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Barry Howard obituary

29 April 2016 8:45 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor best known for his deadpan role in the holiday camp comedy Hi-de-Hi!

The actor Barry Howard, who has died of cancer aged 78, was best known to TV viewers for his role in the BBC sitcom Hi-de-Hi! as Barry Stuart-Hargreaves, who, with his wife, Yvonne, teaches ballroom dancing at Maplins holiday camp. Set at the turn of the 1950s, Hi-de-Hi! was created by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, based on their experience of staging summer shows at Butlin’s. Howard had started his own career at Butlin’s after learning ballroom dancing at school.

Whereas once Barry and Yvonne (played by Diane Holland) had swept across the country’s top dance floors, they were now reduced to imparting their skills to holidaymakers in the fictional Essex seaside town of Crimpton-on-Sea – and even taking part in what they saw as demeaning shows alongside the yellowcoats hired by the entertainments manager, Jeffrey »

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