BBC NEWS | United Kingdom | Comedy producer dies in accident

Geoffrey Perkins worked on Spitting Image and Father Ted

The former BBC TV comedy chef has died in a road accident in London.

Geoffrey Perkins, 55, worked for many years for BBC Radio, where he created the game Mornington Crescent in I’m Sorry Haven’t a Clue.

He also produced The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, one of the most successful radio shows ever made.

He went on to become Chief Comedy for BBC TV with highlights from his television career including Channel 4’s The Catherine Tate Show, The Fast Show and Father Ted.

“A talent embraced”

BBC director of vision Jana Bennett said she was “shocked and deeply saddened” by the news.

“Geoffrey Perkins was an outstanding creator of countless comedic successes on the BBC and elsewhere, and a highly distinguished former BBC Comedy Chef.

“He embraced the talent of comedy to create unique programs that will be enjoyed for a very long time to come. All our hearts go out to Geoffrey’s family at this very sad time.”

He left his role as a radio producer for the BBC to work at Thames TV for a brief period.

His many television credits include Spitting Image, Saturday Night Live and Friday Night Live, The Harry Enfield Television Program, which he also co-wrote, and Ben Elton – The Man From Auntie.


He produced the topical drama A Very Open Prison for BBC Two and the first BAFTA-winning series of Father Ted for Channel 4.

Writer, producer and performer, Mr. Perkins became comedy director of BBC TV in May 1995.

He was previously Director of Hat Trick Productions, one of the UK’s leading independent production companies, for eight years.

Leaving the BBC, he joined the Tiger Aspect productions.

His latest production for the BBC starring Tiger Aspect, Harry and Paul, starring Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse, begins next week.

His credits as an executive producer on the BBC included The Fast Show, Happiness, My Hero, 2 Pints ​​of Lager, My Family, Coupling and Big Train. He also co-produced the two series of The Thin Blue Line by Ben Elton.

His writing credits include Radio Active and KYTV, co-written with Angus Deayton and winner of the Silver Rose Of Montreux, and Norbert Smith – A Life, co-written with Harry Enfield who also won the Silver Rose of Montreux and an International Emmy.

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