His track record in television and radio was extraordinary, but I'll always remember him as a performer on Radio Active and its somewhat less-successful television version KYTV. The Radio Active version of Martin Chuzzlewit had to be heard to be believed, and it gave a home to Phil Pope's inspired musical spoofs, including The Heebeejeebees and their almost-hit `Meaningless Songs In Very High Voices.'
I'm not so sure about the claim that he was responsible for thinking up `Mornington Crescent' - I seem to recall hearing a slightly different story about that when Humphrey Lyttleton died - but we'll see.
Anyway, as a producer he had a huge effect on British comedy, although as head of BBC tv comedy he also had to shoulder the blame for a few duds, but nobody's perfect. The new Harry Enfield-Paul Whitehouse series, which starts soon on BBC1, is going to be bittersweet.