Doctor Who's first producer passed away on Thursday, November 22nd 2007.
Born on November 27th, 1935, Lambert had followed her boss Sydney Newman from commercial tv to the BBC where she was given the position of producer of Doctor Who. Leaving after two seasons, she demonstrated success at everything she turned her hand to. Following a nervous breakdown in 1969 she returned to commercial tv, running Thames Television's drama department and becoming the chief executive of Euston Films. In the mid-eighties she formed Cinema Verity, and was awarded an OBE in 2002.
Productions she was associated with include: Adam Adamant Lives! (1966-67), The Naked Civil Servant (1975), Rumpole of the Bailey (1978-92), Minder (1979-94), Quatermass (1979), Fox (1980), Danger UXB (1979), Widows (1983), Reilly - Ace of Spies (1983) and Jonathan Creek (1997).
She was 71.
BBC obituary and tributes: <http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/ news/cult/news/drwho/2007/11/23/50936.shtml >
I think it should be said that Verity Lambert was a pioneer in many ways.
Certainly in the early 1960s there weren't that many female tv producers, and it would have taken a lot of courage to stand up to the old boys network at the BBC.
That she did so with grace and enthusiasm whilst building up the mythos of Dr Who should be applauded.