TV DIY pioneer Harry Greene dies at age of 89

Harry Greene

Harry Greene

Harry Greene, one of UK TV’s first DIY presenters and the father of the former Blue Peter presenter Sarah Greene, has died at the age 89.

Mr Greene collapsed just days after returning home from a holiday with his daughter and her husband, fellow presenter Mike Smith.

In his early life Mr Greene toured as a theatre actor, and went on to appear on TV and publish DIY books. Mr Smith championed his father-in-law as a pioneer of DIY programmes on UK TV.

Born Henry Howard Greenhouse, Harry changed his surname to Greene in 1950 by deed poll.

Paying tribute on his blog, Mr Smith said his father-in-law was largely self-employed from his teenage years and worked his way from Wales to London via art college, Cardiff University, stage management, design, building, acting, writing and teaching children with special needs.

“My own dad had died back in ’76 – so Harry became particularly important to me,” Mr Smith added.

“He was one of those driven people.”

Mr Greene married Marjie Lawrence, an actress, in 1955 and they had three children. She died in 2010.

They worked together at Joan Littlewood’s theatre workshop at the Theatre Royal Stratford, east London.

Read the full BBC article here.

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