- Lynda La Plante
La Plante's father was a salesman in
Liverpool. She attended RADAand began her career as an actress, mainly on television. As Lynda Marchal, she appeared in several popular series including " Z-Cars", " The Sweeney" and " Bergerac". However as an actress she is perhaps best remembered as the hay-feversuffering ghost Tamara Novek in the BBCchildren's series " Rentaghost".
Her first TV series as a scriptwriter was the
ITVchildren's sitcom" The Kids from 47A" in the early 1970s. However she did not find fame until the six part robbery series "Widows" was produced in 1983. The plot concerned the widows of four armed robbers carrying out a heistplanned by their deceased husbands.
In 1991 ITV released "
Prime Suspect" which has now run to seven series and stars Helen Mirrenas DCI Jane Tennison. (In the United States"Prime Suspect" airs on PBS as part of the anthology program " Mystery!") In 1993 La Plante won an Edgar Awardfrom the Mystery Writers of Americafor her work on the series. In 1992 she wrote at TV movie called "Seekers", starring Brenda Frickerand Josette Simon, produced by Sarah Lawson.
She formed her own television production company, La Plante Productions, in 1994 and as La Plante Productions she wrote and produced the sequel to "Widows", the equally gutsy "She's Out" (ITV, 1995). The name "La Plante" comes from her marriage to writer Richard La Plante, author of the book "Mantis and Hog Fever". La Plante divorced Lynda in the early 1990s.
Her output continued with "The Governor" (ITV 1995-96), a series focusing on the female governor of a high security prison, and was followed by a string of ratings-pulling mini-series: the psycho killer nightmare events of "
Trial & Retribution" (ITV 1997-), the widows' revenge of the murders of their husbands & children " Bella Mafia" (1997) (starring Vanessa Redgrave), the undercover police unit operations of "Supply and Demand" (ITV 1998), videogame/internet murder mystery " Killer Net" (Channel 4 1998) and the female criminal profiler cases of "Mind Games" (ITV 2001).
Two additions to the "Trial and Retribution" miniseries were broadcast during 2006.
Her latest novel, "Clean Cut", was published in September 2007. It is another Anna Travis novel following "Red Dahlia" and "Above Suspicion".
She was appointed
Commander of the Order of the British Empire(CBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours. [LondonGazette |issue=58729 |date=14 June 2008 |startpage=7 |supp=yes |notarchive=yes]
In 2008, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that sections of her 1993 book "Entwined" appear to be plagiarized from the 1947
Olga Lengyelbook "Five Chimneys". The main characters in "Entwined" are twins who survive medical experimentation during their childhood in Auschwitz, are separated after the war, and reunited many years later. "Five Chimneys" is Lengye's firsthand account of the medical experiments that she witnessed as a Jewish survivor of Auschwitz. Some of Auschwitz scenes in "Entwined" appear to be very closely based on passages from Lengyel's memoir. La Plante admits this, but says that she never read Lengyel's work herself, and claims that a researcher was responsible for the paragraphs in question. [ [http://www.smh.com.au/news/books/la-plante-novel-lifted-holocaust-story/2008/09/05/1220121523455.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1 Sydney Morning Herald www.smh.com.au] ]
* [http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/L/htmlL/laplantely/laplantely.htm Lynda La Plante] at the MBC Encyclopedia of Television
* [http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/562943/ Lynda La Plante biography and credits] at the BFI's
* [http://www.laplanteproductions.com/ La Plante Productions]
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ALTERNATIVE NAMES=Titchmarsh, Lynda; Marchal, Lynda
DATE OF BIRTH=1946-03-15
PLACE OF BIRTH=Liverpool, England
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