LONDON -- George More O'Ferrall, a television pioneer who produced the world's first televised play, died at his retirement home in Spain, his family announced Saturday. He was 74.
From a background as stage actor and movie director, O'Ferrall joined the BBC as a member of the team that put out the world's first daily public TV service in 1936.
O'Ferrall's family said he died Thursday at the age of 74.
He produced the BBC's first televised variety show, 'Here's Looking At You,' its first news magazine, 'Picture Page,' and on Oct. 16, 1936 T.S. Eliot's 'Murder in the Cathedral' -- the first play broadcast on television.
O'Ferrall returned to the BBC after army service in World War II, which forced the fledgling television station to close.
He won Britain's first television Oscar for a 1948 BBC production of 'Hamlet' with John Byron and Murile Pavlow but went back to movie directing in 1950.
His movies included 'Angels One Five,' 'The Holly and the Ivy,' 'The Heart of the Matter' and 'The Green Scarf' before he returned to television in 1956, first with the BBC and later free-lancing.
He worked for two commercial television companies before retiring to Spain in 1967. His awards included the 1964 Baird Medal for outstanding contritution to television.