January 13, 1922|
Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, UK
|Died||June 1, 2006
St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, UK
He was founder-writer of influential police drama Z-Cars with Troy Kennedy Martin and wrote five of the first ten episodes and a total of 136 episodes for Z-Cars and spin-off series Softly, Softly. He also wrote several episodes of the 1970s science-fiction series Blake's 7.
He wrote more than thirty original plays for television, from episodes of Armchair Theatre to later works including The Charmer (1987) and A Perfect Hero (1991). In 1995 his radio play Führer was BBC Radio 4's flagship drama for its End of the War in Europe anniversary programmes.
- 1962 and 1964 Crime Writers' Association Award,
- 1962 and 1965 Writers Guild of Great Britain Award
- 1963 Grand Prix de Littérature Policière
- 1974 BAFTA Award
- Allan Prior at the Internet Movie Database
- Times obituary
- Guardian obituary
- Listing of radio plays at ukonline
- Appearance on Desert Island Discs 16 January 1979
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