PETER GIBBS grew up in the Staffordshire Potteries where a talent for cricket took him to ‘England Schoolboy’ honours. At Oxford he won a Blue and after graduating played professional cricket for Derbyshire, scoring over 10,000 runs including eleven centuries. He retired from the game at the age of twenty-eight to run his own business before becoming a full time playwright.
He has written stage plays for the Bush and Hampstead theatres and a dozen radio plays for the BBC including ‘Supersaver’, winner of the Prix Futura at the Berlin Festival.
His first screenplay, ‘Arthur’s Hallowed Ground’, was produced by David Puttnam for Channel 4 and directed by Freddie Young, David Lean’s Oscar-winning cinematographer. A play for BBC2 television, ‘Benefit Of The Doubt’, won The Radio Times TV Script Award and his work on ‘Tanamera’ won him the Australian Pater Prize for adaptation.
He has over a hundred television scripts to his credit including three ‘written and created’ six-part series. He was the leading contributor to ‘Heartbeat’, ITV’s long-running drama series, having written more than fifty episodes.
In addition to his on-going contributions to television he has been a writer of commercial training films, a sports correspondent for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph and a feature writer for the Wisden Almanack. His debut novel, ‘Settling the Score’, was published by Methuen and short-listed for the MCC Book of the Year Award.