Thursday, 5 July 2012

Sykes And A Classic Comedy Lifestyle

Sykes promoting a TV special 
on the cover of Radio Times in 1971
Eric Sykes 4 May 1923 - 4 July 2012 

It seems all to easy to look back over comedians actors and musicians lives and coo "What A Legacy they left behind" at the moment.

In the last few years we have lost so many great stars from the golden era of British TV, in many cases we'll probably never see their like again - that can certainly be said of Eric Sykes.

My earliest memories of Eric were his popular TV series in which he starred alongside Hattie Jacques, Deryck Guyler and Richard Wattis in the early 1970s. But of course his career in comedy went right back to 1950s radio knocking out scripts for episodes of The Goon Show and appearing alongside legends such as Tony Hancock, Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers.

Eric took the lead  of his own series on both TV and radio in the early 60s and also made memorable appearances in films such as Monte Carlo Or Bust, It's Your Move and his own platforms which recalled the days of silent comedy The Plank and Rhubarb Rhubarb.

He continued to act despite suffering with deafness throughout most of his adult life. Well into his 80s, Eric still turned up on TV from time to time in shows as diverse as New Tricks and Poirot and even took time out to write his autobiography a few years back.

He was awarded a CBE in 2004.

Sykes was probably one of the last great stars of a classic comedy era, however its great think that his contributions to both written and performed will endure for many more years to come.

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