Who was Peter Tinniswood?
Peter Tinniswood was best known for the collection of books Tales from a Long Room which were adapted into television and radio series. His career spanned over thirty years during which he wrote numerous articles, books, stage, radio and television plays, television comedy series, television dramas and radio broadcasts.
Peter was the author of 21 novels and books, in which he created the famous characters of Uncle Mort and the cricket-mad Brigadier from Witney Scrotum. He won Sony, Giles Cooper and Writers’ Guild awards for his radio plays and wrote, specifically for, among others, actors such as Dame Judi Dench, Jane Lapotaire, Maurice Denham, Richard Griffiths, Timothy West and Paul Schofield.
His first stage play, The Investiture was performed at Bristol Old Vic in 1972. Other plays were performed at Scarborough (directed by Alan Ayckbourn), Hampstead, Greenwich, The Bush, The Crucible Sheffield and The Royal National Theatre, where his version of Eduardo de Fillipo’s Napoli Millionaria starred Ian McKellen and was directed by Richard Eyre. The Last Obit won an Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award in 1998 and was last produced at The New End Theatre in 2002.
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