Keith Dewhurst

Keith Dewhurst (born 24 December 1931) is an English playwright and film and television scriptwriter.


Born in Oldham, Keith Dewhurst was educated at Rydal School and Peterhouse, Cambridge, graduating with a B.A. in English in 1953. After working as a yarn tester for Lancashire Cotton Corporation, he worked for the Manchester Evening Chronicle from 1955 to 1959,[1] as their reporter on Manchester United.[2]

Dewhurst has written television plays since 1960, and plays for the theatre since the late 1960s. He has also written radio plays and a couple of novels.[1] His non-fiction Underdogs (2012) tells the story of Darwen FC's long run in the 1879 F.A. Cup.[2][3]



  • Running Milligan. Televised 1965. Published in Michael Marland, ed., Z Cars: Four Scripts from the Television Series, 1968.
  • Rafferty's Chant. Produced at the Mermaid Theatre, 1967. Published in Plays of the Year33, 1967.
  • Corunna!. Produced 1971.
  • Kidnapped, adaptation of novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Produced 1972.
  • The Bomb in Brewery Street. Produced 1975.
  • Lark Rise, adaptation of works by Flora Thompson. Produced 1978.
  • Candleford, adaptation of works by Flora Thompson. Produced 1979.
  • Don Quixote, adaptation of novel by Cervantes. Produced 1982.
  • The Animals of Farthing Wood, adaptation of novel by Colin Dann.

Television plays

  • Albert Hope, 1962
  • The Siege of Manchester, 1965
  • Men of Iron, 1969
  • It Calls for a Great Deal of Love, 1969
  • Lloyd-George, 1973
  • Our Terry, 1975


  • Underdogs: the unlikely story of football's first FA Cup heroes, Yellow Press, 2012.


  1. Christopher Smith, 'Keith Dewhurst', in K. A. Berney, ed., Contemporary British Dramatists, Gale, 1994, pp.187-91
  2. Hunter Davies, The triumph of failure, The Spectator, 10 March 2012
  3. John Crace, 'Underdogs: The Unlikely Story of Football's First FA Cup Heroes by Keith Dewhurst – review', The Guardian, 21 March 2012
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