From the Daily Telegraph—He produced some of the best mini-series ever:
John Hawkesworth, a British film and television writer and producer best-known for the acclaimed period drama “Upstairs, Downstairs,” a trans-Atlantic television hit that became the most popular of PBS’ “Masterpiece Theatre” presentations, has died. He was 82. As a television producer and writer, he was known for his meticulous attention to historical detail and for what has been called the Hawkesworth stamp: interconnecting stories of characters and families. Among his credits are “The Duchess of Duke Street,” “Danger UXB,” “The Flame Trees of Thika” and “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.” But it was “Upstairs, Downstairs,” for which he wrote many of the early episodes, that established Hawkesworth as a top television producer. Originally produced for London Weekend Television from 1971 to 1975, the series told the story of the upper-class Bellamy family and their servants in a five-story London townhouse during the tumultuous years between 1903 and 1930.