Beryl Vertue, the legendary English television producer, has died aged 90
Beryl Vertue, one of Britain’s most beloved television producers, died on Saturday February 12 at the age of 90. Beryl’s death has been confirmed by her family.
“It wasn’t Covid, it was just his nearly 91-year-old body saying enough is enough. We were there, so the passing was as good as we could hope for. It is with the heaviest of hearts that we must share the sad news that mum/Beryl passed away peacefully last night,” her daughters Sue and Debbie said in a statement.
The statement continued: “Nothing wrong with her brain – even earlier this week she was grilling us both on work. It’s really impossible to believe she’s gone, because I know we’re not the only ones who think that somehow she would go on forever.”
“She meant so much to so many people. She was not only our mother, she was our best friend, our mentor, our advisor, our role model, our vacation companion, our giggles and our boss! She adored her family and was so proud of all of us. She also loved her career and spending time with everyone.
“She loved a glass of wine at lunchtime, she loved asking the question of common sense, she was often the last person at a party, she didn’t suffer from fools, she was fair, she was kind, she was funny, she was stubborn, in fact, she was the total package and she will be missed beyond words”.
“She was more than a mother to us, she was also a friend. To many in the industry, she was more than a friend – she was often a mother”the statement concluded.
Beryl’s glittering television has seen her produce popular hit shows like ‘men behave badlyand ‘sherlock‘. In her early days as an agent in the 1960s, Beryl represented some of Britain’s finest comedy-writing talent, including Spike Milligan, Eric Sykes, Johnny Speight, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson as well as actors Tony Hancock, and Frankie Howerd.
In 2000, for her services to television, Beryl was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). The British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA) Alan Clarke Award for Outstanding Creative Contribution to Television was awarded in 2004. This was followed in 2106 by a CBE for Services to Television Drama, as reported thesun.co.uk.