(born 24 March 1941, Dorking
) is a comedy executive and producer.
His first foray into show business was via Cambridge Footlights revues
where he appeared alongside Tim Brooke-Taylor
, Bill Oddie
, John Cleese
, Graham Chapman
, David Hatch
, Jonathan Lynn
, Jo Kendall
and Miriam Margolyes
. He was offered a job as a BBC
radio producer and soon afterwards put together the team who produced the BBC Home Service
comedy show I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again
(four series starting 1964). Moving to television, Barclay oversaw Associated-Rediffusion Do Not Adjust Your Set
Following the ITV
franchise changes of 1968, Barclay moved to London Weekend Television
(LWT) for whom he produced the Doctor...
series (1969–1977). One episode in that series involved a hotel proprietor and his wife and was written by John Cleese
. Barclay said at the time that he thought there might be a series in the characters, but nothing came of it. Later, Cleese created Fawlty Towers
for the BBC.
Barclay became Head of Comedy at LWT in 1977 and supervised various successful series including A Fine Romance
(1981–1984). Following criticism at the Edinburgh International Television Festival
of what was seen as casual racism
the LWT series Mind Your Language
(1977–1979; 1986), Barclay commissioned No Problem!
, transmitted by Channel 4
during 1983-1985, the first original... Read More