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KENNY McBAIN, son of a Glasgow fruiterer, who became one of Britain's top independent television producers, has died aged 42 after an I8-month battle with Hodgkinson's Disease.

He died shortly after the series for which he will be best remembered, Inspector Morse, from the novels of Colin Dexter, won a Queen's Award for Export. The series, for Central Television, starred John Thaw as the world-weary, humanitarian inspector.

While breaking into television, McBain disguised his artistry by playing the part of the tough Scot. However, at Hutcheson's Grammar School he had been the head clarinettist of Glasgow Schools' Orchestra. He was also a gifted pianist and had considered a career in music.

He went to Harvard on an English-Speaking Union scholarship where he took a first degree in music. On his return to Britain he won a trainee directorship with Thames Television and concentrated on drama. Later he was to work as a director on Coronation Street, Dr Who, and Grange Hill.

His reputation was made with BBC's Mackenzie saga about a hardheaded Scottish property developer which was followed by the series Boon, starring Michael Elphick, a kind-hearted Morse-like character.

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