March 18, 1939|
London, England, United Kingdom
Haggard began his career directing plays for the anthology drama series Thirty-Minute Theatre in the 1960s, later working on the more prestigious anthology shows Armchair Theatre (for ITV) and Play for Today (for the BBC). He directed for a variety of programmes throughout the 1970s, such as The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes and Love for Lydia. His film work includes I Can't... I Can't (1969), The Blood on Satan's Claw (1970), The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980) and Venom (1981).
Probably his best-known work came later in the decade. In 1978 he was the director of Dennis Potter's landmark drama serial Pennies From Heaven for the BBC, and the following year he directed the expensive science-fiction serial Quatermass, a Euston Films production for Thames Television, shown on the ITV network. Both of these productions are available on DVD, and the Pennies From Heaven release includes an audio commentary from Haggard.
More recent work has included the Gerry Anderson science-fiction series Space Precinct (1994), the Canadian film Conquest (1998) and various one-off TV dramas such as Eskimo Day (1996) Cold Enough For Snow (1997) and The Hunt (2001). He directed Academy Award winners, Vanessa Redgrave and Maximilian Schell in the 2006 mini-series, The Shell Seekers.
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