Hill's writer dies

A 40-year career in TV comedy

Comedy writer Dave Freeman, who worked for Benny Hill, Terry and June and the Carry On movies, has died at the age of 82.

In a TV career that spanned almost 40 years, he wrote for sitcoms including Bless This House and Robin's Nest, as well as contributing lines to Tommy Cooper, Frankie Howerd and Tony Hancock.

But it was Benny Hill with whom he was most closely associated, being his only co-writer on his BBC show that ran from 1955 to 1968.

Freeman died on Easter Monday at his home in Queen’s Park, North West London, following a long illness it emerged today.

His son Greg said: "My father and Benny Hill were trailblazers and their sketches paved the way for the comedy we have today. It was a forerunner of programmes like The Fast Show."

He wrote Carry On Behind in 1975 and the revival Carry on Columbus in 1992.


Published: 1 Apr 2005

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