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Tributes paid to Ned Sherrin CBE

Ned Sherrin, a much loved broadcaster, writer, interviewer, producer and raconteur, has died aged 76.


He hosted BBC Radio 4's enduringly popular Loose Ends from its start in 1986 and also went on to host the popular music quiz Counterpoint on the station.


Mark Thompson, BBC Director-General, said: "I am deeply saddened by the news of the death of Ned Sherrin. Through his brilliant early work Ned was a trail blazer who paved the way for the sophisticated modern comedy satire shows that are so much loved by audiences today.


"His contribution across decades made him one of Britain's best loved voices. The entertainment industry owes Ned Sherrin a huge debt and he will be remembered with enormous affection and gratitude by the BBC and by countless millions of viewers and listeners."

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Sue Lawley and Ned Sherrin at the Desert Island Discs 50th anniversary party in 1992


Mark Damazer, Controller, Radio 4, said: "Ned brought to Radio 4 a fabulous cocktail of wit, zest, curiosity and mischief – all based on an extraordinary knowledge of stage, screen and writing.


"Ned and Loose Ends introduced to Radio 4 an incredible array of talent. He was an impresario as well as a great raconteur. He was a natural broadcaster - and got the best out of others.


"He sparkled and made us all smile and laugh. And for all his fame – he was considerate and kind. He will be hugely missed."

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That Was The Week That Was: producer Ned Sherrin and Willie Rushton (as policeman)


Born on 18 February 1931 in Somerset, Ned was educated at Exeter College, Oxford and Gray's Inn.


He was called as a barrister in 1955 but joined ATV immediately after as a Producer in London and Birmingham.


Two years later he moved to London to the BBC and directed the Tonight programme. Over the next eight or nine years he directed and produced a range of variety shows, panel games and musicals.


In 1962 he devised, produced and directed BBC Television's That Was The Week That Was and its successor.


He left the BBC in 1966 to produce films and in the next few years produced The Virgin Soldiers, The National Health and Girl Stroke Boy amongst others.


As an author Ned Sherrin had a long collaboration with Caryl Brahms which produced many songs, three novels, two collections of short stories, a number of radio and television plays, five plays for the theatre – most notably Beecham starring Timothy West – and six musicals.


His autobiography Ned Sherrin - The Autobiography was published in 2005.


He also toured for five years with his one-man show An Evening with Ned Sherrin - Theatrical Anecdotes.

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That Was The Week That Was: (foreground l-r) Lance Percival, David Kernan and compere David Frost talking to producer Ned Sherrin


In 1997 Ned Sherrin was awarded the CBE in the New Year's Honours list.


Ned Sherrin passed away peacefully at home yesterday afternoon surrounded by friends. He had been ill for the past year. He was 76.


A special programme – Ned Sherrin: A Tribute – will be broadcast on Radio 4 at 6.30pm tonight (Tuesday 2 October).


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Category: Radio 4
Date: 02.10.2007
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