Hazel Douglas obituary

Actor whose best known role in a seven-decade career came in a Harry Potter film in her 80s The actor Hazel Douglas, who has died aged 92, landed her most prominent role in her 80s, when she joined ...

Butterflies review – Carla Lane’s midlife-crisis masterpiece

Just as Lane was one of the few women to crack the male-dominated world of 70s comedy, so Butterflies gave rare subversive voice to a mature suburban woman News of screenwriter Carla Lane’s death ...

Carla Lane created funny women – because that was the norm in the 80s | Viv Groskop

In the world of 1980s television, female characters and writers were everywhere. What’s gone wrong? The first thing you think of in Carla Lane’s work? The characters. Beryl and Sandra in The Liver ...

Carla Lane obituary: celebrated writer of TV sitcoms

Comedy writer known as much for her animal rights activism as for television hits including The Liver Birds, Butterflies and Bread One day Carla Lane saw her cleaner run the Hoover over a wasp that ...

Former Brookside actor to be Thomas the Tank Engine narrator

Brookside actor Mark Moraghan is to become the next famous Liverpudlian to narrate the popular children's TV show Thomas the Tank Engine has a new narrator as the former Brookside actor Mark Moraghan ...

Pauline Collins: from Shirley Valentine to Dustin Hoffman

Pauline Collins has just had another big break – playing an ex-opera singer with dementia in Dustin Hoffman's directing debut. She talks to Simon Hattenstone about her mother, escaping Shirley ...

Pauline Collins: from Shirley Valentine to Dustin Hoffman

Pauline Collins has just had another big break – playing an ex-opera singer with dementia in Dustin Hoffman's directing debut. She talks to Simon Hattenstone about her mother, escaping Shirley ...

Putting the accent on comedy: why the BBC is going regional

Fired by the success of such sitcoms as Gavin & Stacey, the corporation is launching a new wave of regional comedy Comedy shows such as The Likely Lads, The Liver Birds, Bread, Rab C Nesbitt and The ...

Douglas Argent obituary

Television comedy director and producer known for Fawlty Towers, Steptoe and Son and Till Death Us Do Part Douglas Argent, who has died aged 89, was a prolific producer and director who scored hits ...

Douglas Argent obituary

Television comedy director and producer known for Fawlty Towers, Steptoe and Son and Till Death Us Do Part Douglas Argent, who has died aged 89, was a prolific producer and director who scored hits ...

DS Icon: Nerys Hughes

DS Icon: Nerys Hughes When we are deciding who should be our weekly Digital Spy Icon, sometimes we are shocked by the stars, actors and all-round entertainers that we have so far failed to honour. This week's Icon is no ...

DS Icon: Mollie Sugden

Sitcom legend Mollie Sugden passed away yesterday, following a long battle with illness. The Yorkshire-born star first found fame in Liverpool-based comedy The Liver Birds as Mrs Hutchinson, but it ...

British Actress Sugden Dies

Beloved British TV actress Mollie Sugden has died, aged 86. The TV star passed away in hospital in Surrey, England on Wednesday after a long running illness, according to her agent. Her twin sons ...

Dad's Army Star Bean Dies

Dad's Army Star Bean Dies Dad's Army star Colin Bean has died at the age of 82. The British actor played Private Sponge in the long running wartime sitcom, appearing in every episode between 1968 and 1977. The star spent the ...