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Raymond Allen, best known for writing the classic 1970s sitcom ‘Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em’, has died on the Isle of Wight, aged 82.
Born in 1940 in Ryde, the British television screenwriter and playwright has penned sketches for many comedy legends including Frankie Howerd, Dave Allen, Hale and Pace, Jimmy Cricket and Little and Large, and more than 30 plays.
He will be best remembered as the creator of one of television’s funniest and most popular sitcoms, Some mothers have themwhich starred Michael Crawford as the ill-fated “Frank Spencer” and Michele Dotrice as his wife “Betty”.
It was regularly watched by 25 million viewers and also aired in over 60 countries.
In a statement, Raymond Allen’s family said:
“It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father-in-law and grandfather. After a short illness, surrounded by family and friends, he passed away peacefully on Sunday 2 October 2022.
“His life’s work has brought joy and laughter to millions of people, not only in this country, but all over the world. Raymond has left us all with wonderful memories filled with fun, laughter and love. . He will be remembered as a very humble, kind and generous man. His legacy will live on. He will be missed by many.”
Ray was a guest on the late John Hannam’s Isle of Wight radio show, John Hannam meets.