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Alan Frederick Plater, CBE (born 15 April 1935) is an English playwright and screenwriter, who has worked extensively in British television from the 1960s to the 2000s.
Plater was born in Jarrow-on-Tyne, England, although his family moved to Hull when he was a young child. Plater trained as an architect at King's College, Newcastle (later the University of Newcastle), but never practised in the profession. Plater stayed in the north of England for many years after he became prominent in his profession.
He first made his mark as a scriptwriter for Z Cars. His credits include The Journal of Vasilue Bogdanovic, Close the Coalhouse Door, The Beiderbecke Affair, Oliver's Travels, and more recently, Peggy for You, which was nominated in 2001 for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award. He has also contributed to the BBC series Dalziel and Pascoe, and he adapted Chris Mullin's novel A Very British Coup (1989) 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.
Plater served as president of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain from September 1991 until April 1995. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Hull and the University of Northumbria in Newcastle. In the New Year's Honours List published 31 December 2004 he was created a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to Drama.
Plater currently lives in London with his wife Shirley.
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