Camfield is still regarded as a master of his craft; a television
director who made numerous memorable episodes of shows such as Doctor Who, Blake’s 7, The Nightmare Man and The Sweeney. During
his career, which spanned twenty years and 163 productions, Camfield
worked on many popular and groundbreaking series of their day, such as Public Eye, Shoestring, Van der Valk, Z Cars and Paul Temple,
not to mention many long since forgotten and lost productions. His work
is frequently cited as the best of any series he worked on.
Camfield passed away in January 1984. He was 52.
Towards the end of his life, he recreated the past with the romantic chivalry of Ivanhoe and tales of honour in African deserts with Beau Geste. His productions frequently topped the ratings charts, including his final serial, Missing From Home.
the man is no less interesting than his work. Adopted by an army
family, he chose television over the military, and rose from the cutting
room floor to become one of the new wave of BBC directors, determined
to prove the potential of the medium and take it further away from its
roots in theatre and radio and into cinema. He became the go-to man to
help launch new and exciting series which in some cases shaped the
future of television on both the BBC and ITV.
Told with help from his friends and family, Directed By Douglas Camfield
is the story of a man who commanded the love, loyalty, respect and
commitment from his cast and crews, how he overcame seemingly
insurmountable hurdles, including his health, and who took risks with
his career in order to achieve his goals.