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BBC Only Fools And Horses producer Gareth Gwenlan dies at age 79

By Lorna Cooper

Tributes have been paid to Gareth Gwenlan, the former producer of Only Fools And Horses, who has died at the age of 79.

Actress Sue Holderness, best known for playing Marlene Boyce in the popular comedy, spoke with warmth about the late BBC man on Twitter.

She wrote: "So sad to hear about Gareth Gwenlan - such a big part of my professional life. R.I.P."

Mr Gwenlan, appointed head of comedy at BBC TV in 1983, commissioned some of the corporation's most popular shows, including One Foot In The Grave, Blackadder, Yes Prime Minister and 'Allo 'Allo.

He was also behind Keeping Up Appearances, Birds Of A Feather, High Hopes and Bread.

To The Manor Born and The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin are among the other producing credits of the respected television figure, who was awarded an OBE in 2013. Mr Gwenlan was also awarded a Royal Television Society Fellowship in 1997.

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