It is a sad day indeed in British comedy today as it is announced that Are You Being Served? actor, Frank Thornton, has passed away.
Reports in today’s Sun newspaper say that Thornton, who played Captain Peacock in the hugely popular, long-running department store sitcom which also starred late EastEnders star Wendy Richard (Pauline Fowler) and late Coronation Street star, Mollie Sugden, passed away, peacefully in his sleep at the age of 92.
Thornton’s agent, David Daly, confirmed the news, adding:
“I have been Frank’s agent since 1986 and he has been the most wonderful client as well as being a great friend. He will be sorely missed.”
As well as Captain Peacock, Thornton is also well known for his role as Truly in the BBC sitcom Last Of The Summer Wine, appearances in Hancock’s Half Hour, The Goodies and Steptoe and Son as well as reprising his role as the Captain in the Are You Being Served sequel, Grace & Favour (Are You Being Served Again).
After news of Thornton’s passing, fans took to social networking site, Twitter, to express their sadness.
Producer Paul Duane said: “Lovely old Frank Thornton, of Are You Being Served?, has died. He was a terrifically nice chap to work with.”
Over the course of its 13-year run, Frank Thornton along with Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Wendy Richard and Nicholas Smith were the only cast members to appear in all 69 episodes, and in 2004, Are You Being Served? came twentieth in “Britain’s Best Sitcom”.
In January 2010 the BBC screened the show’s pilot programme (seen in colour for the first time since the early 1970s) alongside several tribute shows to the late actors who appeared in the series with BBC2 dedicating an entire night to the show.
Take a look back at some of Frank’s finest moments in the clip below:
Are thoughts and prayers are with Franks family at this sad time x