George Markstein

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born: (1929)

Died: (January 15, 1987) A British writer of thrillers and teleplays.

He was born in Germany but emigrated to England with the rise of the Nazis. He worked as a crime reporter and a military correspondent with the US Army during the Cold War. From then on he was hooked on the study of espionage. He turned from documentary writing for television to drama, creating The Prisoner, before writing for Callan and Armchair Theatre. Together with Patrick McGoohan, he was the co-creator of the series The Prisoner, having served as script consultant and editor on McGoohan's Danger Man series.

He was co-winner of the British Writers' Guild Award for the Best Original Screenplay for the feature film Robbery in 1967, wrote the screenplay for The Odessa File and was Executive Story Editor for Thames Television before turning to full-time writing.

Markstein actually makes a fleeting appearance at the start of almost every episode of The Prisoner - as the bald, bespectacled 'man behind the desk', to whom McGoohan's character is seen angrily handing his letter of resignation.

TV Shows



Chance Awaking 1977 Souvenir Press

Chance Awaking 1978 Pan

The Cooler 1975_club_associates

The Cooler 1975 macmillan

The Cooler 1989 collier

The Cooler 1974 doubleday garden city

Ferret 1983 Hodder

Ferret 1984 new english library

The Goreing Testerment 1979 Ballantine NY

The Goreing Testerment 1979 Pan

The man from yesterday 1976 Hodder

The man from yesterday 1977 pan books

The Soul hunters 1986 hodder and stoughton London

Soul Hunters 1988

Tara Kane 1979

Traitor for a Cause 1979 bodley head

Traitor for a Cause 1980 new english library

Traitor for a Cause 1980 new english library (verso)

Traitor for a Cause 1983 ulverscroft

Ultimate Issue 1981 ballantine books usa

Ultimate Issue 1981 ballantine books usa (verso)

Ultimate Issue 1981 new english library

Ultimate Issue 1982 new english library