Roy Clarke

Roy Clarke

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Roy Clarke OBE (born 28 January 1930 in Austerfield, Yorkshire) is an English comedy writer.


Clarke is best known for creating BBC Sitcom; Last of the Summer Wine, Open All Hours and Keeping Up Appearances. Starring well known comedy actors; Bill Owen, Peter Sallis, Brian Wilde, Kathy Staff, Dame Thora Hird, Ronnie Barker, David Jason and Patricia Routledge.

He is less known for creating sitcoms; Ain't Misbehavin andOh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt! in 1974, writing the pilot episode, though Alan Plater wrote the eventual series. Clarke has also worked in film, and wrote the acclaimed drama A Foreign Field (1993).

At its peak, Last of the Summer Wine had over 22 million viewers. In 2003, Clarke adapted his Last of the Summer Wine chronicle The Moonbather for a world premiere performance at the Scunthorpe Little Theatre Club.

He received an OBE for his contribution to British comedy. In 1994, Clarke was granted the Freedom of the Borough of Doncaster; the highest honour the Council can bestow. He was awarded the lifetime achievement award at the 2010 British Comedy Awards.

Personal life

He currently resides in rural Goole, East Riding of...
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