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Harry Alan Towers (October 19, 1920 - July 31, 2009) was a London born radio and film producer and screenwriter, who produced over a hundred feature films and who continued to write and produce well into his eighties.

He sometimes used the pseudonym Peter Welbeck. The son of a theatrical agent he became a child actor, then became a prolific radio writer while serving in the Royal Air Force during World War II. In 1946 he and his mother Margaret Miller Towers started a company called Towers of London that sold various syndicated radio shows around the world, including The Lives of Harry Lime and The Black Museum with Orson Welles, The Secrets of Scotland Yard with Clive Brook, Horatio Hornblower in which Michael Redgrave played the famous character created by C.S. Forester, and a series based on the Sherlock Holmes stories, featuring Sir John Gielgud as Holmes, Sir Ralph Richardson as Watson, and Orson Welles as Professor Moriarty. Sir John's brother, Val Gielgud, directed several episodes. Many of these were sold to and played by Radio Luxembourg.

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