‘Z’ CARS WRITER VISITS CAMPUS
Writer and broadcaster Alan Plater described himself as ‘a professional northerner in exile’ when he spoke at a public lecture at the Lincoln campus.
Jarrow-born Mr Plater was educated in Hull where he got his first break into broadcasting through radio.
In what he called the ‘more democratic’ age of broadcasting of the 1970’s, many young writers such as himself were able to flourish in an atmosphere of encouragement and get their plays on radio and television.
But today it is a different story. “Ninety per cent of the decisions taken about broadcasting are made within a small area of west London - we are denying the regional richness of this country,” said Mr Plater.
In lecture, Mr Plater gave an overview of how broadcasting has changed over his working life, which took him down to London but made him determined to keep his regional identity. ‘Z’ Cars was one of his early television successes, others included ‘Softly Softly’ and the award-winning serial ‘A Very British Coup’.
“We took great pleasure in welcoming a writer of Mr Plater’s standing to the university,” said a university spokesperson. “His talk was very entertaining and gave a real insight into the life of a writer working in broadcasting.”
On Wednesday 14th April film producer Lord Puttnam was expected to give a public lecture as part of the series.
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