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Creator of hit comedy shows Are You Being Served? and 'Allo 'Allo! Jeremy Lloyd dies aged 84

By Robert Dex

Comedy writer Jeremy Lloyd, who created sitcoms including Are You Being Served? and 'Allo 'Allo!, has died aged 84.

His agent said he died in a London hospital yesterday evening from pneumonia.

Alexandra Cann added: "Jeremy was a great wit and always a mass of original ideas. He had a wonderfully original mind and will be greatly missed."

Lloyd, who was married three times including to Joanna Lumley, created a string of hit shows with his writing partner David Croft.

He was given an OBE for services to comedy in 2012. Accepting it, Lloyd said he was "astounded" to be honoured for doing something he enjoyed.

He said: "It is, after all, what I love doing and couldn't have done without the many wonderful actors, directors and others who made my work come to life."

He and David Croft worked up an idea based on Lloyd's past experiences working at Simpsons of Piccadilly, which became Are You Being Served?, set in the fictional Grace Brothers store.

They worked on further shows such as Come Back Mrs Noah and Oh Happy Band, then struck comedy gold again with 'Allo 'Allo!.

Writing about their marriage, which lasted less than a year, Lumley said: "He was witty, tall and charming - we should have just had a raging affair."

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