On 15 September, Troy Kennedy Martin died of liver cancer.
He wrote two movies Kelly's Heros and The Italian Job (the proper one with Michael Cane, not the pale imitation). But for me he is best remembered as the writer of the ground-breaking 1985 BBC TV drama Edge of Darkness. Also known for it's music score co-written and played by Eric Clapton (see below), Edge of Darkness marked the beginning of real political drama on the BBC.
If you've never seen it, do yourself a favour, get a copy, shut the curtains, turn off the phone and settle down for 5 hours of the best TV drama you are ever likely to see.