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Roger Graef Dies: Veteran Documentary Filmmaker Dies at 85

Channel 4 has confirmed award-winning documentary producer and writer Roger Graef has passed away aged 85

Rowan Atkinson with producer Roger Graef
Rowan Atkinson with producer Roger Graef

Veteran documentary filmmaker Roger Graef has died aged 85.

Channel 4 announced the sad news on behalf of the Roger family on Wednesday.

The award-winning producer and screenwriter has enjoyed a successful career both outside and on British soil. He has made a series of films on a wide range of social justice topics for every major British television station.

Channel 4 confirmed that Roger passed away peacefully on Wednesday while members of his family were around.

Roger is best known for documentaries such as One Of Them Is Brett, State Of The Nation: A Law In The Making and Police.

In total, he has created more than 30 documentaries focusing on the police and the justice system in the UK.

In 2004, Roger was awarded the prestigious Bafta Fellowship in 2004.

In addition to his tough documentaries, he directed several television specials, including Amnesty International’s first three comedies that aired between 1976 and 1979.







Simon Homeridge, Roger Graef and Brian Hill with Flaherty Documentary Award for ‘Feltham sings’
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He directed the first Secret Policeman’s Ball film and co-produced the first Comic Relief with Richard Curtis in 1985.

As well as being a visiting professor at the University of Oxford, Roger often writes for a selection of UK publications and contributes on programs such as BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 live.

In 1982, he became a founding Board member of Channel 4 and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Communications Standards Trust.

Alex Mahon, chief executive officer of Channel 4, describes him as “one of the most original and influential documentary filmmakers on television”.

He said: “(Graef) believes in the power of it, in his own words, to be ‘creative commitment and risk taking in cinema, drama, comedy, documentary and current affairs’.

“In addition to his contribution to Channel 4, his rich documentary legacy has helped inform and change people’s perspectives on some of the most challenging aspects of British society and organisations. its private and public institutions.

“Roger is fun to chat with, motivated and ignited and his love for television and culture shines through in every conversation.

“He used to say he wanted his epithet to be that he made a difference. Without a doubt, Roger did exactly that.”







Host Roger Graef with TV Documentary Winner Olenka Frenkiel
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Born in New York in 1936, Roger moved to the UK in 1962 and became a British citizen in 1992.

Among those who paid tribute to Roger on social media was the BBC’s Katie Razzall, who wrote a lengthy message, which began: “Among all the news, this may not have gained popularity. stand out as it deserves, but renowned documentary filmmaker Roger Graef has passed away.

“He’s a legend who’s made so many incredible films, including his groundbreaking ‘A Complaint of Hipe’ movie.”

She concluded her thread: “He will be missed by so many people in the industry who already know him well & by all the others who may not know his name but remember his shows. he shined a light on many dark corners of RIP’s life.”

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