Knowledge Identifier: +Eric_Sykes
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1923.
Countries: United Kingdom (87%), (5%), Australia (3%)
Linked to: Thames Television, Royal Air Force, BBC, Lancaster University
Forming a partnership with Sid Colin, he worked on the BBC radio ventriloquism show "Educating Archie", which began in 1950, and "Variety Bandbox"
In 1959 Sykes wrote and directed the one-off BBC special "Gala Opening", with a cast that included 'Professor' Stanley Unwin and Hattie Jacques, and played a small supporting role in the Tommy Steele film "Tommy the Toreador"
In December 1961 Sykes co-starred with Warren Mitchell in "Clicquot et Fils", a one-off, 30-minute comedy written by Associated London Scripts colleagues Ray Galton and Alan Simpson
Deryck Guyler - One of his first television appearances was as the Manager of a TV repair shop in "Three Live Wires" in 1961 followed closely by his television success as one of Michael Bentine's sidekicks in the inventive and surreal BBC show "It's a Square World" , but Guyler gained greater recognition on the small screen in his association with comedian and writer Eric Sykes
In 1969 Sykes co-starred with Spike Milligan in the ill-fated television sit-com "Curry & Chips", a satire on racial prejudice created and written by Johnny Speight and made for London Weekend Television
Spike Milligan - In early 1969 Milligan starred in the ill-fated situation comedy "Curry & Chips", created and written by Johnny Speight and featuring Milligan's old friend and colleague Eric Sykes
He was a follower of Oldham Athletic and at one point in the 1970s he was an Honorary Director of the club
Terry-Thomas - In the 1970s he reprised his character from the first two of the films above along with Eric Sykes to make high quality cinema and TV advertisements for Benson & Hedges cigarettes
They would return to the production on and off until 1975, touring the UK twice and taking the show abroad, including to Australia
He wrote the script for the 1977 Yorkshire Television adaptation of "Charley's Aunt" and appeared in the role of Brassett, playing alongside Jimmy Edwards and Judi Maynard
During 1982 Sykes played the Chief Constable in the slapstick police comedy film "The Boys in Blue", which starred the comedy duo Cannon and Ball, with Jon Pertwee
In 1985 he played the Mad Hatter in the Anglia Television serial adaptation of "Alice In Wonderland", joining an all-star cast that included Michael Bentine, Leslie Crowther and Leonard Rossiter, and he had an uncredited role in the Julien Temple film musical "Absolute Beginners" which stars Patsy Kensit
Mary Hayley Bell - She had a brief uncredited role as a nursing home resident in the 1993 Eric Sykes film "The Big Freeze", opposite her husband John Mills
From 1997, Sykes, together with Tim Whitnall and Toyah Willcox, provided narration for the BBC pre-school TV series "Teletubbies"
In 2000 Sykes appeared as Mollocks, the servant of Dr Prunesquallor, in the BBC's mini-series adaptation of Mervyn Peake's "Gormenghast", which was the last production to feature both Milligan and Sykes
In 2001 he had one of his few serious screen roles, playing a servant in the blockbuster supernatural thriller film "The Others", starring Nicole Kidman
N. F. Simpson - A radio documentary about his life and work, "Reality is an Illusion Caused by Lack of N. F. Simpson", produced by Curtains For Radio on BBC Radio 4 on 5 April 2007, featured contributions from Eleanor Bron, Jonathan Coe, John Fortune, Sir Jonathan Miller, Sir John Mortimer, David Nobbs, Ned Sherrin, Eric Sykes and Simpson himself