The Bill Craig Collection

A collection of material relating to the Scottish script writer, Bill Craig.

About Bill Craig

During his 40-year career, Glasgow-born Bill Craig (1930-2002) wrote some 400 scripts for television. He began as a reporter on the Scottish Daily Express before moving to London in 1955 to try his hand at television. TV serials gave him his first break and his early writing credits appeared on Compact and Probation Officer. He was a lead writer on the BBC's long-running Dr Finlay's Casebook and in the 1970s, he adapted Sunset Song, Cloud Howe and Grey Granite to great acclaim for the BBC. He contributed to Callan for ATV and wrote many episodes for the BBC's The Borderers. A President of the Writers' Guild, he worked tirelessly for his fellow writers. He was a brilliant negotiator and a fervent campaigner and was held in high esteem by entertainment unions both here and overseas.

About the collection

insert description

Cover, script for Sunset Song

A collection of material relating to the Scottish script writer, Bill Craig. It includes rehearsal scripts, a production photograph, news cuttings and correspondence. There are three pantomime scripts for Glasgow’s Theatre Royal and Alhambra Theatre in 1955 and 1956. The collection includes rehearsal scripts for his adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song trilogy, Compact, Callan, A Gift from Nessus, The Borderers and Scobie in September.

Finding aid

Bill Craig Collection listing of scripts (PDF, 136KB)

Further reading

1979 article from The Herald "Man Who Grieved Most in Making 'Morning Brooch'"

Obituary from the Guardian

Obituary from The Herald

Contact us

We welcome feedback from library users.

Contact us to let us know how we are doing or if you want to find out more.