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Aus. Women's Weekly, 19 Oct. 1960, p.22
Patricia Hooker Patricia Hooker i(7119407 works by) (a.k.a. Pat Hooker)
Born: Established: 17 Feb 1933 Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln - Louth Bay area, Southern Eyre Peninsula, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, ; Died: Ceased: 9 Apr 2001 Kensington, London,
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England,
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United Kingdom (UK),
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Western Europe, Europe,

Gender: Female
Departed from Australia: 1964
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BiographyHistory

Playwright and script-writer, Patricia Hooker worked in Australian television and radio, as well as writing plays, for some six years before departing Australia in 1964 to work in England. In London, she worked as a court reporter while continuing to write for both the stage and the screen.

In 1960, when her first stage plays were being accepted, the Australian Women's Weekly ran a brief overview of her, in which they described her as a 'spare-time playwright' and noted that she 'is a secretary (with a shorthand speed of 200 words a minute) at the Stevedoring Commission in Sydney'. They added that 'a few months ago she passed an examination to become a licensed court reporter.' (See 'Playtime for Patricia' under Works About Author.)

According to contemporary news reports, her first radio play was Twilight of a Hero (drawn from the Book of Samuel), which was broadcast in 1962.

In a 1966 newspaper report about a meeting of the executive committee of the International Writers Guild (at which Australia was represented by Noel Robinson and Hooker herself), Hooker was described as ' the former script-assistant of ABC-TV producer Henri Safran' (see 'New Copyrights Alarm Writers', Canberra Times, 21 January 1966, p.15).

Among Hooker's claims to fame is the fact that her contribution to the Armchair Theatre, 'The Golden Road', was the first play on British television that was both written by a woman and about a lesbian relationship.

Most Referenced Works

Notes

  • In addition to the works listed on AustLit, Patricia Hooker also wrote the following works:

    For television:

    • 'Out of Mind' an episode of Counterstrike (1969), a ten-episode science-fiction television series, some episodes of which were directed by Henri Safran (who had previously worked with Hooker at the ABC) and Viktors Ritelis (a Latvian-born director who later settled and worked in Australia).
    • three episodes ('Call Her Sensitive', 'Call Her Serious', and 'Moonlight and Roses') of Kate (1971-1973), a Yorkshire Television series about an agony-column writer who gets involved with the desperate people who write to her.
    • two episodes of Harriet's Back in Town (1972-1973), a Thames Television series created by fellow Australian Peter Yeldham, then working in England.
    • a 1973 episode ('Murder Most Foul') of the long-running 'true crime' series Crown Court (1972-1984).
    • an episode of the short-lived The Carnforth Practice (1974), a series dealing with the life of a solicitor in a small village in the Lake District.
    • two episodes of the long-running series Six Days of Justice (1972-1975), one in 1973 and one in 1975.
    • three episodes in 1975 of Rooms (1974-1977), a drama series concerning the various lodgers who drift through a boarding house.
    • three episodes of the long-running series Angels (1975-1983), written between 1975 and 1976.
    • two 1980 episodes of The Gentle Touch (1980-1984), a crime drama centring on DI Maggie Forbes.

    For radio:

    In the late 1980s, Hooker was producing a number of scripts for Radio 4 in England, working across its various formats. Her works included:

    • Survival (originally by John Wyndham, dramatised by Pat Hooker), which aired as an instalment of Fear on 4 in March 1989.
    • Right Ho, Jeeves (originally by P.G. Wodehouse, dramatised by Pat Hooker), which aired as an instalment of Comedy Classics in April 1989.
    • Seven Against Reeves (originally by Richard Aldington, dramatised by Pat Hooker), which aired as part of Saturday Night Theatre in November 1989.
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