Geoffrey Perkins – Original Review

Note: This review is from 2008

Review by Steve Bennett

One of the most gifted and respected TV comedy producers of his generation, Geoffrey Perkins first nurtured his career at Oxford University, where he collaborated with Philip Pope, Angus Deayton and Michael Fenton Stevens at the Oxford Revue. They took a show, Radio Active, to the Edinburgh Fringe, which became a long-running Radio 4 series.

He worked for several years in BBC Radio Light Entertainment, producing such shows as The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and is said to have created the Mornington Crescent game for I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.

He was a director of Hat Trick Productions for several years, where his work included Ben Elton: The Man From Auntie, Father Ted and Harry Enfield’s Television Programme.

Perkins resigned from Hat Trick in order to become BBC Television’s Head of Comedy in 1995, where his credits included The Fast Show, Game On, Coupling, My Family and The Catherine Tate Show.

In 2001, he became an executive producer at Tiger Aspect, the company behind The Vicar of Dibley and The Thin Blue Line, where his credits included the ITV1 comedy Benidorm.

He was killed in August 2008, after being hit by a lorry near his home in Marylebone, Central London.

Review date: 1 Sep 2008
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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