King of Comedy
Angus Deayton presents a tribute to the influential comedy producer, writer and performer Geoffrey Perkins, who died recently.
When Geoffrey Perkins was killed recently in a road accident, the world of British comedy was united in mourning for a unanimously admired talent and much-loved friend. From success in the Oxford Revue and at the Edinburgh Festival, Geoffrey moved into radio comedy at the BBC, and was instrumental in the success of such hit series as Week Ending, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. He also enjoyed success as a writer and performer on Radio Active, which he wrote and appeared in with Angus Deayton.
His work on a host of TV classics, including Spitting Image, Father Ted and The Fast Show, led to his appointment as Head of Comedy for the BBC, a position that he used to continue nurturing the best of British comedy talent until his untimely death.
Clive Anderson, Michael Portillo, Graham Linehan, John Lloyd and many others offer their own personal tributes.