Norman James Crisp (1923-2005), known professionally by his initials and surname only, was a Southampton-born novelist, dramatist and writer of TV scripts. He began writing in the 1960s whilst still employed as an area manager for a pest control firm and later as manager of a taxi firm. After writing some single dramas he soon progressed to writing scripts for BBC series, including Dixon of Dock Green, Dr Finlay’s Casebook and Colditz. He also created two full series, The Experts and The Brothers, with the producer Gerard Glaister.
His 1987 play Dangerous Obsession was turned into a film in 1999 called Darkness Falls, starring Ray Winstone. However, Crisp disliked the film so much that he disassociated himself from it. His play of 1996 That Good Night, starring Donald Sinden and Nigel Devenport and directed by Edward Hall, received much critical acclaim. He lived in Abbott’s Way, Highfield.

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Further reading:
Southampton People, by John Edgar Mann, p34-35. (HS/t)


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