4 July 2012
Last updated at 13:41
Comedian and actor Eric Sykes, who has died at the age of 89, was a household name and much-loved personality in the world of British entertainment due to his long and successful career spanning more than 50 years in TV, radio, film and on stage.
One of Eric Sykes's early successes was as part of the cast of 1950s radio show Educating Archie, fronted by the ventriloquist Peter Brough and his dummy Archie Andrews. Sykes (pictured near microphone) was a scriptwriter on the show, which featured guest stars such as Hattie Jacques, Tony Hancock and Benny Hill.
Eric Sykes's early career also saw him writing for comedy greats such as Peter Sellers and Professor Stanley Unwin. In 1967, he had a big screen hit of his own. Slapstick comedy The Plank saw him play an archetypal workman and proved so successful it was later made into a TV series.
Yet the show for which Eric Sykes is probably best known is the long-running hit BBC sitcom Sykes and A... The comedian starred alongside Hattie Jacques, who played his sister. The pair lived together at 24 Sebastopol Terrace and each show saw them beset with yet more banal but infuriating problems of everyday life.
The comedy series also starred Richard Wattis as the "posh" Mr Brown (centre) and Deryck Guyler as the local policeman. The show ended in 1965 only to return in 1975 with the briefer title of Sykes but with the same degree of success with TV audiences.
Eric Sykes was honoured with many accolades throughout his career, including being made an OBE in 1986 and also being given the Freedom of the City of London in 1988, after which he celebrated with fellow entertainer Max Bygraves (left) and scriptwriter Johnny Speight.
Eric Sykes loved performing and making audiences happy but away from the limelight he was a quiet and unassuming man. He referred to himself as a "solitary unit" and lived a quiet life with his wife Edith and three children.