Laurence Marks

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Prodigious comedy writer Laurence Marks can count award-winning shows Birds of a Feather, The New Statesman and Goodnight Sweetheart amongst his television credits. From the antics of Sharon, Tracey and Dorien in Birds of a Feather – now in the middle of an eleventh series – to the horribly hilarious Alan B’Stard of The New Statesman (which won the BAFTA for best comedy series, and Emmy in the USA), he and his collaborator Maurice Gran have produced some of TV’s most enduring comic characters.

Laurence has also written for the stage, with shows including The Blair-B’Stard Project, reimagining B’Stard as a proponent of New Labour ideologies, Dreamboats and Petticoats (nominated for an Olivier Award), a theatre adaptation of Birds of a Feather, and Love Me Do, a comedy musical set against the turbulent backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. “The really great thing about a fudged coalition”, B’Stard would famously announce, “is that neither of us have to carry out a single promise of our election manifestos.” Prophetic enough, surely, to flag up Laurence’s talk and New Statesman screening on Wednesday 15 April.

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