Z Cars writer Jack Gerson dies following long illness

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Glasgow-born writer Jack Gerson has died in hospital at the age of 83.

Mr Gerson, who was of Lithuanian descent, got his break in television in the early 1960s when he won a BBC playwriting competition and, as a result, his play Three Ring Circus was shown nationwide

He went on to write extensively for television and was also the author of more than a dozen books.

He died at Blawarthill Hospital in Glasgow on Sunday morning after a long illness.

Glasgow Equity officer Kate McCall, who worked with the playwright at the BBC and STV, said: “He has been ill for quite a number of years, but in his day he was one of the leading writers in Glasgow.”

One of his television series, The Omega Factor, told the story of a television journalist whose psychic powers brought him to the attention of the security forces.

As well as The Omega Factor, This Man Craig (which starred John Cairney), Sutherland’s Law and Z Cars, Gerson wrote The Regiment, in which Christopher Cazanove played the lead role.

His daughter, the actress and former ballet dancer Natasha Gerson, paid tribute to the “wonderful staff at Blawarthill Hospital who helped to make his final months memorable and comfortable”.

His funeral will take place at Linn Crematorium in Glasgow on Wednesday, 9 May.