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Piers Plowright: 10 December 1937– 23 July 2021

Piers Plowright (1958), alumnus of Christ Church, passed away on 23rd July 2021.
3 Aug 2021
Written by Olivia Tan
Alumni
Plowright joined the BBC as a trainee producer in 1968. Photograph: Lucy Tizzard
Plowright joined the BBC as a trainee producer in 1968. Photograph: Lucy Tizzard

Piers Plowright, who has died aged 83 of cancer, read History at Christ Church from 1958 to 1962. He began his three decades of radio producer at the BBC working on drama, and found his true voice with documentary features.

During his time as a BBC radio drama and feature maker from 1968 to 1997 he won the Prix Italia for radio documentaries three times as well as three Gold and two Silver Sony Awards and a Sony Special Award for Continual Dedication and Commitment to the Radio Industry. Since then he has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, an honourary doctor at Bournemouth University and a 'Radio Luminary' at the prestigious Chicago Third Coast Radio Festival.

Click here to read Pier Plowright's obituary in The Guardian.

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