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Old 09-05-2016, 02:27 PM   #1
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Only Fools and Horses producer Gareth Gwenlan dies

he former producer of Only Fools and Horses, Gareth Gwenlan, has died at the age of 79.
Mr Gwenlan, who was born in Brecon, Powys, was previously the head of comedy at BBC TV and BBC Wales and was awarded an OBE in 2013.
He was responsible for commissioning a string of hit series including Yes Prime Minister, Blackadder, 'Allo 'Allo and One Foot In The Grave.
He was producer on The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin and To The Manor Born.
Mr Gwenlan also produced and directed High Hopes for BBC Wales

As head of comedy for BBC TV from 1983 until 1990, he was responsible for commissioning a number of classic comedy series including Yes Prime Minister, Bread, Blackadder, 'Allo 'Allo, One Foot In The Grave, Birds of a Feather and Keeping Up Appearances.
During his tenure, the department won the Best Comedy at the Bafta awards every year and counted three Emmys among its other awards.
He admitted he could make mistakes - including trying to persuade the producer of One Foot In The Grave that Richard Wilson was not the right choice for the role of Victor Meldrew.

As a producer/director, he collected 12 Bafta nominations and two Academy awards.
He was awarded a Royal Television Society Fellowship in 1997, as well as winning six other industry awards that year, and in 1998 he was elected a fellow of the Welsh College of Music and Drama.
When he produced the Christmas trilogy in 1996, more than 20 million viewers tuned in to watch Del Boy and Rodney finally become millionaires.
When you stop watching what they want you to watch you stop thinking what they want you to think.. Then you see a world that is nothing like they tell you it is.

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