He has written 12 TV plays, three radio plays, two films and twelve TV films including Old Flames, After Pilkington (winner of the Prix Italia) and the Emmy Award-winning Unnatural Pursuits.
He has also written six acclaimed works of non-fiction about life in and outside of the theatre, including the hugely successful The Smoking Diaries (2004) and The Year of the Jouncer (2006).
Most recently he finished a play about Dickens called Little Nell, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December of 2006 and will be staged this year, directed by Peter Hall. His work for both stage and screen has picked up numerous awards, and in 1991 he was named BAFTA Writer of the Year.
He was appointed Commander of the British Empire in
the 2005 New Year’s Honours for his services to drama and
literature. He and his wife Victoria live in London.