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Alan Plater (1935–2010)

Born in Jarrow in 1935, Alan Plater was brought up in Hull, and trained as an architect in Newcastle. He has been a full-time writer since 1961, with over two hundred assorted credits in radio, television, theatre and film - plus six novels, occasional journalism, broadcasting and teaching. His first plays were written for radio, a medium he still ... See full bio »

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(age 75) in London, England, UK

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 2010 Joe Maddison's War (TV Movie) (written by)
 2007-2010 Inspector Lewis (TV Series) (screenplay - 4 episodes)
- Your Sudden Death Question (2010) ... (screenplay)
- The Quality of Mercy (2009) ... (screenplay)
- And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea (2008) ... (screenplay)
- Old School Ties (2007) ... (screenplay)
 2006 The Afternoon Play (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2004 Belonging (TV Movie) (screenplay)
 2003 Midsomer Murders (TV Series) (screenplay - 1 episode)
- A Tale of Two Hamlets (2003) ... (screenplay)
  Dalziel and Pascoe (TV Series) (screenplay - 2 episodes, 1996 - 1998) (writer - 2 episodes, 1996 - 1997)
- Bones and Silence (1998) ... (screenplay)
- Deadheads (1997) ... (writer)
- An Advancement of Learning (1996) ... (writer)
- A Clubbable Woman (1996) ... (screenplay)
 1997 A Merry War (screenplay)
 1996 Ruth Rendell Mysteries (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Simisola: Part One (1996) ... (writer)
 1995 Oliver's Travels (TV Mini-Series) (written by - 5 episodes)
- Do We Look Like That? (1995) ... (written by)
- The Farquhar Connection (1995) ... (written by)
- Why Did We Eat the Frogs? (1995) ... (written by)
- Land of My Fathers (1995) ... (written by)
- Looking for Aristotle (1995) ... (written by)
 1994 Doggin' Around (TV Movie)
 1993 Selected Exits (TV Movie)
 1993 Frank Stubbs (TV Series) (writer)
 1992 Maigret (TV Series) (screenplay - 2 episodes)
- Maigret and the Burglar's Wife (1992) ... (screenplay)
- The Patience of Maigret (1992) ... (screenplay)
 1991 The Play on One (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Misterioso (1991) ... (writer)
 1989 A Day in Summer (TV Movie)
 1989 Mystery!: Campion (TV Series) (screenplay - 2 episodes)
- Look to the Lady: Part Two (1989) ... (screenplay)
- Look to the Lady: Part One (1989) ... (screenplay)
  The Beiderbecke Connection (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 1988) (novel - 1 episode, 1988) (screenplay - 1 episode, 1988)
- What Do We Have on Hockey Sticks? (1988) ... (novel) / (screenplay)
- Is He the Lodger? (1988) ... (writer)
- Hello Sir, Hello Miss (1988) ... (writer)
 1988 A Very British Coup (TV Mini-Series) (screenplay - 3 episodes)
- Episode #1.3 (1988) ... (screenplay)
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... (screenplay)
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... (screenplay)
  The Beiderbecke Tapes (TV Mini-Series) (novel - 2 episodes, 1987) (screenplay - 2 episodes, 1987)
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... (novel) / (screenplay)
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... (novel) / (screenplay)
 1987 Fortunes of War (TV Mini-Series) (screenplay - 7 episodes)
- The Middle East: January 1943 (1987) ... (screenplay)
- Egypt: September 1942 (1987) ... (screenplay)
- Egypt: April 1941 (1987) ... (screenplay)
- Greece: October 1940 (1987) ... (screenplay)
- Romania: June 1940 (1987) ... (screenplay)
 1987 Tales of Sherwood Forest (TV Series) (creator)
 1986 The Return of Sherlock Holmes (TV Series) (dramatised by - 1 episode)
- The Man with the Twisted Lip (1986) ... (dramatised by)
 1986 Death Is Part of the Process (TV Movie) (script)
 1985 Coming Through (TV Movie) (written by)
 1985 Crystal Spirit: Orwell on Jura (TV Movie)
  The Beiderbecke Affair (TV Mini-Series) (novel - 6 episodes, 1985) (screenplay - 6 episodes, 1985)
- We Are on the Brink of a New Era, If Only... (1985) ... (novel) / (screenplay)
- That Was a Very Funny Evening (1985) ... (novel) / (screenplay)
- Um... I Know What You're Thinking (1985) ... (novel) / (screenplay)
- We Call It the White Economy (1985) ... (novel) / (screenplay)
- Can Anybody Join In? (1985) ... (novel) / (screenplay)
 1985 On Your Way Riley (TV Movie) (script)
 1984 Slagskämpen (screenplay)
 1984 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (TV Series) (dramatised by - 1 episode)
- The Solitary Cyclist (1984) ... (dramatised by)
 1984 Thank You, Mrs. Clinkscales (TV Movie)
 1983 Pride of our Alley (TV Movie) (script)
  Shades of Darkness (TV Series) (screenplay - 2 episodes, 1983) (script - 1 episode, 1983)
- Bewitched (1983) ... (screenplay)
- Feet Foremost (1983) ... (script)
- The Intercessor (1983) ... (screenplay)
 1983 The Consultant (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Extension of Credit (1983) ... (writer)
- Inheritance (1983) ... (writer)
- Audit (1983) ... (writer)
- Invitation to Tender (1983) ... (writer)
 1983 Women (TV Series) (script)
 1982 The Barchester Chronicles (TV Mini-Series) (dramatised by - 7 episodes)
- Part 7 (1982) ... (dramatised by)
- Part 6 (1982) ... (dramatised by)
- Part 5 (1982) ... (dramatised by)
- Part 4 (1982) ... (dramatised by)
- Part 3 (1982) ... (dramatised by)
 1981 Get Lost! (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Not a Proper Ending (1981) ... (writer)
- Kiss Me Quick (1981) ... (writer)
- The Vicar Did It (1981) ... (writer)
- Worried About Jim (1981) ... (writer)
 1980-1981 The Good Companions (TV Series) (adaptation - 9 episodes)
- Curtain Call (1981) ... (adaptation)
- Salvage Work (1981) ... (adaptation)
- A Wind in the Triangle (1981) ... (adaptation)
- Stumbling Chronicles (1980) ... (adaptation)
- Slippin' Round the Corner (1980) ... (adaptation)
 1980 Cribb (TV Series) (adaptation - 1 episode)
- Wobble to Death (1980) ... (adaptation)
 1979 Flambards (TV Mini-Series) (written by - 4 episodes)
- The Inheritance (1979) ... (written by)
- Sing No Sad Songs (1979) ... (written by)
- Edge of the Cloud (1979) ... (written by)
- Christina/The Blooding (1979) ... (written by)
 1972-1979 ITV Playhouse (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Short Back and Sides (1977) ... (writer)
- Seventeen Percent Said Push Off (1972) ... (writer)
 1978 BBC2 Play of the Week (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Night People (1978) ... (writer)
 1978 Selwyn (TV Series) (7 episodes)
- A Man for One Season (1978) ... (creator)
- Don't Make Waves (1978) ... (creator)
- I've Gotta Jockey (1978) ... (creator)
- Take a Tip from Selwyn (1978) ... (creator)
- Better Late Than Never (1978) ... (creator)
 1978 Curriculee Curricula (TV Movie)
 1978 Play for Love (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Party of the First Part (1978) ... (written by)
  Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt (TV Series) (7 episodes, 1974 - 1977) (writer - 15 episodes, 1976 - 1977)
- On the Feast of Selwyn (1977) ... (creator)
- Around the Houses (1977) ... (creator) / (writer)
- A Little Learning (1977) ... (creator)
- Sling Along with Selwyn (1977) ... (creator)
- Occupational Hazard (1977) ... (creator)
 1977 Premiere (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Give Us a Kiss, Christabel (1977) ... (writer)
 1977 Here I Stand... (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- By Christian Judges Condemned (1977) ... (writer)
 1977 Middlemen (TV Series) (writer - 6 episodes)
- Read Any Good Books Lately? (1977) ... (writer)
- A Bag of Mixed Nuts (1977) ... (writer)
- A Young Lady from Gloucester (1977) ... (writer)
- A Little Bit of Heaven (1977) ... (writer)
 1976 By Christian Judges Condemned (TV Movie)
 1976 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series) (script - 1 episode)
- Practical Experience (1976) ... (script)
 1975 Trinity Tales (TV Series) (writer - 6 episodes)
- The Man of Law's Tale (1975) ... (writer)
- The Wife of Batley's Tale (1975) ... (writer)
- The Joiner's Tale (1975) ... (writer)
- The Judy's Tale (1975) ... (writer)
- The Fryer's Tale (1975) ... (writer)
 1975 Willow Cabins (TV Movie)
 1975 The Stars Look Down (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 13 episodes)
- Marrers (1975) ... (writer)
- The Promised Land (1975) ... (writer)
- New Ground (1975) ... (writer)
- Rebuilding (1975) ... (writer)
- Victory (1975) ... (writer)
 1970-1975 Softly Softly: Task Force (TV Series) (12 episodes)
- Protection (1975)
- A Day's Work (1974)
- Trouble-Maker (1974)
 1975 The Loner (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Dawson's Encounter (1975) ... (writer)
- Dawson's Connection (1975) ... (writer)
- Dawson's Complaint (1975) ... (writer)
 1974 Juggernaut (additional dialogue)
 1974 Shoulder to Shoulder (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Annie Kenney (1974) ... (writer)
 1974 Bedtime Stories (TV Series)
 1974 Sporting Scenes (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Needle Match (1974) ... (writer)
 1973 Oranges & Lemons (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Brotherly Love (1973) ... (writer)
 1973 Play for Today (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Land of Green Ginger (1973) ... (writer)
 1972 The Edwardians (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Reluctant Juggler (1972) ... (writer)
 1970 The Virgin and the Gypsy (screenplay)
  The Wednesday Play (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 1970) (play - 1 episode, 1969) (screenplay - 1 episode, 1969)
- Rest in Peace, Uncle Fred (1970) ... (writer)
- Close the Coalhouse Door (1969) ... (play) / (screenplay)
 1966-1969 Softly Softly (TV Series) (written by - 15 episodes)
- Write Off (1969) ... (written by)
- On Christmas Day in the Morning (1968) ... (written by)
- Going Quietly (1968) ... (written by)
- An Old Song (1968) ... (written by)
- See the Rabbit (1968) ... (written by)
  The First Lady (TV Series) (series created & devised - 39 episodes, 1968 - 1969) (writer - 4 episodes, 1968)
- The Whips Are Out (1969) ... (series created & devised)
- A Cross for Sarah (1969) ... (series created & devised)
- A Banner with a Strange Device (1969) ... (series created & devised)
- And They Call That Progress (1969) ... (series created & devised)
- All in a Good Cause (1969) ... (series created & devised)
 1969 Scene (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Terry (1969) ... (writer)
 1965-1968 Theatre 625 (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- To See How Far It Is (1968) ... (writer)
- The Curse of the Donkins (1968) ... (writer)
- Murphy's Law (1968) ... (writer)
- Portraits from the North: The Nutter (1965) ... (writer)
 1965 Six of the Best (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Charlie's Place (1965) ... (writer)
  Z Cars (TV Series) (writer - 10 episodes, 1964 - 1965) (written by - 5 episodes, 1963 - 1964)
- Warning Shots (1965) ... (writer)
- Error of Judgement (1965) ... (writer)
- Suspected Murder (1965) ... (writer)
- The Mice Will Play (1965) ... (writer)
- Partners (1965) ... (writer)
 1965 Armchair Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Incident (1965) ... (writer)
 1965 Front Page Story (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Public Interest (1965) ... (writer)
 1964 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) (script - 1 episode)
- A Question of Happiness #4: Fred (1964) ... (script)
 1964 First Night (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Ted's Cathedral (1964) ... (writer)
 1963-1964 Crane (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Gypsy's Warning (1964) ... (writer)
- Return of a Hero (1963) ... (writer)
 1962 Smashing Day (TV Movie) (script)
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Other Works:

"Misterioso", Publisher: Mandarin, 1994 See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 1 Article | See more »
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Personal Quote:

Of the characters in The Beiderbecke Trilogy: "I 'hear' a scene in total and, although this might sound a bit barmy, I always say that I don't make it up. I just put Trevor and Jill in a situation and listen to what they say, watch what they do, and then copy it all down onto the page."

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He gave his last interview to the Radio Times, which was published in September 2010. See more »

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