David Nobbs, the creator of 70s sitcom The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, has died aged 80.
The comedy writer’s career began in 1963 as a contributor to That Was The Week That Was – the live satire show hosted by David Frost. He went on to write material for comedians Kenneth Williams, The Two Ronnies, Les Dawson and Frankie Howerd, as well as penning over 20 novels.
But Nobbs, who was born in Kent and lived in North Yorkshire, was best known for the hugely popular The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, a 1970s TV series adapted from his own novels, about a man going through a mid-life crisis as he longs to escape his stale marriage, difficult children and dead end job.
The series ran from 1976 to 1979 and starred Leonard Rossiter as Reggie and Pauline Yates as his wife Elizabeth.
Tributes from friends and colleagues have poured in since the news of Nobbs’ death broke, with comedians John Cleese, Stephen Fry, Chris Addison, Matt Lucas and Ricky Gervais all expressing their admiration for the writer and remembering his part in inspiring their own careers in comedy.
Very sad today to hear of the death of David Nobbs.First worked with him on the Frost Report in 1966 ; then on many films for Video Arts
— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) August 9, 2015
Oh no! David Nobbs has died. I liked him very very much. Such a brilliant comic writer and such a kind, wise man.
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) August 9, 2015
Reggie Perrin and A Bit Of A Do were masterpieces. David Nobbs leaves the world a richer place.
— Matt Lucas (@RealMattLucas) August 9, 2015
David Nobbs was a genius of English comedy. That is an astonishing loss. Very sad news indeed.
— Chris Addison (@mrchrisaddison) August 9, 2015
I didn't get where I am today by not knowing what a genius David Nobbs was. RIP
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) August 9, 2015