Julia Jones

Julia Jones: 1923-2015

By WGGB Chair Gail Renard

Julia Jones was Chair of the Writers’ Guild when I first became active over 15 years ago. There weren’t many women on the Executive Council then and I was lucky to have Julia, a writer whom I greatly admired, as a role model.

Julia had the sort of career that writers today can only dream about. She started writing plays for BBC television, wrote Take Three Girls, one of the first 1960s flat-sharing sit coms (starring Susan Jameson, Angela Down and Liza Goddard) and went on to write leading TV dramas.

Julia worked with producer greats Kenith Trodd and Tony Garnett and also contributed to the hit series Duchess Of Duke Street, and Moody and Pegg. Never allowing herself to be typecast, she also wrote Dickens adaptations, children’s series and stage plays.

Julie was petite, quick and observant; a little bird of a woman. Always wise and supportive without being intrusive, I most remember her extraordinary kindness and empathy for others. Julia was a wife, mother, superb writer and Guild activist.

Read the Guardian obituary. You can also listen to WGGB Chair Gail Renard’s tribute to Julia Jones on BBC Radio 4’s Last Word programme on Friday 13 November 2015.