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Alan Bleasdale  
 
Alan Bleasdale
 

Alan Bleasdale was born in Liverpool in 1946 and apart from three years' teaching in the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, has always lived on Merseyside. He is married with three grown up children.

Since leaving teaching in 1975 he has written two novels, a feature film, numerous short stories, 11 stage plays, six television plays and seven television series.

In 1983 the five-part television series, Boys From The Blackstuff, gained Alan Bleasdale a BAFTA Award, The Royal Television Society Award and the Broadcasting Press Guild Television Award as Writer of the Year. The series has been shown four times by the BBC.

His stage play about Elvis Presley, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, played in London's West End, with Martin Shaw in the lead for over a year, and won the London Evening Standard Musical of the Year Award. His last stage play, On the Ledge, toured nationwide before opening at the Royal National Theatre in 1993.

Other stage plays include Fat Harold And The Last 26, Down The Dock Road, It's A Madhouse, No More Sitting On The Old School Bench and Having A Ball.

 

Alan Bleasdale's award-winning television drama series, G.B.H., starring Robert Lindsay and Julie Walters, with Michael Palin and Daniel Massey was screened on Channel Four in 1991 and repeated the following year (Best Drama Series, Broadcasting Press Guild Awards 1991).

Bleasdale's feature film, No Surrender, won the Best film Award at the Toronto Film Festival in 1985.

Other television credits include The Muscle Market, Scully and The Monocled Mutineer.

In 1994 Alan Bleasdale produced four acclaimed films for Channel Four by writers new to television. This was followed by his television series Jake's Progress, starring Julie Walters and Robert Lindsay and won him Best Writer Award, Monte Carlo International Television Festival, 1996. Next came the hugely popular thriller Melissa, featuring Jennifer Ehle, Tim Dutton, Julie Walters, Michael Angelis and Bill Paterson.

Bleasdale's latest adaptation, Oliver Twist, with a cast including Robert Lindsay, Julie Walters, Lindsay Duncan and Michael Kitchen, won the Television and Radio Industry Club Best Drama of the Year Award, and continues to be a world-wide commercial and critical success.

In 2004 Bleasdale completed a cinema adaptation of Matthew Kneale's award-winning novel, English Passengers, and then in 2005 was commissioned by the BBC to write a four-part adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's Barry Lyndon.

Alan is currently working again for the BBC on a co-production entitled The Sinking of the Laconia.

 

 

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