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From his early scripts for the groundbreaking police series Z Cars to an adaptation of Chris Mullin's political novel A Very British Coup and his own comedy-drama creations such as his Beiderbecke Trilogy, Alan Plater was a prolific writer who brought to television a dry humour and the authentic conversation of ordinary people

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Ah, the irony of Hollywood having a moral code in a country that has always been strangely prudish when it comes to certain elements in films. Violence, guns and swearing are fine, but nudity? Well, that's harder to countenance. Luckily, the Julia Roberts starrer Eat Pray Love has managed to fend off the prudes. Director Ryan Murphy and producer Dede Gardner recently appealed the R rating it was originally awarded by the Classification and Ratings Administration of the MPAA. It has now been granted a far less restrictive PG-13 rating for "brief strong language, some sexual references and male rear nudity". The movie is based on Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir and stars Roberts as a divorcee on a globetrotting self-discovery trip.

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Furio Scarpelli: Award-winning screenwriter whose credits include ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’

Furio Scarpelli, usually writing in tandem with Agenore Incrocci, scripted many popular Italian comedy films as well as more serious fare.

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True West, Crucible, Sheffield

You wouldn't want to live in this anonymous neighbourhood off a Californian freeway. Despite the projections of blossomy trees in full leaf, the formulaic kitchen in which Sam Shepard set True West suggests an unhealthily claustrophobic environment where, as Shepard put it, "people lose the will to go on".

Simon Monjack: The short life and lonely death of a showbiz widower

Simon Monjack was inconsolable after Brittany Murphy's death. Now he has followed his wife to an early grave

Actress Brittany Murphy's husband Simon Monjack found dead

The British-born husband of late actress Brittany Murphy has been found dead, just five months after he lost his wife.

Bad Lieutenant, Werner Herzog, 122 mins (18)

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Canned Cannes: Dustin's new direction

Dustin Hoffman did not have to think too long or too hard when he was offered the chance to direct his first film, according to Jane Wright, the managing director of BBC Films, which will make Quartet, the actor's debut from behind the camera lens. A British venture starring Dame Maggie Smith, Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay as ageing opera singers, Hoffman reportedly accepted the challenge with considerable excitement. He had made known his desire to venture into directing, said Ms Wright, adding: "He's got access to incredible amounts of material. This film is the one he really wanted to do". The 72-year-old was, according to BBC Films, "slightly in awe of the cast". It seems beyond doubt that they will be in awe of their director.

Stephen Hearst: BBC executive who defended the Corporation from attacks by Thatcher’s government

When Margaret Thatcher's Government launched its assault on the BBC's ethos and assumptions in the early 1980s, Stephen Hearst was among the most prominent of the Corporation's senior figures who mounted a rearguard action in defence of its independence. To a large extent they failed; for although the battle continues, vital ground has been ceded. Yet there are many who believed – and still do believe – that the Reithian heritage was worth fighting for.

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