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Nationality  British
Education  University of Leeds
Role  Playwright
Name  Peter Bowker
Genre  Drama

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Occupation  Screenwriter, playwright
Notable works  Blackpool Occupation Desperate Romantics
Notable awards  RTS Award for Best Writer 2002 Flesh and Blood 2009 Occupation Awarded Doctorate of Letters at University of Keele 16th July 2015
Awards  British Academy Television Award for Best Single Drama
Nominations  British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series
Movies and TV shows  Marvellous, From There to Here, Blackpool, Desperate Romantics, Eric and Ernie
Similar People  Neil Baldwin, Julian Farino, Franny Moyle, Gemma Jones, Nick Murphy

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Peter Bowker (born 1958) is a British playwright and screenwriter. He is best known for the television serials Blackpool (2004), a musical drama about a shady casino owner; Occupation (2009), which follows three military servicemen adjusting to civilian life after a tour of duty in Iraq; and Desperate Romantics (2009), a biographical drama about the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. In 2007, he adapted Blackpool for CBS as Viva Laughlin.


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Born and raised in Hazel Grove, Stockport, Bowker was educated at Marple Hall School and read philosophy and English at the University of Leeds. He taught for twelve years in a Leeds hospital unit for the intellectually disabled, and went on to study for an M.A. in creative writing at the University of East Anglia, where his tutors were novelists Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain. He switched to the screenwriting course after realising he preferred writing dialogue.

Bowker began his career writing for the long-running BBC medical drama Casualty in 1992. He wrote seven episodes of the series, including the 1993 episode "Boiling Point", in which the emergency department is burnt down by rioters. "Boiling Point" attracted 17 million viewers and hundreds of complaints, and led to Bowker writing for Medics and Peak Practice.

Bowker later began to write his own works for television, and in 2002 contributed the play Flesh and Blood to the BBC Two season on sex and disability. It was hailed as a breakthrough in the representation of learning disability. He has also contributed updated versions of "The Miller's Tale" and A Midsummer Night's Dream for the BBC's The Canterbury Tales and Shakespeare ReTold series (2003 and 2005, respectively).

In 2009, Bowker rose back to prominence with a series of high profile and sometimes critically well-received serial dramas. Occupation, based upon the backdrop of the Iraq War and starring James Nesbitt and Stephen Graham, ran for three consecutive nights on BBC One. It averaged approximately 4 million viewers across the three nights and was described by The Independent as a "masterly production", as well as gaining praise across the wider media. Bowker followed this with another BBC drama, Desperate Romantics, which received mixed reviews, and an adaptation of Emily Brontë's classic novel Wuthering Heights for ITV.

Bowker executive produced both Viva Laughlin and Wuthering Heights. He won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Writer for both 2002, for Flesh and Blood, and 2009, for Occupation.

Bowker's projects have included an adaptation of Mark Haddon's novel, A Spot of Bother, a medical drama series called Monroe for ITV1, and the biographical BBC film Eric and Ernie about Morecambe and Wise, broadcast on 1 January 2011. In 2015, he wrote the three-part BBC series Capital based on John Lanchester's novel of the same name.


  • Casualty (various episodes; 1992–97)
  • Medics (various episodes; 1993)
  • Out of the Blue (1995–96)
  • Peak Practice (various episodes; 1995)
  • The Uninvited (1997)
  • Where the Heart Is (various episodes; 1998)
  • Undercover Heart (1998)
  • A Christmas Carol (2000)
  • Hidden Treasure (2001)
  • Flesh and Blood (2002)
  • The King and Us (2002)
  • "The Miller's Tale" (The Canterbury Tales; 2003)
  • Single (various episodes; 2003)
  • Blackpool (2004)
  • "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Shakespeare ReTold; 2005)
  • Viva Blackpool (2006)
  • Viva Laughlin (co-written with Bob Lowry; 2007)
  • Occupation (2009)
  • Desperate Romantics (2009)
  • Wuthering Heights (2009)
  • Eric and Ernie (2011)
  • From There to Here (2014)
  • Marvellous (2014)
  • Capital (2015)
  • The A Word (2016)
  • References

    Peter Bowker Wikipedia