Clive Exton Archive

Scope and Content

20 boxes containing papers and disks relating to the work of screenwriter, Clive Exton (1930 - 2007):

Screenplays include: Tobey's Wednesday, Trevor, Young and Sensitive, Twixt, Jeeves and Wooster, Bethnal Green, The Human Voice, Where I Live and I'll Have You to Remember, Some Talk of Alexander, Murder is Easy, Strangeways, Turnskin, Sonder Gaard, The Fireeaters, Cobbett, Don Quixote, Day the Call Came, Pirates, Unmarried Man, Angus Wilson, Colossus, Isadora, Dirty Washing, Butcher's Boy, One Fine Day.

It also includes: press cuttings and press packs.

Administrative / Biographical History

From his earliest days working on ITV's Armchair Theatre productions to his dramatisations for popular, lavishly produced series such as Agatha Christie's Poirot and Jeeves & Wooster, Clive Exton was a screenwriter who brought intelligence and depth to television drama. (see Saturday, 18 August 2007 Independent Newspaper).


Material is arranged in series chronologically by decade and project, with a separate series for general business and personal papers.

Conditions Governing Access

The Archives and Special Collections Centre is open Mon-Fri 1-5pm. It is advisiable to make an appointment before visiting; this can be done by email at or phone on 020 7514 9333.

Other Finding Aids

The full description for this archive can be viewed on UAL's online catalogue.

Conditions Governing Use

Many items in this collection has several different copyright holders. Material owned solely by Clive Exton is now the property of the Archives and Special Collections, UAL and as such the copyright for this material is also owned by the University. Limited copying for academic purposes is allowed.

Custodial History

The papers were in the possession of Mrs Mara Exton, following the death of her husband Clive Exton. The papers are donated to University of the Arts London in March 2010.