English dramatist and screenwriter. His works treat, with macabre, gruesome comedy, such subjects as class, senility, illness, and death. They include the series of monologues for television TALKING HEADS (1987) and TALKING HEADS II (1998), and the play THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III (1991), made into the critically acclaimed film THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE (1995; Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay).