Tributes paid to Bread and Butterflies sitcom writer Carla Lane

The celebrated screenwriter passed away yesterday

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Famous faces have come out in force to pay tribute to Carla Lane, a screenwriter who became famous for writing TV series like The Liver Birds, Butterflies and Bread and passed away yesterday aged 87.

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Among those remembering her celebrated career was Melanie Hill, who starred as Aveline in Bread and took to Twitter to express her sadness.

BBC actress Jean Boht, who played Bread’s matriarch Ma Boswell, added that Lane was “dynamic, beautiful, she looked 16 all the time always and loved her animals, more than us I think, and you know she loved everybody”.

Others, including The Thick of It and Peep Show writer Simon Blackwell and Friday Night Dinner’s Robert Popper, spoke up about Lane’s influence over comedy and the sitcom form.

Friend and fellow Liverpudlian Ken Dodd added that she was “a great observer” with a keen eye for everyday humour.

“She was a wonderful, a true modern comedienne writer, but as well as that, you know, she left a wonderful legacy of happiness and proving that once again ladies can be just as funny as men,” he said, according to the BBC.

Some reflected on her conservation work, her love of animals and animal welfare well-known…

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And there were many who were just glad that she’d made them laugh over the years.