's surrogate son and was revealed to have a heart of gold. Bill brought in new characters, such as Renee Bradshaw, and brought minor characters, such as Fred Gee and Vera Duckworth, to the fore.However, it was not all plain sailing. In the early 1980s, Peter Dudley was arrested in a Manchester public lavatory for importuning. Podmore, a married man with two children, Hellen and Richard John, stood by Peter steadfastly, insisting that although he was involved in a "shameful" court case in reality, whatever Dudley did in his private life was his own business. Dudley later suffered a stroke caused by the stress of the case, and finally suffering a fatal heart attack after asking to be "written-out" of the show.Podmore was, however, no easy touch. The cast referred to him as "The Godfather" for he could be very ruthless. In 1980, he killed Renee Roberts off as he considered her marriage to Alf Roberts not working; Podmore was quoted as saying that Alf Roberts was allowed to emerge "from the shadows of a rather humdrum marriage". When Stephen Hancock refused to sign a new contract, Podmore had him killed off, having him shot dead in a bungled wages snatch at Baldwin's Factory.Podmore was also instrumental in the unpopular termination of actor Peter Adamson's contract. Adamson had been suspended from the programme after allegations that he had interfered with two young girls in a Bury (Lancashire, England
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Full NameEdgar William Podmore
Date Of BirthAugust 15, 1931
Died1994-01-22
Place Of BirthGainsborough, Lincolnshire, England, UK
ProfessionProducer, Director
SpouseGillian Podmore
Star SignLeo
#Fact
1A former RAF pilot, he entered television in the mid 1950s as a trainee camera operater, made the transition to director a decade or more later, and eventually carved a reputation as a respected sitcom producer.
2Podmore's no-nonsense approach, intolerance of cast members' wayward behaviour and penchant for axing key characters led to him acquiring the nickname Cecil B De Pod; an affectionate reference to the Hollywood autocrat, Cecil B De Mille.
3In 1975, he was appointed producer of the UK soap opera, Coronation Street, and remained at the helm for thirteen years, making him the most enduring producer in the programme's history. During this period, Podmore was credited with introducing more humorous plotlines into the serial, which eventually saw the Street regain its mantle as Britain's most watched programme. Certainly, in its halcyon days (1976-1984), the soap's ratings dominance was seemingly unassailable.
4In 1988, amid dwindling audiences, the UK press speculated that Podmore had been sacked as producer of Coronation Street, claiming that his long reign had left the programme stale. Bill himself, however, always maintained that his departure was mutually amicable.
5Following his retirement from television, Podmore penned his memoirs, "Coronation Street: The Inside Story" (1990 Mcdonald & Co), a book which contained some caustic criticisms of former cast members, in particular Peter Adamson (Len Fairclough) and the late Fred Feast (Fred Gee).
6Twice married and divorced. At the time of his death in January 1994, he was in a relationship with television worker Millie Preece.

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Brothers McGregor1985-1988TV Series executive producer - 26 episodes
Coronation StreetTV Series producer - 38 episodes, 1976 - 1988 executive producer - 4 episodes, 1984 - 1985
Albion Market1985-1986TV Series executive producer - 3 episodes
Brass1983TV Series producer - 13 episodes
My Brother's Keeper1975-1976TV Series producer - 13 episodes
Bootsie and Snudge1974TV Series producer - 6 episodes
How's Your Father?1974TV Series producer - 5 episodes
Sam1973TV Series associate producer - 4 episodes
Nearest and Dearest1970-1973TV Series producer - 27 episodes
All Star Comedy Carnival1972TV Movie segment producer
The Last of the Baskets1971-1972TV Series producer - 13 episodes

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Brother's Keeper1975-1976TV Series 13 episodes
Crown Court1973-1975TV Series 7 episodes
How's Your Father?1974TV Series 5 episodes
Sam1973TV Series 2 episodes
Nearest and Dearest1969-1973TV Series 34 episodes
All Star Comedy Carnival1972TV Movie
The Last of the Baskets1971-1972TV Series 13 episodes
Getting Sentimental Over You1969TV Movie
Her Majesty's Pleasure1969TV Series 1 episode
Nice Time1968TV Series 2 episodes
Coronation Street1967-1968TV Series 3 episodes
Bootsie and Snudge1960TV Series 1974


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