John Howard Davies

John Howard Davies

John Howard Davies (9 March 1939 – 22 August 2011) was an English television comedy producer, director and former child actor. He became famous for appearing in the title role of David Lean's film adaptation of Oliver Twist (1948). After joining the BBC as a production assistant in 1966, Davies became a hugely influential television director and producer, specialising in comedy. Davies played a key role in British television comedy across four decades, working variously as the commissioning producer, producer or director on many of the most successful comedy shows of the era, including The World of Beachcomber, Steptoe and Son, All Gas and Gaiters, The Benny Hill Show, Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Goodies, Fawlty Towers, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, Not The Nine O'Clock News, Only Fools and Horses, Yes, Minister, Blackadder and Mr. Bean. Davies was the producer of all four seasons of the hit BBC sitcom The Good Life, and was also responsible for ending Benny Hill's television career in the late 1980s.