Sitcom writer Carla Lane has died at the age of 87. She was one of the most highly paid TV scriptwriters of her generation after creating Butterflies, Bread and co-writing The Liver Birds. She was born Roma Barrack in West Derby, Liverpool, the daughter of a merchant seaman, and her career began with the Liver Birds, which she wrote with fellow Liverpool housewife Myra Taylor, loosely based on their own experiences.

Noel Fielding’s programme about Japanese gameshows is to be a one-off hour-long special, Channel 4 has announced.

Miami Vice star Don Johnson has joined Rupert Grint and Nick Frost in the Sky Atlantic comedy Sick Note.

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