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Actor Michael Medwin who played radio station boss Don Satchley in BBC drama Shoestring dies aged 96

British actor Michael Medwin, best known for his role as radio station boss Don Satchley in the BBC detective series Shoestring, died in a Bournemouth hospital yesterday at the age of 96.

Medwin, who also played Scrooge's nephew in the film adaptation of A Christmas Carol, debuted his career on stage in 1940.

He appeared in films alongside Michael Caine, Albert Finney and Sean Connery. 

British actor Michael Medwin, pictured above, best known for his role as radio station boss Don Satchley in the BBC detective series Shoestring, died yesterday at the age of 96

Medwin (pictured right) as Don Satchley alongside Trevor Eve as Eddie Shoestring in the TV drama which ran for two series between 1979 and 1980

Lindsay Anderson's film If.... (1968), Charlie Bubbles (1968), Spring and Port Wine (1970) and O Lucky Man! (1973) are among the films Medwin produced. 

He was born in London in 1923 and educated in Dorset and Switzerland before being trained at the Italia Conti Academy in London. 

Medwin was made an OBE in 2005 for his services to drama. 

He married Sunny Sheila Black in 1960. The pair divorced 11 years later in 1971. 

Medwin (right) with Mr Eve (left) and Caroline Crowther, at the filming of the Christmas edition of the television programme Shoestring 

The actor debuted his Shoemaker role in 1979, with the BBC drama running for two series until 1980. 

His final roles on screen included appearing as a speechmaker in The Duchess, Carruthers in the TV series Heartbeat and Dr Louie Farraday in Framed. 

David Pugh, who formed a theatrical production company with Medwin in 1988, wrote on Twitter: 'To Michael thank you for everything I'm going to miss you so much'. 

A brief history of Medwin's extensive television career 

Michael Medwin was trained at the Italia Conti Academy in London

The British actor debuted his career on stage in 1940 

Medwin played Scrooge's nephew in the film adaptation of A Christmas Carol

He also appeared alongside Michael Caine, Albert Finney and Sean Connery 

He was best known for his role as radio station boss Don Satchley in the BBC detective drama Shoestring, which ran for two series between 1979 and 1980

He produced films such as Lindsay Anderson's If.... (1968), Charlie Bubbles (1968), Spring and Port Wine (1970) and O Lucky Man! (1973) 

The film producer was made an OBE in 2005 for his services to drama

His final on-screen appearances included The Duchess as a speechmaker, Carruthers in the TV series Heartbeat and Dr Louie Farraday in Framed