Playwright who wrote comic plays dealing with serious subjects, such as A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.
He studied acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and worked as a teacher while writing teleplays.
His works A Day in the Death of Joe Egg and The National Health were both nominated for Tony Awards for Best Play.
He has one son with his longtime wife.
He and Oscar winner Jeremy Irons both attended the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.