Pioneering TV producer Lambert dies


LONDON -- Pioneering television producer Verity Lambert, the original producer of "Doctor Who" in the early sixties, has died aged 71, it was announced Friday.

Lambert, who went on to produce primetime dramas including "Jonathan Creek" and "Minder" was awarded an Order of the British Empire from the Queen in 2002 for her services to film and television.

She was to have been honored with the Working Title lifetime achievement award later this year (THR 11/23).

"Verity was a total one-off. She was a magnificently, madly, inspirationally talented drama producer," said BBC Fiction controller Jane Tranter.

"During her long and brilliant career there was no form of drama that was beyond her reach and that she didn't excel at."

Russell T. Davies, the current writer and executive producer of "Doctor Who," said that the show remained Lambert's legacy.

"There are a hundred people in Cardiff working on 'Doctor Who' and millions of viewers, in particular many children, who love the program that Verity helped create. This is her legacy and we will never forget that."