'A creative romantic at heart' - comedian Ken Dodd pays tribute to Bread writer Carla Lane

'A creative romantic at heart' - comedian Ken Dodd pays tribute to Bread writer Carla Lane

Carla Lane, who died on Tuesday at the age of 87

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Legendary comedian Ken Dodd has paid tribute to the influential sitcom writer and animal-rights activist Carla Lane, who died on Tuesday at the age of 87. 

Liverpool-born Lane, who received an OBE in 1989 but returned it in a protest over animal cruelty in 2002, created several hit shows in the 1970s and 1980s, including The Liver BirdsBread and Butterflies

Dodd, who had known the screenwriter since schooldays, told Johnny Gould and Ash about the impact she had.

"Carla Lane was a lovely wonderful lady," he said. "When I knew her she was a very beautiful teenager, and we went to the same youth club in Liverpool.

"She was always writing poetry. We had a youth club magazine, and there would always be a poem or a story in there by [her].

"She was very glamorous, always dressed in a colourful outfit. She was a creative romantic at heart.

"She had a marvellous gift for being able to tune in to the Liverpool sense of humour.

"It was amazing to me years later, sitting watching the telly one day and Carla Lane who wrote Bread and Liver Birds was [the same person].

"It's been a very sad month for people leaving us from show business."