Comedy writer John Sullivan dies aged 64

John Sullivan

TV’s John Sullivan passed away earlier today at the age of 64 years old after losing his battle with “a short illness.”

Most famous for his work on writing one of the best loved British sitcoms, Only Fools and Horses, John Sullivan was no stranger to British homes, as his work for the BBC has had families laughing for decades and still continues to be shown today. Other famous titles penned by the late South London-born Mr Sullivan include the well-loved Citizen Smith, and the two Only Fools and Horses spinoffs, The Green Green Grass and Rock and Chips (which is due to be shown on thursday.)

John Sullivan always said that his secret was that he wrote about what he knew, and his undeniable talent eventually earned him an OBE in 2005 for services to drama.

Mark Thompson, BBC Director general said, “John had a unique gift for turning everyday life and characters we all know into unforgettable comedy.”
Whilst Mark Freeland, BBC Head of Comedy said, “No one understood what made us laugh and cry better than John Sullivan.”
He has also been described as the Dickens of our time due to his amazing heartfelt comedy.

We would like to offer you a heartfelt thanks for your work and services to us all, now may you rest in peace, John

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