Barry Cryer OBE (1935 – 2022)
With new comedians coming forward who wrote their own material, and age progressing and still wanting to perform, Cryer refocused his career to include more performance, touring with Willie Rushton in Two Old Farts in the Night and, after Rushton's death, That Reminds Me. After a brief early stint as chairman, Cryer was one of the panellists on the BBC radio comedy programme I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, which began in 1972.
As well as performing on stage, radio and television, Cryer wrote for many performers including Dave Allen, Stanley Baxter, Jack Benny, Rory Bremner, George Burns, Jasper Carrott, Tommy Cooper, Ronnie Corbett, Les Dawson, Dick Emery, Kenny Everett, Bruce Forsyth, David Frost, Bob Hope, Frankie Howerd, Richard Pryor, Spike Milligan, Mike Yarwood, The Two Ronnies and Morecambe and Wise.
Steptoe and Son (1962 - 1974)
The series focused on the inter-generational conflict of father Albert Steptoe (Wilfrid Brambell) and son Harold (Harry H. Corbett). Albert is presented as a set in his dodgy ways “dirty old man”, who works as a rag-and-bone man. In contrast Harold is presented as a 37-year-old man full of hopes, dreams and aspirations. What made the show unique for its time was the way it juggled comedy, drama, and tragedy; usually this was based around Albert once again preventing Harold from achieving his ambitions.
Steptoe and Son is a legendary British sitcom created and written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson about a father-and-son rag-and-bone business. They live on Oil Drum Lane (a fictional street in Shepherd’s Bush, London). Four series were broadcast by the BBC from 1962 to 1965, followed by a second run from 1970 to 1974. 58 episodes were made in total.Its theme tune, “Old Ned”, was composed by Ron Grainer.
Goodnight Sweetheart (1993 – 1999)
The sitcom premiered on BBC One on 18 November 1993 and ran for six series until its conclusion on 28 June 1999, with repeats after this date being aired on ITV3, Gold, Drama, Yesterday and Forces TV on Sky Digital. Lyndhurst's involvement in the sitcom allowed him to win the Most Popular Comedy Performer at the National Television Awards in 1998 and 1999. On 2 September 2016, the sitcom received a one-off special entitled Many Happy Returns, following events after the final episode.
Goodnight Sweetheart is a British science fiction time travel sitcom, starring Nicholas Lyndhurst, created by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, and produced by the BBC. The sitcom is about the life of Gary Sparrow, an accidental time traveller who leads a double life through the use of a time portal, which allows him to travel between the London of the 1990s and the London of the 1940s during the Second World War.