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Alan Clarke (28 October 1935 — 24 July 1990) was a television and film director, producer and writer, born in Wallasey, Cheshire, England.

Most of Clarke's output was for television rather than cinema, including work for the famous play strands The Wednesday Play and Play for Today. His subject matter tended towards social realism, especially with respect to deprived or oppressed communities.

As Rolinson's book on Clarke details, between 1962 and 1966 Clarke directed several plays at The Questors Theatre in Ealing, London. Between 1967 and 1969 he directed various ITV productions including plays by Alun Owen (Shelter, George’s Room, Stella, Thief, Gareth), Edna O’Brien (Which Of These Two Ladies Is He Married To? and Nothing’s Ever Over) and Roy Minton (The Gentleman Caller, Goodnight Albert, Stand By Your Screen). He also worked on the series The Informer, The Gold Robbers and A Man Of Our Times (but not, as Sight and Sound once claimed, Big Breadwinner Hog). Clarke continued to work for ITV through the 1970s but now made much of his work for the BBC. This included pieces for The Wednesday Play (Sovereign's Company 1970), Play for Today and Play of the Month. Distinctive work for these strands included further plays by Minton including Funny Farm (1975) and Scum (further details below), but also Sovereign’s Company (1970) by Don Shaw, The Hallelujah Handshake (1970) by Colin Welland and Penda’s Fen (1974) by David Rudkin. He also made To Encourage the Others (1972), a powerful drama documentary about the Derek Bentley case, and several documentaries, including Vodka Cola (1981) on multinational corporations.

A number of his works achieved notoriety and widespread criticism from the conservative end of the political spectrum, including Scum (1977), dealing with the subject of borstals (youth prisons), which was banned by the BBC, and subsequently remade by Clarke as a feature film in 1979 (the original television version was eventually screened after his death). His television play Made in Britain (transmitted 1983), concerning a racist skinhead's negative relationship with authorities and racial minorities, was based on a screenplay by David Leland. He directed the feature film Rita, Sue and Bob Too released in 1987.

Clarke's work in the 1980s is fiercely stark and political, including the David Leland plays Beloved Enemy (1981) on multinational corporations and Psy-Warriors (1981) on military interrogation. But he also directed David Bowie in Baal (1982) for the BBC, part of Clarke’s interest in Bertolt Brecht. His film work became more sparse, culminating in Contact (1984) on the British military presence in Northern Ireland, Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire (1985), Road (1987) and his short film (40 mins.) Elephant (1989) which dealt with 'the troubles' in Northern Ireland and featured a series of shootings with no narrative and hardly any dialogue; all were based on accounts of actual sectarian killings that had taken place in Belfast. The film took its title from Bernard MacLaverty's description of the troubles as "the elephant in our living room" - a reference to the collective denial of the underlying social problems of Northern Ireland. His final production, The Firm (1989), covered football hooliganism through the lead character played by Gary Oldman, but also the politics of Thatcher’s Britain.

Clarke inspired a generation of actors, writers and directors, including Paul Greengrass, Stephen Frears, Tim Roth, Ray Winstone, Gary Oldman, Danny Brocklehurst and Iain MacDonald. Filmmaker Harmony Korine has cited Clarke as a major influence on his work.

Clarke's son is Gabriel Clarke, an award-winning sports journalist with ITV.

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OCR Functional Skills Student Book
2010 - Ocr Functional Skills Student Book (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780340984345
ISBN-10: 0340984341
Genre: Teen & Young Adult
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Sociology of Healthcare
2010 - Sociology of Healthcare (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781405858496
ISBN-10: 1405858494
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Hospitality Business Development
2010 - Hospitality Business Development (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781856176095
ISBN-10: 1856176096
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The Naked Shadow
2010 - The Naked Shadow (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780722339916
ISBN-10: 0722339917
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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ICT and Numeracy
2009 - Ict and Numeracy [E-Guidelines] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781862013872
ISBN-10: 186201387X
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E-learning in the Classroom
2009 - E-learning in the Classroom (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781409294481
ISBN-10: 140929448X
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Ict  Literacy
2009 - Ict Literacy [E-Guidelines] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781862013773
ISBN-10: 1862013772
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e-Learning Skills
2008 - E-learning Skills [Palgrave Study Skills] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780230573123
ISBN-10: 0230573126
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UniverseThe Solar System eBook Observing Projects Using Starry Night Enthusiast  CD-ROM
ICT Skill for Life
2007 - Ict Skill for Life (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780340941553
ISBN-10: 0340941553
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New CLAIT 2006 for Office 2003
2007 - New Clait 2006 for Office 2003 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780340942024
ISBN-10: 0340942029
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International Hospitality Management concepts and cases
2007 - International Hospitality Management Concepts and Cases (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780750666756
ISBN-10: 0750666757
Genre: Business & Money
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Office Skills for New Clait 2006  Clait Plus 2006 2006 Specification for Office Xp Levels 1  2
New Clait 2006 for Office 2000 Level 1
2006 - New Clait 2006 for Office 2000 Level 1 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780340915363
ISBN-10: 0340915366
Genre: Computers & Technology
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New Clait 2006 for Office Xp Level 1
2006 - New Clait 2006 for Office Xp Level 1 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780340915370
ISBN-10: 0340915374
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Clait Plus 2006 for Office 2000 Level 2
2006 - Clait Plus 2006 for Office 2000 Level 2 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780340915325
ISBN-10: 0340915323
Genre: Computers & Technology
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Clait Plus for Office Xp Level 2
2006 - Clait Plus for Office Xp Level 2 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780340915332
ISBN-10: 0340915331
Genre: Computers & Technology
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Clait Plus 2006 Tutor's Pacl Level 2
2006 - Clait Plus 2006 Tutor's Pacl Level 2 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780340926901
ISBN-10: 0340926902
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IT Skills for Successful Study
2006 - It Skills for Successful Study [Palgrave Study Guides] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781403992710
ISBN-10: 1403992711
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Online Resources in the Classroom Using the World Wide Web to Deliver and Support Adult Learning
2003 - Ict (Paperback)
The West Virginia  Pittsburg Railway A Western Maryland Predecessor
2003 - The West VIrginia Pittsburg Railway a Western Maryland Predecessor (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781883089870
ISBN-10: 1883089875
Genres: History, Nonfiction
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Evaluating Research [Social Research Today] (Hardcover)Paperback