Peter Flannery

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Peter Flannery (born 12 October 1951, Jarrow, Tyne and Wear) is a British playwright and screenwriter. He was educated at the University of Manchester and is best known for his work while a resident playwright at the Royal Shakespeare Company in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Notable plays during his tenure include: Savage Amusement (1978), Awful Knawful (1978), and Our Friends in the North (1982). Other theatre work has included Singer (1989).

He is perhaps best known to a wider audience for his highly acclaimed television adaptation of Our Friends in the North, produced by the BBC and screened on BBC2 in 1996. The epic nine-part serial, charting the course of the lives of four friends from Newcastle from 1964 to 1995, was in 2000 voted by the British Film Institute as one of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes of the 20th century. Flannery's other television work has included Blind Justice (1988), a series about the work of radical lawyers. At the 1997 British Academy Television Awards, Flannery was given the honorary Dennis Potter Award for outstanding achievement in television writing.

In January 2007, he scripted an adaptation of Alan Hunter's Inspector Gently novels, entitled George Gently, for BBC One to be broadcast later in the year. George Gently is produced by Company Pictures, reuniting Flannery with Our Friends in the North producer Charles Pattinson, who co-runs Company and is an executive producer on the series alongside Flannery.[1] The drama was eventually shown on 8 April 2007.

Flannery has also worked in film, although with less success than in other media. He wrote the screenplays for films such as Funny Bones (1995) and The One and Only (2002).

In 2008 Channel 4 transmitted Flannery's most recent project, on which he worked for more than a decade. This was The Devil's Whore, about the English Civil War.[2]

Flannery's stage adaptation of Nikita Mikhalkov's film Burnt by the Sun opened at the National Theatre, London, in March 2009.[3] The cast included Irish actor Ciarán Hinds as General Kotov, Rory Kinnear as Mitya, and Michelle Dockery as Maroussia.[1].

Flannery lives in Wallingford, Oxfordshire.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Martin Shaw returns to BBC One in George Gently". bbc.co.uk. 2007-01-18. Retrieved 2007-01-19. 
  2. ^ Hastings, Chris (10 June 2007). "Channel 4 sexes up the Puritans". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Coveney, Michael (5 March 2009). "Burnt By The Sun, National Theatre, London". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 

References[edit]

  • Rebellato, Dan. The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre (ed. Colin Chambers). London. Continuum. ISBN 0-8264-4959-X.

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