Allan Prior

Allan Prior

Allan Prior (13 January 1922, Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 June 2006) was an English television script writer and novelist, with over 300 television scripts to his name since the 1950s.

He was founder-writer of influential police drama "Z Cars" with Troy Kennedy Martin and wrote five of the first ten episodes and a total of 136 episodes for "Z Cars" and spin-off series "Softly, Softly". He also wrote several episodes of the 1970s SF series Blake's 7.

He wrote more than thirty original plays for television, from early Armchair Theatre to more recent works including "The Charmer" and "A Perfect Hero".

In 1995 his radio play "Führer" was BBC Radio 4's flagship drama for its End of the War in Europe anniversary programmes.

He was the father of Steeleye Span singer Maddy Prior.


*1962 and 1964 Crime Writers' Association Award,
*1962 and 1965 Writers Guild of Great Britain Award
*1963 Grand Prix de Littérature Policière
*1974 BAFTA Award

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