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Alan-plater
Alan Frederick Plater CBE FRSL (15 April 1935 – 25 June 2010) was an English playwright and screenwriter who worked extensively in British television from the 1960s to the 2000s. He wrote the screenplay for the episode A Tale of Two Hamlets for the popular ITV crime drama Midsomer Murders.

Plater was born in Jarrow, England, although his family moved to Hull in 1938. He attended Kingston High School. Plater was married to Shirley Johnston (1958–85), with whom he had two sons and a daughter, and later Shirley Rubinstein (from 1986) gaining three stepsons; they had three grandchildren living in Yorkshire, and six in Newcastle, as well as various others scattered around the UK, 16 in all.

Plater died of cancer at a London hospice at the age of 75.

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