The Mrs Merton star wrote the kind of euphemism-free banter exchanged among friends and colleagues, but judged harshly by outsiders
The creator of Mrs Merton and The Royle Family paved the way for comedians and writers including Sacha Baron Cohen and Steve Coogan
The actress, writer and director was best known for her roles in TV sitcom The Royle Family and as chat show host Mrs Merton
Talk of 'lowering unemployment to less than 5%' sounded good - but it was even better set to live jazz music
Throughout her 40-year career she was a stand-up, a TV comic, an actor, a singer-songwriter, screenwriter and director, and opened the door for scores of working class, female comic performers
Wood was a mischievous observer of the banal; of office politics, ageing parents and the realities of love. Like the indomitable women she created, death won't keep her down
'Everyone’s a national treasure these days you can’t move for them. But there should only ever be one at a time'
Generous and kind, but with a quick temper, the world-class architect and the legendary comedian had much in common
The 61-year-old Blackadder star is returning to TV with the lead role in ITV’s new adaptation of Maigret
How dull would our lives be if we, in effect, introduce a mandatory retirement age for wisecracks?
Six highlights from Frank Kelly's career-defining role as alcoholic misanthrope Father Jack
After being closeted away in a girls' school and becoming a militant Christian, she's gone on to tell lurid tales of her sex life and is about to play a murderous webcam girl. Whatever happened, Michaela Coel?
It's about the time we stop asking the question: 'Can women be funny?'
Even those who are unfamiliar with Reeves and Mortimer's sketch shows can get a kick out of watching them live
'Hurtful attacks on defenceless people are inappropriate,' a new ethics code says
Gervais hasn’t toured a stand-up routine for some time