John Fairley

John Alexander Fairley FRTS (born 15 April 1938)[1] is a British former television producer from Yorkshire. With William Allison he wrote the 1978 book The Monocled Mutineer, made into a well-known 1986 BBC One controversial drama series, adapted by Alan Bleasdale.

Early life

He was born in Liverpool. He attended a direct-grant grammar school in North West England, then went to The Queen's College, Oxford.



He started at the Bristol Evening Post in 1963, then went to the London Evening Standard in 1964.


From 1965-68 he was a radio producer with BBC Radio.

Yorkshire Television

He worked for Yorkshire Television (now ITV Yorkshire). He was a television producer from 1968-78. He became Managing Director of Yorkshire-Tyne Tees Television in 1993 until April 1995. He was replaced on 15 May 1995 by Bruce Gyngell, the former managing director from 1984-92 of TV-am. During his employment at Yorkshire Television, he was the Producer of the cave diving documentary The Underground Eiger.[2]


He has written books with Simon Welfare.

Personal life

He lives in North Yorkshire, in Eddlethorpe in Ryedale. He is married and has three daughters.

See also


  1. Companies House
  2. "The Underground Eiger". BFI. British Film Institute. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
Media offices
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Chairman of Channel 4 Racing
1997 - 2012
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Chief Executive of UKTV
1995 - 1996
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Managing Director of Yorkshire-Tyne Tees Television
1993 - April 1995
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Bruce Gyngell
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Director of Programmes at Yorkshire Television
1984 - 1992
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