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Adams, Douglas Noël (1952–2001), writer, was born on 11 March 1952 at the maternity hospital in Cambridge, the son of Christopher Douglas Adams (d. 1985) and his wife, Janet Dora Sydney, née Donovan.

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Douglas Noël Adams (1952–2001) by Brian Griffin, 1986 © Brian Griffin; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Adams [née Campin], Mary Grace Agnes (1898–1984), television producer and programme director, was born on 10 March 1898 at Well House Farm, Hermitage, Berkshire, the elder of two daughters (her sister died aged three) and second of four children of Edward Bloxham Campin...

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Allen, James John [Jim] (1926–1999), playwright and scriptwriter, was born on 7 October 1926 at 31 Higher Duke Street, Miles Platting, Manchester, the second child of John (Jack) Allen, a railway labourer, and his wife, Catherine (Kitty) Lee. The family was of Irish descent. After attending local Roman Catholic schools, ...

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Ronald William George Barker (1929–2005) by unknown photographer, 1975 Getty Images

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Barker, Ronald William George [Ronnie] (1929–2005), actor and comedian, was born on 25 September 1929 at 70 Garfield Street, Bedford, the only son and second of the three children of Leonard William Barker, a clerk for Shell, and his wife, Edith Eleanor, née...

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Martin Alan Feldman (1934–1982) by Terry O'Neill, 1974 [on the set of the film Young Frankenstein] © Terry O'Neill; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Feldman, Martin Alan [Marty] (1934–1982), comedian and scriptwriter, was born on 8 July 1934 at University College Hospital, London, the elder of the two children of Myer Feldman, a gown manufacturer of Islington, and his wife, Cecilia (Cissie), née Crook. He had a sister, ...

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Hill, Alfred Hawthorne [Benny] (1924–1992), comedian, was born in Southampton on 25 January 1924, the younger son and second of three children of Alfred Hill (d. 1971), a former circus performer and the manager of a surgical appliance shop in Southampton, and his wife, ...

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Alfred Hawthorne Hill (1924–1992) by Bob Collins, c. 1957 © Bob Collins; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Howard, Anthony Michell (1934–2010), journalist and broadcaster, was born on 12 February 1934 at 38 Cheniston Gardens, Kensington, London, the son of Canon (William) Guy Howard (1902–1981), Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Janet Rymer, née Hogg (1904–1983). He attended Purton Stoke preparatory school...

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Anthony Michell Howard (1934–2010) by Colin McPherson, 2005 © Colin McPherson / Corbis

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Sir Ludovic Henry Coverley Kennedy (1919–2009) by D. Jones, 1989 © D. Jones / Evening Standard / Rex Features

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Kennedy, Sir Ludovic Henry Coverley [Ludo] (1919–2009), writer, broadcaster, and campaigner against injustice, was born on 3 November 1919 at 4 Belgrave Crescent, Edinburgh, the only son and eldest of the three children of Captain Edward Coverley Kennedy (1879–1939), naval officer, and kinsman of the earls of ...

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Kington, Miles Beresford (1941–2008), humorist, jazz critic, and broadcaster, was born on 13 May 1941 at Down County Infirmary, Downpatrick, co. Down, the elder son of William Beresford Nairn Kington (1909–1982), a brewer then serving as a captain with the 4th Royal Welch Fusiliers...

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Miles Beresford Kington (1941–2008) by unknown photographer, 2006 Rex Features

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Lloyd, Albert Lancaster (1908–1982), ethnomusicologist and radio and television broadcaster, was born on 29 February 1908 at 136A Trevelyan Road, off Tooting High Street, London, the son of Ernest Lancaster Lloyd, a draper's packer, and his wife, Mabel Emily Barrett. His father was an accountant's son from ...

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Robert Adolph Wilton Morley (1908–1992) by unknown photographer Rank (courtesy Kobal)

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Morley, Robert Adolph Wilton (1908–1992), actor and playwright, was born on 26 May 1908 in Semley, Wiltshire, the son of Major Robert Wilton Morley, retired, of the 4th dragoon guards and his wife, Gertrude Emily Fass. He was educated at several preparatory schools—his parents' lives being somewhat itinerant—and at ...

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Nokes, David Leonard (1948–2009), biographer and literary scholar, was born in Paddington Hospital, London, on 11 March 1948, the son of Anthony John Nokes (1922–1999), a clerical officer in the Central Office of Information, and his wife, Ethel Murray, née Smith (1919–1996). At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...