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Television and theatre producer Allan McKeown dies at home in Los Angeles

Husband of comedian Tracey Ullman, who was behind shows including Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, had prostate cancer

The television and theatre producer Allan McKeown, responsible for shows including Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and Birds of a Feather, has died at his home in Los Angeles, it has been announced. The 67-year-old husband of comedian Tracey Ullman had been suffering from prostate cancer.

His daughter Mabel McKeown said: "My brilliant, funny, extraordinary father Allan McKeown passed away on Christmas Eve. Thank you all for the love."

McKeown had a varied career that encompassed hairdressing, advertising and the media business. He was involved in television shows including Lovejoy and Shine on Harvey Moon and plays such as Jerry Springer: The Opera and the musical Lennon.

He worked on several shows with Tracey Ullman and the couple moved to the Us in 1996. In 1997, the couple won eight Emmy awards for Tracey Takes On... and State of the Union.
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Tracey Ullman's Husband Dies at 67; Producer Allan McKeown Had Battled Prostate Cancer

Tracey Ullman's Husband Dies at 67; Producer Allan McKeown Had Battled Prostate Cancer
Tracey Ullman has lost her true partner in sketch comedy hilarity.  Allan McKeown, the Emmy winner's producer husband of 30 years, died on Tuesday at their Los Angeles home. He was 67 and had battled prostate cancer, according to reports. McKeown, who hailed from England like his wife, cocreated her Emmy-winning HBO series Tracey Takes On... and her more recent Showtime series Tracey Ullman's State of the Union, both of which featured Ullman perfectly at home playing multiple characters. After training as a hairdresser with Vidal Sassoon in London and running his own salon, McKeown broke into TV production in the late 1960s, largely making commercials in his native Britain. He and...
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'Weeds' Creator Jenji Kohan on Her New Netflix Series 'Orange Is The New Black' and Why 'Likability is Bullsh*t'

'Weeds' Creator Jenji Kohan on Her New Netflix Series 'Orange Is The New Black' and Why 'Likability is Bullsh*t'
Netflix kicked off its big year of original programming with "House of Cards," a political drama that brought in the major movie talents of Kevin Spacey and David Fincher as a show of seriousness. But the streaming service's newest series (and by our vote its best to date) comes from a writer and producer whose first love has always been the small screen. Jenji Kohan has television in her blood -- her father Buz is an Emmy-winner who's written for everything from the Academy Awards to "The Carol Burnett Show" and her brother David co-created and produced "Will & Grace." After working as a writer and producer on "Tracey Takes On..." and "Gilmore Girls," Kohan created "Weeds," Showtime's lauded dramedy about a suburban housewife named Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) who takes up marijuana dealing to support her family after her husband passes away. Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), the protagonist of Kohan's
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'Weeds' Creator Jenji Kohan on Her New Netflix Series 'Orange Is The New Black' and Why 'Likability is Bullsh*t'

'Weeds' Creator Jenji Kohan on Her New Netflix Series 'Orange Is The New Black' and Why 'Likability is Bullsh*t'
Netflix kicked off its big year of original programming with "House of Cards," a political drama that brought in the major movie talents of Kevin Spacey and David Fincher as a show of seriousness. But the streaming service's newest series (and by our vote its best to date) comes from a writer and producer whose first love has always been the small screen. Jenji Kohan has television in her blood -- her father Buz is an Emmy-winner who's written for everything from the Academy Awards to "The Carol Burnett Show" and her brother David co-created and produced "Will & Grace." After working as a writer and producer on "Tracey Takes On..." and "Gilmore Girls," Kohan created "Weeds," Showtime's lauded dramedy about a suburban housewife named Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) who takes up marijuana dealing to support her family after her husband passes away. Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), the protagonist of Kohan's
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For 'Shame,' Ullman joins dirty Waters

Tracey Ullman is getting down and dirty with camp auteur John Waters. The Emmy-winning Tracey Takes On star has signed as the lead in Waters' upcoming A Dirty Shame, with singer-actor Chris Isaak also set to join the cast. Johnny Knoxville, Selma Blair and Paul Giamatti are already attached to the project, about a working-class convenience store owner (Ullman) who suffers a concussion only to become a sex addict with wild urges. Isaak will play her husband, who is trying to restore order with his wife and daughter. The project is due to start shooting later this year in Baltimore.

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