Reg Watson

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Reginald James "Reg" Watson (born c. 1935) OAM is an Australian television producer, best known for creating soap operas like Prisoner and Neighbours.

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Reg started his career as an actor at the age of sixteen on Australian radio, before moving to the UK in 1955. He soon was hired by ATV and in 1956, joined Ned Sherrin and Noele Gordon in Birmingham to set up and launch ATV Midlands. Reg's job was as Head Of Light Entertainment.

In this role, he created many programmes for the station with his first big hit being the live daily chat show, Lunchbox. It ran from 1956 to 1964, creating over 3000 editions. In 1958, Reg submitted a proposal for a new Midlands based soap opera to ATV, however it wasn't until 1964 that Lew Grade, head of the station, granted approval for the soap. It was to be the first full length daily serial in the UK, it was called 'The Midland Road'.

Reg later changed the soap's name to Crossroads and he took the show, along with its creators Hazel Adair and Peter Ling, to audiences of 18 million. After ten years producing Crossroads, and eighteen years at ATV he decided to return to Australia in 1973. Upon his return home, he took up the post of head of drama at Reg Grundy Productions. Thanks to his hit British soap, he was able to create many more memorable productions including The Young Doctors, Glenview High, The Restless Years and Sons and Daughters. The Young Doctors and Sons and Daughters later aired in the UK. The fame that he...
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