11 July, 2008

Paul Makin, 1954-2008

"A talented Wolverhampton writer, who turned his student job as night watchman at Birmingham NEC into a cult comedy classic, has died from a brain tumour aged 54.

Paul Makin’s Nightingales followed an earlier hit series A Kind Of Living, both original enough to attract first class casts. Nightingales featured Robert Lindsay, James Ellis and David Threlfall, who at the time was a Royal Shakespeare Company heavyweight who grabbed his chance at a great comedy role, echoed years later in his hit character Frank Gallagher in Shameless.

A Kind Of Living starred Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour and Tim Healy.

Mr Makin also contributed scripts to many other shows including Goodnight Sweetheart, starring Nicholas Lyndhurst, and Chef, starring Lenny Henry, plus The Other ’Alf, starring Lorraine Chase, Constant Hot Water, Relative Strangers, Mog, Grown Ups and Roll Over Beethoven."

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1 comment:

mattowski said...

This is a great shame. Paul Makin was a strong, quirky - and in my opinion, very underrrated - writer. Even when writing for the Alomo shows, you could always tell which episodes were his, because he had that elusive thing we are all encouraged to develop; a unique writer's voice.

God bless you Paul.