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Peter Moffat is a British playwright and screenwriter.
Moffat is a former barrister; one of his early commissions was for an episode of Kavanagh QC. He has since created three British television legal dramas: North Square, Criminal Justice and Silk. He also wrote the miniseries Cambridge Spies and the television film Einstein and Eddington, as well as a reinterpretation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth for the BBC's ShakespeaRe-Told series.
Moffat wrote the historical drama The Village, depicting life in a Derbyshire village through the eyes of a central character, Bert Middleton. The first series, covering the years 1914 to 1920 in six episodes, premieres on BBC1 in 2013. Moffat envisions more series totaling up to 42 episodes that will continue the story through the 20th century. The proposed project is similar to the German film series Heimat, written and directed by Edgar Reitz, which told the story of a German family from 1919 to 2000.
Moffat won the Writer's Award from the Broadcasting Press Guild for North Square, and was nominated for a BAFTA Award in 2004 for writing Hawking, a TV drama about the scientist Stephen Hawking. In 2009, he was awarded two BAFTAs for Criminal Justice, one for Best Television Drama Serial and one for Best Craft Writer.
Peter Moffat is married to an author and has two teenage children. He has lived in London for the last 20 years. His grandfather and great grandfather were shepherds in Tweedsmuir. Their lives inspired his TV series The Village. Peter's father joined the Colonial Police Force in Tanganyika and later the Army, so the family, including young Peter, moved from country to country every two years.