British comic, Eric Sykes
has sadly died, probably most familiar to an international audience as the halfwitted sidekick to Terry-Thomas
in the wonderful ensemble movies Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines
and Monte Carlo or Bust!
, Eric Sykes was better known to British audiences for his longtime association with larger than life comedienne Hattie Jaques
on radio and television during the 50s, 60s and 70s, his eponymous BBC TV show being essential viewing on a weekday evening for those of us of a certain age to remember.
One of the last of a plethora of talented post war British comics reared in the culture of Broadcasting House, a generation that included Peter Sellers
, Jimmy Edwards, Willie Rushton
and Spike Milligan
. Personally very sad.