Gareth Gwenlan Dies, Aged 79
Ricky Gervas was not wrong when he said 2016 had been a terrible year for celebrity deaths. The death of much respected comedy producer Gareth Gwenlan was announced today.
Mr Gwenlan, who was born in Brecon, Powys, was previously the head of comedy at BBC TV and BBC Wales and was awarded an OBE in 2013.
His producing credits included Only Fools And Horses, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin and To The Manor Born.
As head of comedy for BBC TV from 1983 until 1990, he was responsible for commissioning a number of classic comedy series, including Yes Prime Minister, Bread, Blackadder, ‘Allo ‘Allo, One Foot in the Grave, Birds of a Feather and Keeping Up Appearances.
During his tenure, the department won the Best Comedy at the Bafta awards every year and counted three Emmys among its other awards.
He admitted he could make mistakes – including trying to persuade the producer of One Foot in the Grave that Richard Wilson was not the right choice for the role of Victor Meldrew.