Andrew Dipper

Jeremy Lloyd dies aged 84

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Sitcom writer Jeremy Lloyd has died aged 84.

Lloyd, creator of hit comedies ‘Allo ‘Allo! and Are You Being Served?, died in hospital after being admitted for pneumonia, his agent Alexandra Cann confirmed.

Cann said: “Jeremy was a great wit and always a mass of original ideas. He had a wonderfully original mind and will be greatly missed.”

League Of Gentleman star Mark Gatiss led the tributes to Lloyd, tweeting: “Farewell to Jeremy Lloyd and thanks for years of naughty laughs. It would be appropriate to insert a very naughty something here. Oooh!”

Richard Herring posted: “Those sitcom writers from the 70s outlived many of the stars they wrote for. Still sad to see one go. RIP Jeremy Lloyd

And comedy writer Robert Ross added: “Dear Jeremy Lloyd has gone to the Great Green Room. An actor with an impeccably light touch. A writer with a flare for the bawdy. Bless him.”

A successful actor as well as a comedy writer, Lloyd made his cinematic debut in 1960 in the comedy film School For Scoundrels. He also made several appearances on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In from 1969 to 1970, and appeared in the Beatles films A Hard Day’s Night and Help!

However he is best known as a comedy writer and creator for Are You Being Served? in 1972, its 1992 spin-off Grace & Favour, and the war-time classic ‘Allo ‘Allo.

Lloyd leaves behind his third wife, Lizzy Moberly.