Richard Briers Dead at 79

Auld-Yin

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Should be a cheap funeral if they just bung him on the midden!

RIP, I thoroughly enjoyed watching him on telly.
 

old_fat_and_hairy

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That is sad but not unexpected. He gave an interview last week in which he talked about his emphysema and how breathless he now was.,
Talented actor who although mostly known for his comedy roles, was also a superb dramatic and Shakespearean actor. His performance in Henry V was superb.

Interestingly ( to me, anyway) was his remarks about the show 'The Good Life'. He maintained a friendship with Penelope Keith but his co-star, Felicity Kendal was quite cool toward him.

Always sad when someone dies, with notable exceptions.
 
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I agree about his performance in Henry V, but I always felt he was at his best as Martin in Ever Decreasing Circles. He paid the pedant so well.
 
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I've been enjoying hearing him recently on Radio4 Extra on Sundays in the Doctor in The House comedies.
Another comedy icon of my youth gone.
 
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Can't be many genuinely funny people left these days.
 
#9
That's a shame, always seemed to be a very nice bloke.

The only good thing to come out of this is that the BBC will take it upon itself to run tribute The Good Life episodes for the next couple of months.


Mmmmmm 2 months of Felicity Kendal in knitted sweaters and tight jeans and Penelope Keith in wellies......mmmmmmmm.
 
#12
Sad, but very predictable, given his recent interview. I admired him for the fact he blamed his condition on his own weakness towards the weed. No blaming the system, the Tobacco Companies or anyone else. You lived your life according to your own rules and it was a Good 'un! Unless I'm mistaken, he also appears to have missed all the (over the top) flak being deposited on "celebrity" gentlemen of a certain age. A decent shift.
 
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The only good thing to come out of this is that the BBC will take it upon itself to run tribute The Good Life episodes for the next couple of months.
I think they've learned their lesson. It'll be a while before they complete the necessary background checks.
 

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He was very good in the dramatisation of PQ17.
 

old_fat_and_hairy

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Mr Briers ( why was he never honoured like so many others?) also made a superbly chilling cameo in an episode of 'New Tricks' where he played a bumbling and likeable character who also poisoned dogs.

It was his very 'chumminess' that made the character he played so evil. It was a masterclass to watch his smile, which never quite reached his eyes and to realise after 45 minutes that this rather sweet old man was in fact really very horrid.
 

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I like him, if it makes me feel old then fine as long as part of the deal is feeling old flic kendalls rump, I'm your man! Emphysema is a nasty business, did for my mates dad and elder brother and when he was diagnosed he chucked himself of Beachy Head rather than go through a slow and painful death. Left two pretty sisters though!
 
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Mr Briers ( why was he never honoured like so many others?) also made a superbly chilling cameo in an episode of 'New Tricks' where he played a bumbling and likeable character who also poisoned dogs.

It was his very 'chumminess' that made the character he played so evil. It was a masterclass to watch his smile, which never quite reached his eyes and to realise after 45 minutes that this rather sweet old man was in fact really very horrid.
He didn't poison dogs he poisoned people with soup made from dogs' livers.
 
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