Welcome to the website of Robin Squire, novelist, screenwriter, playwright and jotter of notes on the backs of petrol receipts.
Rob began his working life as an accounting machine salesman – but found he spent more time writing vague ideas on paper napkins in greasy spoon cafés than actually selling anything.
Robin Squire – Author
While renting a room in a house near Portobello Road in London, Rob met a fellow-tenant who used to run a pop group, so he borrowed a tape recorder and many beery sessions later had the material for his first novel, Square One, which was published in hardback by W.H. Allen (paperback by New English Library as The Big Scene), which caused him to ditch his sales job, a decision brought into question many a time since, though that book – about which he was interviewed on radio by a youthful Terry Wogan – led to his being attached to BBC TV for six months in the Doctor Who office, during which time, rather to his surprise, he found himself playing the first monster (an Auton) to move across our TV screens in colour, with Jon Pertwee in pursuit.
But other books followed, including A Portrait of Barbara, published by St. Martin’s Press and Sphere; and, after meeting film director Norman Cohen, Rob found himself working on a script in South Africa with the unprepossessing title of Shoot, Bastard, Shoot!, which wasn’t a huge success but a real laugh as long as you weren’t watching it. He even got paid.
Since then he has written and rewritten numerous rewritten rewrites of rewritten versions of earlier rewrites of his screenplays, not all of which got made, yet the experience of shaping and reshaping them into their final form has created what might be termed a colourful and intriguing portfolio (well, colourful and intriguing to him); while a film on which he was an increasingly forlornly isolated writer – which featured a rather pompous British actor who has since become internationally famous, and a brilliant classical actress who should perhaps have known better – inspired his wry diary-based memoir The Unmaking of a Britflick, which retains the power to make him chuckle into his whisky mac at the day’s end even if nobody else gets the joke. More recently, Little, Brown published his novel The Mystery of the Stolen Brides on their Crime Vault site, which began life as a ‘horror’ film script with Christopher Lee in the main role, so he continues to have filmic visions for that too.
At the moment Robin is just completing a novel about a truly extraordinary paranormal investigator, which he hopes will be the first of several; also, having recently joined forces with a media lawyer and film producer, a screenplay of his is currently being realigned by a dynamic young director, about which more soon.
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Robin Squire Paint-Grinder
Rob has been an infantry soldier in the British Army (in which he got lots of blisters and became a qualified rifle marksman), house-cleaner, bingo steward, spare parts driver, hot-dog seller, magazine journalist, car-jockey, security guard, TV extra, professional proofreader, factory paint-grinder, ditch-digger, copy-editor, and even sold encyclopaedias door to door. His recent work includes Lavender Days, a romantic novella set in Provence.
Robin Squire, BBC and Doctor Who Auton
Seeing the Beatles in live performance during a happy-go-lucky hitch-hiking trip to the South of France ‘way back before when was invented’ inspired his first novel Square One. By an extraordinary sequence of fate and synchronicity, Square One led to his joining the BBC as a reader and grader of incoming scripts in the Script Unit and a trainee script editor in the Doctor Who office.
Later, by further quirks of chance, he found himself playing the first monster to appear in colour on our television screens on Jon Pertwee’s debut as the Doctor. His memoir about the unlikely sequence of events was published in September 2014 under the title The Life and Times of a Doctor Who Dummy. The foregoing book is now available in print and Kindle formats, should anyone fancy a trip back in time without having to bother breaking into the Tardis. Chris Chapman interviews Rob by on the BBC DVD titled Mannequin Mania, issued on BluRay in June 2013.
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Rob and Martin Dean
Robin has two lovely daughters, is a proud grandad, and currently lives in deepest Hertfordshire, from where he occasionally (pre-Covid, that is) ventures forth to make a nuisance of himself singing with a beautiful lady in care homes and startling the residents with his Martin Dean (as opposed to Dean Martin) voice, which needs to be heard to be believed – as a fleeing visitor was heard to shout.
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