Ben Travers (1886-1980) was a British playwright best remembered for his long-running series of farces, which were first produced in the 1920s and 1930s. He is regarded as the master of the "Aldwych Farces". He had 21 plays produced. Many of these were made into films and later television productions. He also wrote novels and other works during a career spanning almost 60 years. Clive Francis is an actor, writer and illustrator. His highly successful adaptations include The Hound of the Baskervilles, Our Man in Havana, Three Men in a Boat, The Lavender Hill Mob and a one-man version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol.