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Name: Stone, Norman

Historical Note:

Norman Stone was awarded a first class honors degree in Visual Communication before transferring to London's Royal College of Art for a Master of Arts degree in Film and Television. He began his professional career in television as the youngest producer/director for the Religious Department of the BBC.

Moving from Everyman documentaries and a pioneering Sunday children's show into drama, he produced the highly acclaimed film A Different Drummer about the blind and deaf Cornish poet Jack Clemo (1980). His career in drama was established with the international success of Shadowlands, on the love and grief of C.S. Lewis, starring Joss Acklund and Claire Bloom, which won two BAFTA awards, an International Emmy and the Prague D'Or for Best Director. Other dramas include Martin Luther - Heretic, starring Jonathan Pryce; New World, starring James Fox; The Vision, starring Dirk Bogarde and Lee Remick, and the award-winning Burston Rebellion with Eileen Atkins and Bernard Hill. In 1988-89 he directed a three-part thriller series for BBC Scotland, The Justice Game (first series), and the television feature Pied Piper, starring Peter O'Toole and based on the novel by Nevil Shute (a Granada TV/CBS co-production).

Whilst working on the script of The End Time with Murray Watts, Stone also collaborated with Watts on a film adaptation of Dostoyevsky's Dream of a Ridiculous Man (BBC 2), starring Jeremy Irons.

Stone has won an International Emmy, Gold Awards for Best Film and Best Director at the New York Film and Television Festival, and the Monitor d'Oro for Best Drama at Umbriafiction TV '92 for the Catherine Cookson television film The Black Velvet Gown, which he directed for World Wide International Television.

Following up on his successful direction of They Do It with Mirrors, BBC's 1991 "Miss Marple" Christmas special, Stone has also worked on BBC's final "Miss Marple" adventure, The Mirror Cracked from Side to Side.

Other awards include a Bafta for the Omnibus special on the life of Dudley Moore, "After the Laughter", an Andrew Cross Award for best documentary of the year for "The Tartan Pimpernel" and a Golden Remi for his first feature film "Man Dancin'", which he created and directed in his home town of Glasgow.

Note Author: Wheaton College Archives & Special Collection staff

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