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    Alan Plater at ITV




    Jarrow-born Alan Plater was one of Britain’s most cherished playwrights. Equally at home either adapting existing works or crafting his own stories, the pinnacle of his prolific output is arguably the highly successful Beiderbecke trilogy starring James Bolam and Barbara Flynn. Plater excelled in the creation of credible, engagingly ordinary characters embroiled in drama and intrigue (exemplified in Beiderbecke’s jazz-loving Geordie woodwork teacher, Trevor Chaplin); with a dry humour, class consciousness and frequent acknowledgement of the north-south divide, his skilful dialogue has been described as combining ‘The voice of Coronation Street with the spirit of Chekhov’. The winner of three BAFTA Awards, he received a CBE in 2005 and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

    This anthology celebrates the diversity of Alan Plater’s work for ITV, with a collection of single plays and classic episodes featuring outstanding performances by Helen Mirren, Kenneth Branagh, James Bolam, Alison Steadman, Michael Gambon, Dennis Waterman and Ray Brooks, among many others.

    The Beiderbecke Affair: What I Don’t Understand Is This…
    Jazz fan Trevor Chaplin wants only one thing: a set of Bix Beiderbecke records.                                         

    Oranges and Lemons: Brotherly Love
    An ex-docker is grieved that his two sons seem irreconcilable.

    Play for Love: The Party of the First Part
    Peter makes sure his eighteenth birthday party is one that his guests won’t forget.

    The Loner: Dawson’s Complaint
    Dawson is a man who aims is to change the world. This is the story of his failure.

    Coming Through
    Two plays set in different eras examine polarised attitudes towards D.H. Lawrence.

    Flambards: Christina
    Orphan Christina learns - painfully - the art of living among men.

    Shades of Darkness: The Intercessor
    A writer lodging in a ‘quiet’ house is disturbed by the sound of a child crying.

    Special Feature
    Calendar People: Playwrights
    Austin Mitchell interviews Alan Plater, Alan Ayckbourn and Colin Welland.

    • Catalogue Number : 7953547
    • Available Since : 07/03/2011
    • Classification 15
    • Number of Discs 2
    • Picture 1.33:1 / Colour
    • Sound Mono / English
    • Subtitles None
    • Region 2 / PAL
    • Time 355 mins approx
    • Short Name Alan Plater 1
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    Martin T
    12/18/2012

    Adam

    Very enjoyable stuff, quite forgotten how much Mr Plater had written!

    • 1 out of 1 people found this review useful.
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    Steve R
    12/15/2012

    Excellent

    Great series and long time coming

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      Alex Lydiate
      12/15/2012

      Alex Lydiate

      Plater claimed his two best-known characters, Trevor Chaplin and Jill Swinburne in the Beiderbecke series, were based on himself. Trevor represented his personal interests, jazz, football and snooker (the parallel of a Geordie in Yorkshire also fitted) while Jill represented his political beliefs such as conservationism, environmentalism and socialism. The couple were based on his earlier characters of Neville Keaton and Judy Threadgold in Get Lost! (1981).

      • 1 out of 1 people found this review useful.

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      Alan Plater at ITV

      Alan Plater at ITV

      Jarrow-born Alan Plater was one of Britain’s most cherished playwrights. Equally at home either adapting existing works or crafting his own stories, the pinnacle of his prolific output is arguably the highly successful Beiderbecke trilogy

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