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Esmonde And Larbey
John Gilbert Esmonde (21 March 1937 – 10 August 2008) and Robert Edward "Bob" Larbey (24 June 1934 – 31 March 2014), better known as Esmonde and Larbey, were a successful British television comedy scriptwriting duo from the 1960s to the 1990s, creating popular sitcoms and hit comedy shows, such as Please Sir!
Please Sir!
(1968–72), The Good Life (1975–78), Get Some In! (1975–78), Ever Decreasing Circles (1984-89) and Brush Strokes (1986–91).Contents1 Career1.1 Larbey's solo work2 TV credits2.1 Collaborations 2.2 Larbey without Esmonde3 References3.1 Obituaries of Bob Larbey 3.2 Obituaries of John Esmonde4 External linksCareer[edit] Bob Larbey made his writing debut for BBC
BBC
radio, before contributing a film adaptation, Mrs Silly, starring Maggie Smith
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Battersea
Battersea
Battersea
is a district of south west London, England, within the London
London
Borough of Wandsworth
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Gretchen Franklin
Gretchen Franklin
Gretchen Franklin
(7 July 1911 – 11 July 2005) was an English actress and dancer with a career in show business spanning over eighty years.[1] She was born in Covent Garden, west London. She played Ethel Skinner in the long-running BBC
BBC
1 soap opera EastEnders
EastEnders
on a regular basis from 1985 until 1988. After this she returned to the show intermittently. These appearances became briefer and more widely spaced as time went on. Her final appearance was in 2000, when her character was killed off.Contents1 Early life 2 Acting career 3 EastEnders 4 Personal life and death 5 References 6 External linksEarly life[edit] Gretchen Franklin
Gretchen Franklin
was born into a theatrical family
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John Alderton
John Alderton
John Alderton
(born 27 November 1940) is an English actor who is best known for his roles in Upstairs, Downstairs, Thomas & Sarah, Wodehouse Playhouse, Little Miss (original TV series), Please Sir!, "Fimbles" "Pablo The Little Red Fox" and Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam
(the original series). Alderton has often starred alongside his wife, Pauline Collins.Contents1 Early life 2 Early career2.1 Stage roles3 Post-1980 career 4 Personal life 5 References 6 External linksEarly life[edit] Alderton was born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, the son of Ivy (née Handley) and Gordon John Alderton.[1] He grew up in Hull where he attended Kingston High School.[2] Early career[edit] Alderton first became familiar to television viewers in 1962, when he played Dr Moone in the ITV soap opera, Emergency – Ward 10. He married his co-star, Jill Browne, but they later divorced
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London Weekend Television
London Weekend Television
London Weekend Television
(LWT) was the ITV network franchise holder for Greater London
Greater London
and the Home Counties
Home Counties
at weekends, broadcasting from Fridays at 5.15 pm (7:00 pm until 1982) to Monday mornings at 6:00 am.[1] From 1968 until 1992, when LWT's weekday counterpart was Thames Television, there was an on-screen handover to and from LWT when these times arrived; from 1993 to 2002, when LWT's weekday counterpart was Carlton Television, the transfer occurred invisibly during a commercial break as Carlton and LWT shared studio and transmission facilities. Like most former ITV regional franchises, including Carlton's, the London weekend franchise is now operated by ITV plc. As of 2014[update], the franchise is still separately licensed, but unlike many other franchises, it is no longer distinguished on air in any way
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Frank Muir
Frank Herbert Muir, CBE (5 February 1920 – 2 January 1998) was an English comedy writer, radio and television personality, and raconteur. His writing and performing partnership with Denis Norden endured for most of their careers. Together they wrote BBC
BBC
Radio's Take It From Here for over 10 years, and then appeared on BBC
BBC
radio quizzes My Word! and My Music for another 35. Muir became Assistant Head of Light Entertainment at the BBC
BBC
in the 1960s, and was then London Weekend Television's founding Head of Entertainment. His many writing credits include editorship of The Oxford Book of Humorous Prose.Contents1 Birth and early life 2 Early career 3 Writing for radio 4 Later career 5 Bibliography 6 ReferencesBirth and early life[edit] Born in his grandmother's pub, the Derby Arms in Ramsgate,[1] Kent, he spent part of his childhood in Leyton, London E10
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Welcome Back, Kotter
Welcome Back, Kotter
Welcome Back, Kotter
is an American sitcom starring Gabe Kaplan
Gabe Kaplan
as a sardonic high school teacher in charge of a racially and ethnically diverse remedial class called the "Sweathogs"
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David Barry (actor)
David Barry (born 30 April 1943) is a Welsh actor. He is best known for his role as Frankie Abbott, (the gum-chewing mother's boy who was convinced he was extremely tough), in the LWT sitcom Please Sir! and the spin-off series The Fenn Street Gang, He also appeared in two TV spin-off movies - Please Sir! (1971) and George and Mildred (1980). His first broadcast script was written for The Fenn Street Gang and he wrote many episodes of Thames TV's Keep it in the Family.[1] In 2016, Barry is reprising the role of Frankie Abbott in his own play A Day in the Lives of Frankie Abbott.[2] Barry is also a novelist. His police thriller Each man kills, set in Swansea, was published in 2002, to be followed by Willie the Actor in 2008. His autobiography was entitled Flashback. He has also written a children's book, The Ice Cream Time Machine[1]. He currently lives in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. References[edit]^ a b "BARRY, DAVID List Of Writers"
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Peter Cleall
Peter Cleall (born 16 March 1944 in Finchley, Middlesex) is an actors' agent and former actor who is probably best known for playing wise-cracking Eric Duffy in the London Weekend Television
London Weekend Television
comedy series Please Sir!
Please Sir!
which ran from 1968 to 1972.[1][2]Contents1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Television Appearances 5 References 6 External linksEarly life[edit] Cleall's father was a draughtsman. He was educated at Brighton
Brighton
College and trained as an actor at the E15 Acting School. Career[edit] He began his acting career at Watford Palace Theatre
Watford Palace Theatre
and appeared at many theatres throughout the country including a number of seasons at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
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Carol Hawkins
Carol Hawkins (born 31 January 1949 in Barnet, Hertfordshire) is an English actress.Contents1 Biography 2 Film, television and theatre credits2.1 Filmography 2.2 Selective television credits 2.3 Selective theatre credits3 References 4 External linksBiography[edit] Hawkins trained early on as a shorthand typist at Pitman´s College, London, but, following some modelling and promotion work, attended the Corona Stage Academy in Hammersmith, London. While still training as an actress, she won the part of Sharon Eversleigh in the film of the popular television series Please Sir!, replacing the departed Penny Spencer
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George Baker (actor)
George Morris Baker, MBE (1 April 1931 – 7 October 2011) was an English actor and writer. He was best known for portraying Tiberius
Tiberius
in I, Claudius, and Inspector Wexford in The Ruth Rendell
Ruth Rendell
Mysteries.Contents1 Personal life 2 Career2.1 Early film stardom 2.2 Television work3 MBE 4 Death 5 Filmography 6 Television 7 Publications 8 Notes and sources 9 External linksPersonal life[edit] Baker was born in Varna, Bulgaria.[1] His father was an English businessman and honorary vice consul and his mother a Red Cross
Red Cross
nurse who moved to Bulgaria to help fight cholera.[1] He attended Lancing College, Sussex; he then appeared as an actor in repertory theatre and at the Old Vic
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Renny Lister
Renny Lister is a retired British film and television actress.[1]Contents1 Personal life 2 Selected filmography2.1 Television roles3 References 4 External linksPersonal life[edit] Renny Lister is married to film and television actor Kenneth Cope, their sons Nick and Mark founded a rock band, The Candyskins, their daughter Martha is an actress
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Felicity Kendal
Felicity Ann Kendal, CBE (born 25 September 1946) is an English actress, working in television and theatre
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London
London
London
(/ˈlʌndən/ ( listen)) is the capital and most populous city of England
England
and the United Kingdom.[7][8] Standing on the River Thames
River Thames
in the south east of the island of Great Britain, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. It was founded by the Romans, who named it Londinium.[9] London's ancient core, the City of London, largely retains its 1.12-square-mile (2.9 km2) medieval boundaries
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Paul Eddington
Paul Clark Eddington, CBE (18 June 1927 – 4 November 1995) was an English actor who starred in the television sitcoms The Good Life and Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister.Contents1 Early life 2 Career2.1 Rise to fame 2.2 Awards and honours3 Final years and death 4 Selected filmography 5 References 6 Further reading 7 External linksEarly life[edit] Eddington was born in St John's Wood
St John's Wood
in London
London
to Albert Clark Eddington and Frances Mary (née Roberts).[1] The family were Quakers, and Eddington was brought up by his parents with strict family values. He attended Sibford School, Sibford Ferris, Oxfordshire
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Penelope Keith
Dame
Dame
Penelope Anne Constance Keith, DBE, DL (née Hatfield; born 2 April 1940) is an English actress, active in all genres, including radio, stage, television and film and primarily known for her roles in the British sitcoms
British sitcoms
The Good Life and To the Manor Born. She succeeded Lord Olivier as president of the Actors' Benevolent Fund after his death in 1989, and was appointed Dame
Dame
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours
2014 New Year Honours
for services to the arts and to charity.[1] Keith joined the Royal Shakespeare Company
Royal Shakespeare Company
in 1963, and went on to win the 1976 Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance for the play Donkeys' Years
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