Category: BBC; TV Ent
Harry Thompson, TV comedy writer and producer, died yesterday. Harry worked on a number of BBC comedy programmes including Have I Got News For You, Monkey Dust and They Think It's All Over.
Paying tribute to Harry,
Peter Fincham, Controller BBC ONE, said:
"I can't believe this has happened, and happened so quickly. He was that rarity in television - the talented, single-minded, subversive, unassimilated maverick.
"He also wrote brilliant books and his biography of Peter Cook is definitive. He had no time for companies, corporations or executives. His natural urge was always to satirise and debunk. He was one of nature's freelancers, answerable only to himself, challenging, funny and astute. He leaves a big hole in the comedy world. I'll miss him."
Roly Keating, Controller BBC TWO, said:
"Harry was a truly independent spirit and one of the funniest people I've ever known - fearless, endlessly inventive and wickedly observant.
"As a stunningly talented producer and writer he brought pleasure to millions of people, and it's a tribute to his sheer creative energy that he remained active up to the very end. He was a dear friend and colleague and he'll be desperately missed."
Lucy Lumsden, Acting Head of BBC Comedy Commissioning, said: "Harry was a good friend and a brilliant comedy producer and nowhere is this better seen than in Monkey Dust - his award-winning satirical animation for BBC THREE and BBC TWO.
"He constantly challenged us and the audience with his bravery in tackling difficult subjects. He kept us thinking and laughing and I will miss him enormously."