Playwright, born in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, SWC England, UK. He studied at Oxford, and was a journalist and TV critic before he began writing plays. Although he wrote for the stage (Sufficient Carbohydrate, 1984), he was primarily a television dramatist. His first success was Vote, Vote, Vote for Nigel Barton (1965). Other plays include Brimstone and Treacle (1976), Blue Remembered Hills (1979, BAFTA), Cream in my Coffee (1982, Prix Italia), The Singing Detective (1986), and Lipstick on Your Collar (1993). Several dealt with controversial topics, such as the treatment of the self-doubting Christ in Son of Man (1969). His work was often technically innovative, as in Pennies from Heaven (1978), which required the actors to mime to popular songs of the 1920s and 1930s that intercut the action. His work includes a novel, Hide and Seek (1973). He completed Karaoke and Cold Lazarus just before his death.
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