Obituary: Van Phillips

FURTHER to the obituary of Van Phillips (by David Shipman, 11 November), writes Andrew Faulds, it should be remembered that Phillips's later involvement in broadcasting in the 1950s started when Charles Chilton invited him to conduct the music in some of his BBC programmes, such as the musical documentary of the American Civil War The Blue and the Grey.

He contracted Phillips to conduct - and to compose - the music for Chilton's science fiction series Journey into Space, in which I played Jet Morgan.

That very atmospheric music helped to create the other-worldly effects that added to the programme's phenomenal success. And it was Chilton who introduced Phillips to photography with such admirable results.