A clutch of awards were won by the television writer Elaine Morgan OBE, who also gained fame through her espousal of a feminist theory of evolution.
She won two BAFTAs and two Writers’ Guild awards; a documentary she wrote about the disabled author Joey Deacon, for the long-running Horizon series, brought her the prestigious Prix Italia in 1975; and her serialisation of Testament of Youth (1979), the memoir of the feminist Vera Brittain, won her the Royal Television Society’s writer of the year award.
In spite of her background of abject poverty in the Welsh valleys, Morgan read English at Oxford and began writing for television in the 1950s, even though her family could not afford to buy a TV. Her later credits included nine episodes of Dr Finlay’s Casebook (1963-70), the series about a medical practice in the fictional Scottish town of Tannochbrae in the 1920s; an adaptation of How Green Was My Valley (1975), Richard Llewellyn’s novel about a mining community; a drama serial, The Life and Times of David Lloyd George (1981), starring Philip Madoc; and an adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank (1987). Morgan was appointed an OBE in the 2009 Birthday Honours for services to literature and to education. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature the same year.
Elaine Morgan, who was born on November 7, 1920, died on July 12, 2013 at the age of 92.