Alan Plater Dies

Prolific television writer Alan Plater has died aged 75.

Plater, was born in Jarrow on 15th April 1935 before moving to Hull at an early age. His credits include Z Cars and the Beiderbecke trilogy.

As an author he penned six novels, but its his television writing that he will be best remembered. In 2005 he was awarded a BAFTA, while in the same year honoured with a CBE from the Queen. In 2007 he was bestowed a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Writers Guild of Great Britain.

Television credits range from his first television play, The Referees, which was written for BBC North in Manchester back in 1961, 30 episodes for Softly, Softly in 1966 – this a spin off series from Z Cars which he also penned editions of the parent show between 1963-65 – in 1982 he developed a highly respected adaptation of The Barchester Chronicles, in 1988 Channel 4’s acclaimed series A Very British Coup and in more recent times provided the BBC with The Last Of The Blonde Bombshells, which starred Dame Judi Dench in 2000.

His last episodic work broadcast was for ITV earlier this year, writing a number of editions for the Inspector Morse spin-off, Lewis. However his final screenplay, a World War II drama – Joe Maddison’s War – has yet to air. ITV intend to screen the drama, starring Robson Green later this year.

Alan Plater died after suffering from Cancer.