Saturday, 23 April 2011

John Sullivan OBE 1946-2011

John Sullivan -
British Comedy Guide
The creator of Comedy classics Citizen Smith, Just Good Friends and Only Fools and Horses, John Sullivan has died aged 64. He had been in intensive care for six weeks suffering from Viral Pneumonia.

Sullivan had been writing television comedy since the 1970s , his first initial success been Citizen Smith starring Robert Lindsay.

The Classic Scenario Lindsay's Wolfie Smith attempting to start a revolution in Tooting still makes classic viewing today, and one episode title from the series Only Fools and Horses inspired Sullivan's future series of the same name starring David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst.

Just Good Friends was also a popular series from the 1980s featuring Paul Nicholas and Jan Francis and kept viewers guessing for many episodes if ex lovers Vince and Penny really could be just good friends after Vince stood Penny up prior to their wedding. Recent successes for Sullivan were the Only Fools spin-offs Green Green Grass and the prequel Rock N Chips.

However; it is likely that Sullivan will certainly be remembered for his creations of the Trotter family in Only Fools and Horses, the earlier series of which have rightfully been claimed as comedy classics.

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