Arthur Hopcraft

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Arthur Hopcraft
Born30 November 1932
Shoeburyness, Essex, England, United Kingdom
Died22 November 2004(2004-11-22) (aged 71)
United Kingdom
Nationality British
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
Genres Screenwriting, film, television

Arthur Hopcraft (30 November 1932 22 November 2004) was an English scriptwriter, well known for his TV plays such as The Nearly Man , and for his small-screen adaptations such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy ; Hard Times , Bleak House , and Rebecca . Before taking up writing for TV, he was a sports journalist for The Guardian and The Observer , writing The Football Man: People and Passions in Soccer. He also had four other books published, including an autobiographical account of his childhood, and wrote the screenplay for the film Hostage . Hopcraft won the BAFTA writer's award in 1985.

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Hopcraft was born in Shoeburyness, Essex. He soon moved to Cannock, Staffordshire, and as a teen, he started working at local newspapers. By the age of 17, he was reporting on the Stafford Rangers' semi-professional football games using the pseudonym "Linesman." After his service in the military, he worked at the Daily Mirror in Manchester and then The Guardian . He had assignments in west Africa, India and Brazil. In the mid-1960s, he began doing football writing at The Observer as well. From January 1968 he was a regular contributor to the IPC monthly Nova , his articles were mostly stories from his own life.

Shoeburyness town in Essex, England

Shoeburyness is a town in southeast Essex, England, at the mouth of the Thames Estuary. It is within the borough of Southend-on-Sea, situated at its far east, around 3 miles (5 km) east of Southend town centre. It was an urban district of Essex from 1894 to 1933, when it became part of the county borough of Southend-on-Sea. It was once a garrison town and still acts as host to MoD Shoeburyness.

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