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Eric Chappell

25 September 1933 to 21 April 2022

A British writer, who split his time between writing for television and the stage over a career spanning three decades. A specialist in the sitcom arena, especially those that played with the idea of class, Chappell’s creations included Rising Damp (1974-1978), his first real hit and itself based on his play, The Banana Boat; Only When I Laugh (1979-1982); The Bounder (1982-1983); Duty Free (1984-1986); and Home to Roost (1985-1990), including its US spin-off You Again? (1986).

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