James MacTaggart

Biography of James MacTaggart

James MacTaggart (1928-1974) was a graduate of the University who became one of the leading television producers, directors and writers of his generation. The annual James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival was inaugurated in 1976 in his memory.


After graduating MA in 1954, MacTaggart completed his National Service in the Army and joined BBC Scotland in 1956 as a radio actor. He became a radio producer and director and in 1962 moved to London to work on television drama for the BBC. MacTaggart directed a number of highly successful adaptations and in 1964 was one of the first producers of the controversial and critically acclaimed series, The Wednesday Play. Latterly, he worked as a freelance writer and director.


James MacTaggart
Television Director and Producer

Born 1928.
Died 29 May 1974.
University Link: Alumnus
GU Degree: MA, 1954;
Occupation categories: television directors; television producers
Record last updated: 18th Aug 2008

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