Carla Lane OBE

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Close up of a woman sitting in a red arm chair wearing a brown scarf.
Photograph © Anita Corbin


First Woman to write sitcoms for the BBC

March 2016, at home in Liverpool

b.1928, Liverpool. d.2016

Carla Lane was a well-loved English television writer. Her first sitcom episode (written with Myra Taylor) aired in 1969 when she was 41 years old. Her solo career launched in 1973 and she became a highly acclaimed writer through the 1970s and 1980s, one of a handful of female writers creating comedy scripts for television. At her peak, Carla’s shows commanded 26 million viewers. For her whole life until her death aged 87 she was also a committed defender of animal rights.

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