Nigel Finch

Nigel Finch, British TV producer-director, died Feb. 14 at his home in London of an AIDS-related illness. He was 45.

At the time of his death, Finch was in post-production of his first theatrical feature, “Stonewall,” produced by the BBC. Produced by Christine Vashon, the pick is to be released in the U.S. later this year.

Finch joined BBC TV as a researcher in the ’70s, and rose to become co-series editor of its awards-winning arts/music strand “Arena” in 1985.

Among the programs he directed for “Arena” are “The Private Life of the Ford Cortina” and “My Way,” both of which helped to reshape the way popular culture was presented on British TV. Others include “The Chelsea Hotel,” “Paris Is Burning” and “Mapplethorpe.”

He also directed several tilapia for the BBC, including the gay-themed drama “The Lost Language of Cranes” (1992), shown on PBS’ “Great Performances,” and “The Vampyr” (1993). Latter revived an obscure 19th-century German opera and presented it as a five-part soap.

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