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(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

John McGrath wrote dozens of scripts for television and film. Z-Cars (1962), which he cowrote with Troy Kennedy Martin, was one of the most popular series in the 1962 television season, and his Diary of a Young Man ran as a six-part television series in 1964. His films include Billion Dollar Brain (1967), The Bofors Gun (1968), and The Dressmaker (1988, shown again in 1992 on public television). Films have been made for television of several of his major plays—The Cheviot, the Stag, and the Black, Black Oil (1974), Blood Red Roses (1985), and Border Warfare (1989). His nonfiction works include The Bone Won’t Break: On Theatre and Hope in Hard Times (1990).