Plater, Alan

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(1935-2010) UK Television screenwriter and playwright, extremely prolific from the early 1960s until his death; he is of sf interest for his 1988 television version of Chris Mullin's Near Future A Very British Coup (1982), in which America subverts a left-leaning UK government (see Politics). The novel ends with the morally ambiguous forced resignation of the British prime minister in 1989; Plater's version is significantly altered: after the prime minister refuses to resign, a military coup begins, dramatically justifying the Paranoia that infuses the narrative. [JC]

Alan Frederick Plater

born Jarrow-on-Tyne, Tyne and Wear: 15 April 1935

died London: 25 June 2010


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