Keith Dewhurst

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Keith Dewhurst (born 24 December 1931) is an English playwright and television scriptwriter.


Born in Oldham, Keith Dewhurst was educated at Rydal School and Peterhouse, Cambridge, graduating with a B.A. in English in 1953. After working as a yarn tester for Lancashire Cotton Corporation, he worked for the Manchester Evening Chronicle from 1955 to 1959,[1] as their reporter on Manchester United.[2]

Dewhurst has written television plays since 1960, and plays for the theatre since the late 1960s. He has also written radio plays and a couple of novels.[1] His non-fiction Underdogs (2012) tells the story of Darwen FC's long run in the 1879 F.A. Cup.[2][3]


  • Running Milligan. Televised 1965. Published in Michael Marland, ed., Z Cars: Four Scripts from the Television Series, 1968.
  • Rafferty's Chant. Produced at the Mermaid Theatre, 1967. Published in Plays of the Year33, 1967.
  • Corunna!. Produced 1971.
  • Kidnapped, adaptation of novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Produced 1972.
  • The Bomb in Brewery Street. Produced 1975.
  • Lark Rise, adaptation of works by Flora Thompson. Produced 1978.
  • Candleford, adaptation of works by Flora Thompson. Produced 1979.
  • Don Quixote, adaptation of novel by Cervantes. Produced 1982.
Television plays
  • Albert Hope, 1962
  • The Siege of Manchester, 1965
  • Men of Iron, 1969
  • It Calls for a Great Deal of Love, 1969
  • Lloyd-George, 1973
  • Our Terry, 1975
  • Underdogs: the unlikely story of football's first FA Cup heroes, Yellow Press, 2012.


  1. ^ a b Christopher Smith, 'Keith Dewhurst', in K. A. Berney, ed., Contemporary British Dramatists, Gale, 1994, pp.187-91
  2. ^ a b Hunter Davies, The triumph of failure, The Spectator, 10 March 2012
  3. ^ John Crace, 'Underdogs: The Unlikely Story of Football's First FA Cup Heroes by Keith Dewhurst – review', The Guardian, 21 March 2012

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