Tributes paid to John Sullivan
Tributes have been paid to the comedy writer John Sullivan whose death was announced yesterday.
The prolific writer had suffered from a short illness. While perhaps he will be forever remembered for creating Only Fools and Horses his other notable hits include Just Good Friends, Roger Roger and Citizen Smith. Following the finale of Only Fools he went on to create the spin-off series The Green Green Grass and more recently prequel Rock & Chips an episode of which is due to be aired on Thursday. Following Sullivan’s death tributes have been paid to him.
“We have lost our country’s greatest comedy writer but he leaves us a great legacy, the gift of laughter. My thoughts at this time are with his lovely family.” – David Jason, quoted on BBC News
“It was a terrible shock for us this morning because it’s the 30th anniversary of Only Fools and Horses, and John has been part of our lives all that time. It’s been an absolute joy and privilege trying to interpret the writing which not only made you laugh but also made you cry. And he could look at everybody’s experiences, even the most tragic experience in people’s lives – and still make you smile at them, and make you think things aren’t so bad. It’s a great loss.” – John Challis on BBC Radio 5 Live
“He was a shy and self-effacing man, but had a huge passion for his work and was looking forward to writing more Rock & Chips, I hope the last episode makes him proud.” – Nicholas Lyndhurst quoted on BBC News
“John had a unique gift for turning everyday life and characters we all know into unforgettable comedy.” – Mark Thompson, BBC Director General
“He was a craftsman and those lines didn’t just fall out. He chiseled them and honed them. And they were very particular.” – Roger Lloyd Pack
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