Roy Battersby

Roy Battersby is a British director. He started his career making documentary features for the BBC, including work on their groundbreaking science series Tomorrow's World. In 1970 he directed the innovative scientific documentary film The Body, before moving into drama and directing TV plays, often working with writer Colin Welland. He made with several films for the Play for Today series but his role as an organiser with the Workers Revolutionary Party and his Trotskyist politics led to him being blacklisted by the BBC at the behest of Special Branch and the security services, a fact which Battersby was unaware of at the time. Once his association ended in the 1980s, Battersby was allowed to direct at the BBC once more. Serials such as 1986's King of the Ghetto led to regular work on Between the Lines in the early 90s. Now specialising in crime drama, he also helmed several episodes of ITV's Inspector Morse, A Touch of Frost and Cracker. His 2005 film Red Mercury was shown at the Montreal World Film Festival, where it was nominated for best film. In 1996, Battersby was awarded the Alan Clarke award at BAFTA. He is married to actress Judy Loe and is the stepfather of actress Kate Beckinsale.

The Body (1970)

A psychedelic documentary of the body electric, with music by Pink Floyd. The film was directed and produced by Roy Battersby. The film's narrators, Frank Finlay and Vanessa Redgrave, provide commentary that combines the knowledge of human biologists and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  Vanessa Redgrave  •  Frank Finlay  •  Arthur Armitage  •  Johnny Claydon

A psychedelic documentary of the body electric, with music by Pink Floyd. The film was directed and produced by Roy Battersby. The film's narrators, Frank Finlay and Vanessa Redgrave, provide commentary that combines the knowledge of human biologists and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  Vanessa Redgrave  •  Frank Finlay  •  Arthur Armitage  •  Johnny Claydon

Roll On Four O'Clock (1970)

Compelling drama from screenwriter Colin Welland set in a city comprehensive school of low expectations and ambitions. Pupil Latimer does not conform to the macho culture and is labeled a homosexual, leading to bullying by both the pupils and some of the teachers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  George A. Cooper  •  Bill Dean  •  Colin Edwynn  •  Frank Heaton

Compelling drama from screenwriter Colin Welland set in a city comprehensive school of low expectations and ambitions. Pupil Latimer does not conform to the macho culture and is labeled a homosexual, leading to bullying by both the pupils and some of the teachers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  George A. Cooper  •  Bill Dean  •  Colin Edwynn  •  Frank Heaton

Doomwatch: Winter Angel (1999)

University lecturer Neil Tannahill is drawn into a sinister conspiracy involving secretly-stored Soviet nuclear waste at a remote British nuclear facility after receiving an enigmatic note from legendary atomic scientist and one-time former head of "Doomwatch" (the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  Trevor Eve  •  Amanda Ooms  •  Philip Stone  •  Dallas Campbell

University lecturer Neil Tannahill is drawn into a sinister conspiracy involving secretly-stored Soviet nuclear waste at a remote British nuclear facility after receiving an enigmatic note from legendary atomic scientist and one-time former head of "Doomwatch" (the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  Trevor Eve  •  Amanda Ooms  •  Philip Stone  •  Dallas Campbell

Mr. Love (1985)

An fifty-year-old mild-mannered gardener becomes a lovable legend in his town for his talent to romantically please every woman that fancies him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  Barry Jackson  •  Maurice Denham  •  Margaret Tyzack  •  Linda Marlowe

An fifty-year-old mild-mannered gardener becomes a lovable legend in his town for his talent to romantically please every woman that fancies him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  Barry Jackson  •  Maurice Denham  •  Margaret Tyzack  •  Linda Marlowe

Winter Flight (1984)

As the Falklands War looms, an RAF recruit falls for a young barmaid, but their romance is quickly complicated with some surprising news.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  Reece Dinsdale  •  Nicola Cowper  •  Gary Olsen  •  Sean Bean

As the Falklands War looms, an RAF recruit falls for a young barmaid, but their romance is quickly complicated with some surprising news.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  Reece Dinsdale  •  Nicola Cowper  •  Gary Olsen  •  Sean Bean

The Black Candle (1991)

At the turn of the century, a widow decides to set her dead husbands business back in the black column. Her efforts to get the mill going again, however, are somewhat submarined by problems with an employee who is accused of murder and her sister who has married a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  Nathaniel Parker  •  James Gaddas  •  Bob Smeaton  •  Brian Hogg

At the turn of the century, a widow decides to set her dead husbands business back in the black column. Her efforts to get the mill going again, however, are somewhat submarined by problems with an employee who is accused of murder and her sister who has married a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  Nathaniel Parker  •  James Gaddas  •  Bob Smeaton  •  Brian Hogg

Red Mercury (2005)

Three young Muslim men, part of a terror cell, are making a bomb in a London flat, when they get a call to vacate immediately with their gear. The police have been alerted and they are under suspicion.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  Pete Postlethwaite  •  Juliet Stevenson  •  Stockard Channing  •  Ron Silver

Three young Muslim men, part of a terror cell, are making a bomb in a London flat, when they get a call to vacate immediately with their gear. The police have been alerted and they are under suspicion.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  Pete Postlethwaite  •  Juliet Stevenson  •  Stockard Channing  •  Ron Silver

King of the Ghetto (1986)

An idealistic former soldier helps unite and house ethnic minorities in a run down area of the east end  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  Tim Roth  •  Gwyneth Strong  •  Ian Dury  •  Zia Mohyeddin

An idealistic former soldier helps unite and house ethnic minorities in a run down area of the east end  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  Tim Roth  •  Gwyneth Strong  •  Ian Dury  •  Zia Mohyeddin

Olly's Prison (1993)

"When you marry, have kids...you'll still be in that chair." An ordinary city flat. Evening. A man tries to talk to his daughter. She will not answer. The play moves through the prison of the mind, to that of the outside world in a search that leads to a tragedy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  Bernard Hill  •  Charlotte Coleman  •  George Anton  •  Richard Graham

"When you marry, have kids...you'll still be in that chair." An ordinary city flat. Evening. A man tries to talk to his daughter. She will not answer. The play moves through the prison of the mind, to that of the outside world in a search that leads to a tragedy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  Bernard Hill  •  Charlotte Coleman  •  George Anton  •  Richard Graham

The Moth (1997)

This 1940s drama presents a story of class conflict and its influence on romance. Robert Bradley leaves the shipyards to work in his uncle's furniture business but soon finds himself at odds with the old man. So he becomes a servant for the destructive Thormans, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  Juliet Aubrey  •  Rupert Penry-Jones  •  Jack Davenport  •  David Bradley

This 1940s drama presents a story of class conflict and its influence on romance. Robert Bradley leaves the shipyards to work in his uncle's furniture business but soon finds himself at odds with the old man. So he becomes a servant for the destructive Thormans, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  Juliet Aubrey  •  Rupert Penry-Jones  •  Jack Davenport  •  David Bradley

Right To Work March (1972)

Young Socialists from Glasgow, Liverpool and Swansea march to London and discuss their economic struggles en route. Supporting them are Ken Loach, Corin Redgrave, Arnold Wesker and other leading cultural figures of the left of British politics. The march is ...  (more)

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CAST:  Frances de la Tour  •  Tony Anscombe  •  John Bales  •  Wendy Bales

Young Socialists from Glasgow, Liverpool and Swansea march to London and discuss their economic struggles en route. Supporting them are Ken Loach, Corin Redgrave, Arnold Wesker and other leading cultural figures of the left of British politics. The march is ...  (more)

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CAST:  Frances de la Tour  •  Tony Anscombe  •  John Bales  •  Wendy Bales

The Operation (1973)

David Adler is an operator. He strips assets, other men's wives, and his oldest friend's soul - anything for a cool million.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  George Lazenby  •  Tom Kempinski  •  Maurice Roëves  •  Maureen Shaw

David Adler is an operator. He strips assets, other men's wives, and his oldest friend's soul - anything for a cool million.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  George Lazenby  •  Tom Kempinski  •  Maurice Roëves  •  Maureen Shaw

Leeds United! (1974)

The true story of a strike in 1970 by female textile-factory workers in Leeds who wanted to be paid the same as their male colleagues, but whose efforts were undermined by the trade union that they belonged to.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  Lynne Perrie  •  Elizabeth Spriggs  •  Lori Wells  •  Stan Stennett

The true story of a strike in 1970 by female textile-factory workers in Leeds who wanted to be paid the same as their male colleagues, but whose efforts were undermined by the trade union that they belonged to.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  Lynne Perrie  •  Elizabeth Spriggs  •  Lori Wells  •  Stan Stennett

Gentry (1987)

Gerald and Susannah, an affluent young couple, inspect a shabby town house for sale. Gerald has plans to renovate it and sell it on for a big profit. But their expedition quickly turns into a nightmare when three criminals arrive, searching for the money they hid ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  Roger Daltrey  •  Michael Attwell  •  Tim Condren  •  Phoebe Nicholls

Gerald and Susannah, an affluent young couple, inspect a shabby town house for sale. Gerald has plans to renovate it and sell it on for a big profit. But their expedition quickly turns into a nightmare when three criminals arrive, searching for the money they hid ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  Roger Daltrey  •  Michael Attwell  •  Tim Condren  •  Phoebe Nicholls

Better Than the Movies (1972)

A man celebrating his birthday comes to appreciate the difference between media fantasy and mundane reality.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  Bryan Marshall  •  Christine Hargreaves  •  Marjorie Yates  •  Inigo Jackson

A man celebrating his birthday comes to appreciate the difference between media fantasy and mundane reality.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  Bryan Marshall  •  Christine Hargreaves  •  Marjorie Yates  •  Inigo Jackson

Drama Out of a Crisis: A Celebration of Play for Today (2020)

Marking Play for Today’s 50th anniversary, Drama Out of a Crisis is a compelling exploration of the series, its origins, achievements, controversies and legacies. Featuring a rich and surprising range of archive extracts and original interviews with many who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Wyver
CAST:  Martina Laird  •  Peter Ansorge  •  Roy Battersby  •  Rachel Billington

Marking Play for Today’s 50th anniversary, Drama Out of a Crisis is a compelling exploration of the series, its origins, achievements, controversies and legacies. Featuring a rich and surprising range of archive extracts and original interviews with many who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Wyver
CAST:  Martina Laird  •  Peter Ansorge  •  Roy Battersby  •  Rachel Billington

Escape From Kampala (1991)

The true story of a daring prison break. Wycliffe Kato, Director of Civil Aviation in Idi Amin's Uganda was at the airport to catch a flight to Canada for a conference when he was arrested by Amin's secret police, members of the notorious Sate Research Bureau, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  John Matshikiza  •  Rudolph Walker  •  Oke Wambu  •  John Adewole

The true story of a daring prison break. Wycliffe Kato, Director of Civil Aviation in Idi Amin's Uganda was at the airport to catch a flight to Canada for a conference when he was arrested by Amin's secret police, members of the notorious Sate Research Bureau, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  John Matshikiza  •  Rudolph Walker  •  Oke Wambu  •  John Adewole

The Palestinian (1977)

A 66-minute TV documentary from 1977. It was produced by and starred Vanessa Redgrave, and directed by Roy Battersby.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  Vanessa Redgrave

A 66-minute TV documentary from 1977. It was produced by and starred Vanessa Redgrave, and directed by Roy Battersby.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  Vanessa Redgrave