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Peter Bowker (born 1958) is a Britishmarker playwright and screenwriter. He is best known for the television serials Blackpool (2004), a musical drama about a shady casino owner; Occupation (2009), which follows three military servicemen adjusting to civilian life after a tour of duty in Iraq; and Desperate Romantics (2009), a biographical drama about the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. In 2007, he adapted Blackpool for CBS as Viva Laughlin.


Born and raised in Hazel Grovemarker, Stockportmarker, Bowker read philosophy and English at the University of Leedsmarker. He taught for twelve years in a Leedsmarker hospital unit for the mentally handicapped, and went on to study for an M.A. in creative writing at the University of East Angliamarker, where his tutors were novelists Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain. He switched to the screenwriting course after realising he preferred writing dialogue.

Bowker began his career writing for the long-running BBC medical drama Casualty in 1992. He wrote seven episodes of the series, including the 1993 episode "Boiling Point", in which the emergency department is burnt down by rioters. "Boiling Point" attracted 17 million viewers and hundreds of complaints, and led to Bowker writing for Medics and Peak Practice.

Bowker later began to write his own works for television, and in 2002 contributed the play Flesh and Blood to the BBC2 season on sex and disability. It was hailed as a breakthrough in the representation of learning disability. He has also contributed updated versions of "The Miller's Tale" and A Midsummer Night's Dream for the BBC's The Canterbury Tales and Shakespeare ReTold series (2003 and 2005, respectively).

Bowker executive produced both Viva Laughlin and Wuthering Heights. His future projects include an adaptation of Mark Haddon's novel, A Spot of Bother, a 'big medical drama' series for ITV1, and a biopic of Morecambe and Wise for the BBC, which is yet to be commissioned.

In 2009, Bowker rose back to prominence with a series of high profile and critically acclaimed serial dramas. Occupation starring James Nesbitt and Stephen Graham ran for three consecutive nights on BBC One as a piece of event television, based upon the backdrop of the Iraq War. It averaged approximately 4 million viewers across the 3 nights and was described by The Independant as a "masterly production" as well as gaining praise across the wider media. He followed this in August with another BBC drama Desperate Romantics and in the same month he was lauded for his adaptation of Emily Brontë's classic novel Wuthering Heights for ITV.



  1. Peter Bowker - Biography IMDB. Retrieved on 2009-09-01.
  2. Peter Bowker - Filmography as Producer IMDB. Retrieved on 2009-08-08.

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