Elwyn Jones

Elwyn Jones (1923 – 1982) was born in Cwmaman, Aberdare and was a television writer and producer, who co-created the famous police drama series ‘Z-Cars’ in 1962. He went on to create ‘Softly, Softly’ (1966–69), ‘Softly, Softly: Taskforce’ (1969–76), ‘Barlow at Large/Barlow’ (1971, 1973–75), ‘Jack the Ripper’ (1973) and ‘Second Verdict’ (1976). He was Head of Drama (Series) at the BBC and in 1966, he co-wrote with Gerry Davis, the script for the ‘Doctor Who’ serial ‘The Highlanders’. Jones became a freelance writer from 1965 until his death in 1982. He regularly wrote for The Sunday Telegraph, and was the author of several true crime novels including The Last Two to Hang (1966; for which he won the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America), The Ripper File (1973; co-written with John Lloyd), On Trial: Seven Intriguing Cases of Capital Crime (1978); The Deep Concern (1979) and Death Files (1981)


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