Ron McLean (writer)

Ron McLean (1944–1985) was an Australian screenwriter, producer and executive producer, best known for his work on TV. He wrote most of the episodes for Spyforce, which he helped create.[1] He had a long collaboration with producer Roger Mirams.[2]

Biography

McLean was running a woman's shoe shop in Double Bay, Sydney when he read an article about a TV series being made in Australia, Riptide (1969). He sent them a couple of stories which the show liked and he taught himself how to adapt them into scripts. He wrote some episodes of Skippy and did sketches for The Mavis Bramston Show. He came much in demand in the early 70s, writing a number of shows for Crawford Productions.[2]

McLean met Roger Mirans when working on Woobinda, Animal Doctor. The two formed a company, South Pacific Films, which made Spyforce.[2]

McLean was also one of a team of four people who wrote children's books under the name of Mary Elliott.

In the early 1980s he set up Ron McLean Productions which produced Airhawk, The Little Feller and Outbreak of Hostilities. The company went into liquidation in 1982.[3]

Personal life

McLean had a wife, Elizabeth, and two daughters, Sara and Sallie.[2]

Select credits

Books as "Mary Elliot"

  • Clare Carson and the Sheep Duffers : Bush Nurse in the Australian Outback Hawthorn : Lloyd O'Neil, 1970
  • Clare Carson and the Gold Rush : Bush Nurse in the Australian Outback Adelaide : Rigby, 1970
  • Clare Carson at Wilga Junction : Bush Nurse in the Australian Outback, Adelaide : Rigby, 1970
  • Clare Carson and the Runaways : Bush Nurse in the Australian Outback Adelaide : Rigby, 1970

References

  1. "Spyforce". classicaustraliantv.com. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  2. "FROM SELLING SHOES TO WRITING SCRIPTS". The Australian Women's Weekly. 24 April 1974. p. 15. Retrieved 12 October 2015 via National Library of Australia.
  3. "AN order of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Equity Division, for the winding up of Ron McLean Productions Pty". Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (163). 26 November 1982. p. 5464. Retrieved 3 January 2018 via National Library of Australia.
  4. "BELLAMY~a ratings casualty". The Australian Women's Weekly. 49 (16). 23 September 1981. p. 148. Retrieved 3 January 2018 via National Library of Australia.
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