playwright, screenwriter, and director, born in London. His stage plays include Hitting Town (1975); City Sugar (1975); Breaking the Silence (1984), inspired by his Jewish grandfather's flight from the Russian Revolution; Playing with Trains (1989); and Blinded by the Sun (1996). His entry into television began with the controversial BBC Play for Today, Stronger than the Sun (1977), about a leak at a nuclear power plant. His one‐off dramas, Caught on a Train (1980), She's Been Away (1989), and The Lost Prince (2003), as well as the multi‐award‐winning series Shooting the Past (1999) with the follow‐up Perfect Strangers (2001), have received great critical and popular acclaim. His trademark languid style, use of rich visual imagery, and character‐led rather than plot‐driven scenarios are most in evidence in his self‐directed film and television work. Among his films are Close My Eyes (1990) and Century (1993).