RIP John Howard Davies

John Howard Davies, producer of many of the BBC’s greatest comedy successes, passed away on Monday 22 August, aged 72.

Davies had a long history of producing for the corporation, with his name accredited to Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Fawlty Towers, Steptoe And Son, The Goodies, and Mr Bean to name but a few comedy gems he worked on.

Promoted to the BBC’s Head of Comedy position in 1977, Davies oversaw the launch of three of the best loved British comedies: Only Fools And Horses, Allo Allo and Yes, Minister.

As well as producing, Davies also co-directed the first four episodes of the Monty Python television and also the first series of Fawlty Towers, including classic episode ‘The Germans’.

In the mid 80s Davies left the BBC, joining Thames Television to help create the classic series Mr Bean with Rowan Atkinson. The show has since been sold to 245 different countries and led to two feature films.

Many will remember Davies in his younger years, with the comedy mogul playing the part of Oliver Twist in the classic David Lean adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ work aged nine in 1946. He stopped acting in 1958.