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Michael Hurll obituary

21 September 2012 2:27 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

TV producer behind a string of popular light entertainment shows

The television producer Michael Hurll, who has died aged 75 after suffering from Parkinson's disease, was a prolific maker of light entertainment programmes. After working with stars such as Cilla Black, Cliff Richard, Twiggy and Ken Dodd, he injected new life into Top of the Pops by adding a party atmosphere to the singles-chart programme between 1980 and 1987. During the same period, he enjoyed some of his happiest times as executive producer of the sketch show The Two Ronnies.

Hurll credited Ronnie Barker with giving him an education in comedy. "We'd sit and talk about comedy, and he explained to me how a joke has rhythm to it," he told Barker's biographer Richard Webber. Used to guiding stars and teasing performances out of them, Hurll adopted a different approach with Barker, who exercised firm control over the programme. "My basis was, 'He knows all about comedy', »

- Anthony Hayward

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Eric Sykes, comedy legend: His career in videos - watch

4 July 2012 10:07 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

TV and radio comedy legend Eric Sykes has died at the age of 89. Stars have been quick to celebrate the writer and actor who worked with comic icons such as Tommy Cooper and Tony Hancock during his seven decade-long career, praising his comic talents, genius writing skills and humble and generous nature. But for those too young to remember the likes of Sykes and The Plank, here are some classic clips of Eric in action: Sykes, Hattie Jacques on the Billy Cotton Band Show

Eric and his most famous collaborator Hattie Jacques are in fine comic form in this early recording of the Band Show. Billy Cotton joins them for a comic reworking of 'I Caught Mummy Kissing Santa Claus'. Sykes and Jacques

Sykes and Hattie Jacques in one of their earliest TV outings, an early episode of Sykes And A.... Two superb comic actors at (more) »

- By Alex Fletcher

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