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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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Anderson, Gerald Alexander [Gerry] (1929–2012), television producer, writer, and director, was born Gerald Alexander Abrahams on 14 April 1929 at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital, London, the second son of Joseph Abrahams, commercial clerk, the son of east European Jewish immigrants, and his wife, ...

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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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Bolt, Robert Oxton [Bob] (1924–1995), scriptwriter and playwright, was born on 15 August 1924 at Sale, Manchester, Lancashire, the second of the two children of Ralph Bolt and Leah Binyon. Ralph ran a glassware and furniture shop, and Leah, a socialist feminist, was a teacher. Theirs was a northern Methodist household, guided by a firm moral code but enlivened by the vigorous argument of nonconformist politics....

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Croft, David [real name David John Sharland] (1922–2011), comedy writer, director, and producer, was born on 7 September 1922 at Sharcroft, Panorama Road, Sandbanks, near Poole, Dorset, the younger son of Reginald Hanson Sharland (1886–1944), actor, and his wife, Annie Harland, née...

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Delaney, Shelagh (1938–2011), dramatist and screenwriter, was born on 25 November 1938 in the Hope Hospital, Salford, the elder child of Joseph Delaney, bus conductor, and his wife, Elsie, née Twemlow. At the time of her birth registration her parents lived at 67 New Thomas Street, Pendleton, Salford...

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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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Osborne, John James (1929–1994), playwright and autobiographer, was born on 12 December 1929 at 2 Cookham Road, Fulham, west London, the only son of Thomas Godfrey Osborne (d. 1942), a commercial artist and advertising copywriter, and Nellie Beatrice Grove.

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Perkins, Geoffrey Howard (1953–2008), comedy writer and radio and television producer, was born on 22 February 1953 at the maternity hospital in Bushey, Hertfordshire, the son of Wilfrid John Perkins, electronic engineer, and his wife, Peggy, née Patterson, of 1 Manor House Cottages, Elm Park, Stanmore, Middlesex...

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Postgate, (Richard) Oliver (1925–2008), children's television writer and producer, was born at 4 Elm Close, Hendon, Middlesex, on 12 April 1925, the second son of Raymond William Postgate (1896–1971), an author and journalist who later founded The Good Food Guide, and his wife, ...

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Potter, Dennis Christopher George (1935–1994), journalist and playwright, was born on 17 May 1935 at Joyford Hill, off Berry Hill, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, the eldest child and only son of Walter Edward Potter (1906–1975), coalminer, and his wife, Margaret Constance, née Wale (...

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Sandford, (Christopher) Jeremy (1930–2003), writer, was born in London on 5 December 1930, the only son (there were two daughters) of Christopher Sandford (1902–1983), typographer and publisher, and his wife, Lettice Mackintosh, née Rate (1902–1993), wood engraver and illustrator. His father owned and ran the ...

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Williams, (George) Emlyn (1905–1987), actor and playwright, was born on 26 November 1905 at Pen-y-Ffordd, Mostyn, Flintshire, the eldest of the three surviving sons (two older children, a boy and a girl, died in infancy) of Richard Williams, a former navy stoker become greengrocer, of ...