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Q&A: Mark Thomas, comedian and political activist

'My most unappealing habit? My innate wish to find the best in everyone, even my enemies. And lying'

Mark Thomas was born in 1963 and raised in London. He was educated at boarding school and went on to be a standup. In 1996, Channel 4 gave him his own series, The Mark Thomas Comedy Product, and he began to combine comedy with political activism. In 2004, he won the Global Defence of Human Rights award. His current tour, and new book, Extreme Rambling, is about his walk along the entire Israeli separation barrier.

When were you happiest?

A minute after getting married. The registrar asked my wife how she felt. She replied, "Trapped!" Perfect.

What is your greatest fear?

Getting asked to go on a reality TV programme and agreeing.

What is your earliest memory?

My mum cooking on a Baby Belling

Which living person do you most admire, and why?

Nick Clegg
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Douglas Argent obituary

Television comedy director and producer known for Fawlty Towers, Steptoe and Son and Till Death Us Do Part

Douglas Argent, who has died aged 89, was a prolific producer and director who scored hits with Till Death Us Do Part, Steptoe and Son, Fawlty Towers and Spike Milligan's Q8 and Q9 series – all with humour that pushed the boundaries of TV comedy.

He was gifted the second series of Fawlty Towers to produce in 1979. The creation of John Cleese and Connie Booth – who had divorced since the first run, four years earlier – went on to top a British Film Institute list of the 100 best TV programmes, as voted for by industry professionals. Argent modestly insisted that its success lay in the writing. However, producers guide all those working on their programmes and his track record was impressive, particularly in the field of comedy.

Argent was born in Bexleyheath, Kent, and his parents ran ironmonger's shops.
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Douglas Argent obituary

Television comedy director and producer known for Fawlty Towers, Steptoe and Son and Till Death Us Do Part

Douglas Argent, who has died aged 89, was a prolific producer and director who scored hits with Till Death Us Do Part, Steptoe and Son, Fawlty Towers and Spike Milligan's Q8 and Q9 series – all with humour that pushed the boundaries of TV comedy.

He was gifted the second series of Fawlty Towers to produce in 1979. The creation of John Cleese and Connie Booth – who had divorced since the first run, four years earlier – went on to top a British Film Institute list of the 100 best TV programmes, as voted for by industry professionals. Argent modestly insisted that its success lay in the writing. However, producers guide all those working on their programmes and his track record was impressive, particularly in the field of comedy.

Argent was born in Bexleyheath, Kent, and his parents ran ironmonger's shops.
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

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