'The comedy alchemist'

Friends remember Barry Took

John Cleese, Terry Jones and Alan Coren have paid tribute to Barry Took at a commemoration service.

They were among the friends who gathered at St John's Wood church in London to remember the comedy writer and broadcaster, who died in March at the age of 73.

BBC Radio 2 controller Jim Moir called him a "comedy genius".

On the order of service, he wrote: "I count it a privilege to have bandied words with the comedy alchemist who created a golden age of radio entertainment and whose vision and encouragement gave television some of its ground-breaking comedy of the Seventies."

Published: 3 Jul 2002

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