David Mahlowe, born 1928, actor, TV presenter, writer and publisher, worked for many years in repertory, including Bristol Old Vic, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Manchester Library Theatre. He worked in film and radio, before becoming a presenter in the early days of commercial television. He appeared in the BBC drama series Z Cars and the film A Kind of Loving directed by John Schlesinger, in 1962. A TV interview led to his move to TV presenting, for ABC In the North and as host for Tempo, commercial TV’s first arts magazine programme. He was the frontman for Ulster TV’s nightly news programme UTV Reports in the late 1960s and a valued interviewer for the series By This I Live, on which Mahlowe came to be regarded as ‘one of three first-rate practitioners in the delicate art of TV confrontation’, the other two being Malcolm Muggeridge and Bernard Levin.1 In 1967 he ‘interviewed’ the 17th Century Irish Satirist Dean Swift in the UTV play, The Scandalous Parson.
Together with his friend the artist and writer Eugene Halliday, and the Liverpool businessman and philanthropist Fred Freeman, Mahlowe was a founder member of the educational charity, the Institute for the Study of Hierological Values (Ishval). Halliday wrote a number of two-hander plays for Mahlowe and his wife the actor Marah Stohl. One, The Creation, was televised on BBC1 in 1971 and several were performed in Manchester churches.
In the mid-1980s Mahlowe founded The Melchisedec Press to publish the works of Eugene Halliday. As co-authors they wrote Shakespeare King Educator. After Halliday’s death in 1987, Mahlowe became his literary executor and chair of Ishval, which post he held until his early death in 1998.
1 Gerard McCreesh, writing in the Irish Independent on 17th April, 1969
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