David E. Rose was born on November 22, 1924, and died on January 26, 2017.
He was a British television producer and commissioning editor.
After war service flying on 34 missions in Lancaster bombers, he trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Drama, but following graduation pursued a career in stage management.
Rose became an Assistant Floor Manager for BBC television in London in 1954, working on the television adaptation of 1984 in his first week, but by the end of the 1950s, he was a director of dramatized documentaries for the BBC, including Black Furrow (1958) about open cast mining in South Wales.
As a producer and production executive, he had the greatest prominence.
He was the original producer of Z-Cars (1962–65).
Additionally, Broadcast live at Rose’s insistence thinking the excitement generated by avoiding pre-recording was integral to the production.
He was responsible for ending its original run thinking the format had become exhausted.
And, Softly, Softly (1966–69) was a spin-off series also produced by Rose.
During 1981, Rose left the BBC for Channel 4 where he was appointed the Commissioning Editor for Fiction by Jeremy Isaacs, the channel’s founding Chief Executive.
David Rose passed away at 92 years old.