After studies in English literature, Jon Amiel graduated from Cambridge University and ran the Oxford and Cambridge Shakespeare Company, which often toured the USA. He became the Hampstead Theatre Company’s literary manager and began directing there, relocating to the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Amiel joined the BBC as a story editor, studied television directing and did TV work through the late 1970s and early 1980s, scoring attention in 1985 with Silent Twins, The (1985), an unforgettable recreation of the tragic “silent twins” June and Jennifer Gibbons, who spoke only to each other. Airing during the same year Marjorie Wallace’s non-fiction book The Silent Twins (1986) was published by Prentice Hall), the docudrama was the BBC’s selection for entry at the Locarno and Montreal Film Festivals.
As noted in Stephen Gilbert’s biography of Dennis Potter, Amiel was working on The Silent Twins (1986) when Kenith Trodd gave him the six Singing Detective scripts. After… read more