Saturday 24 March 2018

Tributes pour in for creator of Reginald Perrin, David Nobbs, who has died aged 80

David Nobbs has died. Credit: British Humanist Association/PA Wire
David Nobbs has died. Credit: British Humanist Association/PA Wire

Neil Lancefield

Comedy writer David Nobbs has died, the British Humanist Association (BHA) said.

The 80-year-old was best known for writing the classic 1970s British sitcom The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin.

BHA chief executive Andrew Copson said: "David Nobbs was a very special talent and we were all honoured to have worked with him over his years as a patron of the BHA."

Comedian John Cleese also paid tribute to Nobbs.

He wrote: "Very sad today to hear of the death of David Nobbs. First worked with him on the Frost Report in 1966... a lovely kind, gentle man with a delicious sense of humour.

"He wrote many top-class shows and books. His masterwork: the Reggie Perrin shows."

More tributes flooded in from the world of comedy.

The Office creator Ricky Gervais, borrowing a catchphrase from Perrin's tyrannical boss CJ, said: "I didn't get where I am today by not knowing what a genius David Nobbs was. RIP."

Little Britain star Matt Lucas wrote: "Reggie Perrin and A Bit Of A Do were masterpieces. David Nobbs leaves the world a richer place."

Irvine Welsh, who wrote the novel Trainspotting that was made into a hit film, posted on social media: "Very sad to hear of the death of inspirational David Nobbs, who I had quite a few laughs with.

"A comic genius and an excellent human being."

Nobbs wrote the Reginald Perrin novels which were turned into a much-loved sitcom that originally ran between 1976 and 1979 and starred Leonard Rossiter as a man constantly on the verge of a mid-life crisis but with a vivid imagination.

A follow-up, The Legacy Of Reginald Perrin, was aired in 1996.

He is survived by his wife, Susan, four stepchildren, eight step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

His death will be commemorated with a humanist funeral.

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