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Stephen Poliakoff
Stephen Poliakoff

Stephen Poliakoff (born December 1, 1952) is an acclaimed British playwright, director and scriptwriter, widely judged amongst Britain's foremost television dramatists. Born and educated in London, England, he attracted sufficient interest while still a pupil at the capital's Westminster School for a play written and directed by him to be reviewed in the national press in 1969. Image File history File links Stephen_Poliakoff. ... Image File history File links Stephen_Poliakoff. ... December 1 is the 335th (in leap years the 336th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... The Royal College of St. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ...

Following studies at King's College, Cambridge he continued to write stageplays, becoming writer-in-residence for the National Theatre at the age of 24, but became increasingly interested in the medium of television, with Stronger Than the Sun (1977 - BBC1 Play for Today), Bloody Kids (1980 - ATV), Caught on a Train (1980 - BBC2 Playhouse) starring Peggy Ashcroft, and Soft Targets (1982 - Play for Today). There were also TV adaptations of his stageplays Hitting Town (1976 - Thames Television/ITV Play for Britain) and City Sugar (1978 - Scottish Television/ITV The Sunday Drama). Full name The Kings College of Our Lady and St Nicholas in Cambridge Motto Veritas Et Utilitas Truth and usefulness Named after Henry VI Previous names - Established 1441 Sister College(s) New College Provost Prof. ... The Royal National Theatre from Waterloo Bridge The Royal National Theatre is a building complex and theatre company located on the South Bank in London, England immediately east of the southern end of Waterloo Bridge. ... BBC One (or BBC1 as it was formerly styled) is the oldest United Kingdom, and indeed, the world. ... The Play for Today logo, seen here in the opening title sequence from 1976. ... Associated TeleVision Limited, later ATV Network and best known simply as ATV, was a British ITV company from 1955 until 1981. ... Caught On A Train was a critically successful British television drama written by Stephen Poliakoff, based on an overnight train journey across Europe, and following the route of a journey Poliakoff had himself made from London to Vienna. ... BBC Two (or BBC2 as it was formerly styled) was the second UK television station to be aired by the BBC. History The channel was scheduled to begin at 7:20pm on April 20, 1964 and show an evening of light entertainment, starting with the comedy show The Alberts and... Dame Edith Margaret Emily Ashcroft, DBE (22 December 1907–14 June 1991) was an English actress. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... ITV (Independent Television) is the name popularly given to the original network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. In England, Wales and southern Scotland, the network has been rebranded to ITV1 by ITV plc, the owners of... Scottish Television (stv central), now known as stv on air, is Scotlands largest independent television franchisee, and has held the ITV franchise for Central Scotland since 31 August 1957. ...

Poliakoff's first feature film was Runners, directed by Charles Sturridge, starring James Fox, Jane Asher, and Kate Hardie. It received a limited theatrical release in 1983, before being shown in Channel 4's legendary Film on Four strand. His directorial debut was the much-lauded and now rare Hidden City (1988), premiered at the Venice Film Festival and starring Charles Dance, Richard E Grant and Cassie Stuart. His televisual career continued with She's Been Away (1989) starring Peggy Ashcroft and also winning awards at Venice, before a return to film with the controversial Close My Eyes (1991), starring Clive Owen, Saskia Reeves and Alan Rickman in an elaborate reworking of the incest theme that had been central to Hitting Town, followed by Century (1993), with Owen, Dance and Miranda Richardson. Less successful were Food of Love (1997) with Grant, Nathalie Baye and Joe McGann and The Tribe (1998) starring Joely Richardson and Jeremy Northam, the latter eventually screened on BBC2 due to lack of a cinema distribution deal. A reel of film, which predates digital cinematography. ... The large and growing jargon of poker includes many terms. ... Charles Sturridge (born June 24, 1951) is a British television and movie director. ... James Fox (born 19 May 1939) is an English actor. ... Jane Asher (born April 5, 1946) is a British film and television actress and the author of several full-length novels. ... Channel 4 is a public-service television broadcaster in the United Kingdom (see British television). ... Hidden City was an acclaimed film by Stephen Poliakoff made in 1987. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Charles Dance OBE (born October 10, 1946 in Redditch, Worcestershire) is an English actor. ... Richard E. Grant (born Richard Grant Esterhuysen on May 5, 1957) is a British actor, born in Mbabane, Swaziland. ... Shes Been Away is a British television play by Stephen Poliakoff made in 1989, starring Dame Peggy Ashcroft, who won two awards at the Venice International Film Festival for her performance as did Geraldine James, and directed by Sir Peter Hall. ... Dame Edith Margaret Emily Ashcroft, DBE (22 December 1907–14 June 1991) was an English actress. ... Clive Owen (born October 3, 1964), is a critically acclaimed English actor, now a regular performer in Hollywood and independent American films. ... British Actress; Dune (2000) Mini-series, Close My Eyes (1991). ... Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (born February 21, 1946) is an English stage and screen actor. ... Miranda Richardson as Queenie in Blackadder II (1986) Miranda Richardson (born 3 March 1958, in Southport, Merseyside) is an English actress, noted for her distinctive ability to deeply delve into the minds of the characters she plays. ... Nathalie Baye (born July 6, 1948 in Mainneville, Eure, France) is an award winning French actress. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Joely Richardson Joely Richardson (born January 9, 1965 in the U.K.) is a British actress, who was born into a theatrical family. ... Jeremy Philip Northam (born December 1 1961 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England) is an English actor. ...

He subsequently decided to return to his favoured form of television, this time choosing a flexible serial format resulting in the acclaimed and Prix Italia[1]-winning Shooting the Past (1999), the fresh critical and audience success of Perfect Strangers (2001) and The Lost Prince (2003); the latter was recognised with an Emmy award. Late-2005 saw the one-off drama Friends and Crocodiles, with its overlapping companion-piece Gideon's Daughter appearing early the following year. The Prix Italia is an Italian broadcasting award. ... Shooting The Past was a critically-lauded television drama by Stephen Poliakoff, first broadcast by the BBC in 1999, focused around a photographic library threatened by closure, and the lives of its eccentric staff. ... Perfect Strangers was an acclaimed British television drama first aired in 2001, produced for the BBC Two network. ... Miranda Richardson as Queen Mary in The Lost Prince The Lost Prince is an acclaimed two-part British television drama, produced by Talkback Thames for the BBC and originally broadcast on BBC One in January 2003. ... An Emmy Award. ... Following the success of his Emmy-winning drama The Lost Prince, the writer-director Stephen Poliakoff returned with a film charting the shifting power between a boss and his secretary as their careers rise and fall in the rapidly changing workplace of Eighties and Nineties Britain. ... Gideons Daughter is the second of two BBC television dramas written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff, and featuring Bill Nighy and Miranda Richardson. ...

In 2005, he renewed recent criticisms of BBC scheduling and commissioning policy, arguing that the reintroduction of a regular evening slot for one-off plays on BBC1 would provide the reinvigoration of drama output that has become a priority for the corporation. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A play (noun) is a common literary form, usually consisting chiefly of dialog between characters, and usually intended for performance rather than reading. ... BBC One (or BBC1 as it was formerly styled) is the primary channel of the British Broadcasting Corporation. ...

His two latest dramas are scheduled to be broadcast in 2007: Poliakoff 2006 (working title) on BBC One, and Capturing Mary on BBC Two [2]. BBC One (or BBC1 as it was formerly styled) is the primary channel of the British Broadcasting Corporation. ... BBC Two (or BBC2 as it was formerly styled) was the second UK television station to be aired by the BBC and Europes first television channel to broadcast regularly in colour (from 1967), envisaged as a home for less mainstream and more ambitious programming. ...


Personal life

He is married to fellow scriptwriter Sandy Welch, with whom he has two children. He is also - via his mother - a cousin of Ivor Montagu, who co-wrote the screenplay for Scott of the Antarctic (1948). His brother, Martyn Poliakoff, is a Fellow of the Royal Society and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. He lives in London. Sandy Welch is a British scriptwriter. ... Ivor Goldsmid Samuel Montagu (23 April 1904, London, England – 5 November 1984, London) was a British filmmaker, screenwriter, producer and film critic. ... Scott of the Antarctic was a 1948 film about Robert Falcon Scotts explorations of Antartica. ... The Fellowship of the Royal Society was founded in 1660. ... The University of Nottingham is a leading research and teaching university in the city of Nottingham, in the East Midlands of England. ...

Other Poliakoff films

  • Termeszet (1981) (TV)
  • Doppelte Welt, Die (Germany, 1985) (TV)
  • She's Been Away (1989 - BBC)
  • Frontiers (1996)

See also

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External links

  Results from FactBites:
screenonline: Poliakoff, Stephen (1952-) Biography (561 words)
Stephen Poliakoff was born in London on 1 December 1952, to a Russian-Jewish father and an Anglo-Jewish mother.
Foregrounded instead are Poliakoff's recurring thematic preoccupations: the thrill of discovering concealed histories and secrets; the secret aspects of places and family; and the potential power of documents (especially photographs and film images) to help us retrieve the past and its undisclosed stories.
Poliakoff 's penchant for elaborate montage sequences, odd juxtaposition of sound and image, and discursive narratives fitting more comfortably within the extended length of a three or four hour serial.
Stephen Poliakoff - Search Results - MSN Encarta (111 words)
Poliakoff, Stephen, born in 1952, English playwright, screenwriter, and motion-picture director, who achieved recognition at an early age with...
Stephen, Sir Leslie (1832-1904), English biographer, critic, and philosopher, born in London, and educated at King's College and at the University...
Stephen, Saint (Protomartyr), known as The Protomartyr (died ad36?), first Christian martyr, according to the New Testament (see Acts 6, 7).
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