Alan Plater

Playwright and screenwriter Alan Plater has died at the age of 75, He was born in Jarrow-on-Tyne, England, although his family moved to Hull when he was a young child. Jarrow was much publicised as a severely economically depressed area before the Second World War, and Plater has commented that returning to the area for holidays was a source of much bemusement for his family and friends He first made his mark as a scriptwriter for Z Cars. His subsequent credits include The Stars Look Down (1974), Oh No, It’s Selwyn Froggitt!, The Journal of Vasilije Bogdanovic, the musical Close the Coalhouse Door with songwriter Alex Glasgow from the writings of Sid Chaplin, Get Lost! (1981), The Beiderbecke Affair (1985), and its two sequels, Misterioso, Oliver’s Travels, a 1980 adaptation of J.B. Priestley’s The Good Companions for Yorkshire Television, a film adaptation of George Orwell’s Keep the Aspidistra Flying, He also contributed to the BBC series Dalziel and Pascoe, and adapted Chris Mullin’s novel A Very British Coup (1988) for television. He was the driving force behind the TV version of Flambards, which under his influence was slanted well to the political left of K. M. Peyton’s original books. Jazz is a recurring motif through much of his work, often referenced explicitly as well as underpinning his story structures.

His most recently-seen work was four episodes of detective serial Lewis, the last of which screened earlier this year.


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