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Alan Plater was born in Jarrow, brought up in Hull, and was a full-time writer, with over 200 assorted credits in radio, television, theatre and film, until his death in 2010. His plays have been performed at many British theatres, including Hull Truck, London's Bush Theatre and the Theatre Royal and Newcastle Playhouse. His TV work has included Z Cars, The Barchester Chronicles, The Beiderbecke Trilogy, Fortunes of War and A Very British Coup. His recent work includes the stage play, Shooting a Legend, the novel Oliver's Travels, seen on TV in a controversial dramatisation, as well as contributions to the BBC TV series, Dalziel and Pascoe. He was President of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain for four years.