1934 – He was born on the 9th day of May this year in Leeds, Yorkshire. He attended Leeds Modern School, learned Russian at the Joint Services School for Linguists during his National Service, and gained a place at Cambridge University.
1970 – He is both unsparing and compassionate in laying bare his characters’ frailties. This can be seen in his television plays for LWT in the late part of this year.
1987 – He appeared in Talking Heads series of monologues for television, which were later performed at the Comedy Theatre in London in 1992. Despite refusing an honorary doctorate from his old university, he was made an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford.
1988 – He also declined a CBE this year.
1990 – He was also awarded by the University of Leeds.
1994 – He adapted his popular and much-praised 1991 play The Madness of George III for the cinema as The Madness of King George.
1996 – He declined a knighthood this year.
1998 – He refused an honorary doctorate from Oxford University in this year, in protest of its accepting funding for a named chair in honor of press baron Rupert Murdoch.
2005 – In his prose collection “Untold Stories”, he has written candidly and movingly of the mental illness that afflicted his mother and other family members. His critically acclaimed “The History Boys” won three Olivier Awards in February 2005, for Best New Play, Best Actor, and Best Direction.
2007 – He earned Honorary Membership of The Coterie in this year membership list.