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Alan Plater dies aged 75

28th June 2010

Award-winning playwright Alan Plater has died at the age of 75 after battling cancer, his agent has confirmed.

Plater, who wrote more than 200 productions for stage, screen and radio, died on Friday (June 25th) after being admitted to a hospice in Hampstead, north London, earlier in the week.

Alexandra Cann, his agent, told the Press Association that the Hull-born writer, whose credits include comic drama Peggy for You, police series Z Cars and an adaptation of Anthony Trollope's The Barchester Chronicles, was a 'highly esteemed writer of television and plays'.

His most recent work - a period drama titled Joe Maddison's War - is set to be aired on ITV and stars Robson Green and Kevin Whately.

Paying tribute in the Guardian, theatre critic Mark Lawson said he was a 'notably versatile writer', adding: 'He wrote as he spoke: bright, funny, kind, socialist, proudly northern.'

Plater won the Dennis Potter Bafta Award in 2005 and received a lifetime achievement award from the Writers' Guild of Great Britain in 2007.

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