Alfred Shaughnessy, who has died aged 89, achieved his greatest success in 1970, when he became script editor and chief writer of the television series Upstairs, Downstairs. What he contributed was, literally, a class act. His stepfather, the Hon Sir Piers "Joey" Legh, was equerry to the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) and master of the household to George VI; Shaughnessy could boast that when staying at Windsor castle, he had entertained the king and queen and the young princesses, Margaret and Elizabeth, with an impromptu cabaret.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
The Guardian has today published an obituary of former Guild member Alfred Shaughnessy, who died last month.