Michael J. Bird (31 October 1928, London – 11 May 2001, Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire) was an English writer. In addition to several novels, he is best known for his television drama series for the BBC which were usually set in the Mediterranean - The Lotus Eaters and Who Pays the Ferryman? were set in Crete, The Aphrodite Inheritance (1979) was set in Cyprus and The Dark Side of the Sun took place on Rhodes. His final series for the BBC ended this practice, Maelstrom, was set in Norway. Bird also wrote for the following series during his career: Danger Man, Special Branch, Quiller, The Onedin Line, Arthur of the Britons, Secret Army and Warship. Author of "The Town That Died: a chronicle of the Halifax disaster" Souvenir Press of London 1962 Bird formed his own production company "Gryphon Productions" and negotiated a number of co-productions with the BBC.