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Alan Coren (1938–2007) by Terry O'Neill, 1990 Getty Images

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Coren, Alan (1938–2007), humorous writer, was born on 27 June 1938 at 2 Queensdown Road, Hackney, London, the son of Samuel Coren, builder and plumber, and his wife, Martha, née Coren, hairdresser. At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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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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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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Hugo Gabriel Gryn (1930–1996) by Mark Gerson, 1993 © Mark Gerson; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gryn, Hugo Gabriel (1930–1996), rabbi and broadcaster, was born in Berehovo, Czechoslovakia, on 25 June 1930, in a home filled with great learning and warmth. His father, Géza Gryn (1900–1945), was a timber merchant; his mother was Bella Neufeld (1908–1964) of Silce. The ...

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Jacobs, David Lewis (1926–2013), broadcaster, was born on 19 May 1926 at 24 Telford Avenue, Streatham, London, the youngest of three sons of David Jacobs, a prosperous Covent Garden fruit wholesaler, and his wife, Jeanette Victoria, née Goldsmid. His grandfather was known as '...

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Young, Stuart (1934–1986), accountant and broadcasting executive, was born on 23 April 1934 at home in Stamford Hill, London, the younger child and younger son of Joseph Young, who was in the flour business, and his wife, Rebecca (Betty) Sterling. The family were religious Jews and his mother made ...