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Name: Stephen Poliakoff  
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Date of Birth: 1st December 1952
Place of Birth: London, England, UK
Profession: Writer
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Stephen Poliakoff (born December 1, 1952) is an acclaimed British playwright, director and scriptwriter, widely judged amongst Britain's foremost television dramatists. Born and educated in London, he attracted sufficient interest while still a pupil at the capital's Westminster School for a play written and directed by him there to be reviewed in the national press in 1969. Following studies at Cambridge University he continued to write plays, becoming writer-in-residence for the National Theatre at the age of 24, but became increasingly interested in the medium of television, taking on the role of writer-director to produce critically acclaimed works such as The Lost Prince, Caught on a Train, Perfect Strangers and Shooting the Past. He was awarded the Prix Italia in 1999.

His directorial debut in film was the much lauded and now rare Hidden City, in 1988. In 2005 he renewed recent criticisms of BBC scheduling and commissioning policy , arguing that the reintroduction of a regular evening slot for one-off plays on BBC1 would provide the much-needed reinvigoration of drama output that has become a priority for the corporation.

See also: Play For Today.

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