When Men Behaving Badly and Sherlock producer Beryl Vertue died earlier this year at the age of 90, the TV industry lost one of its greats.
The 1990s sitcom Men Behaving Badly ran for six series in the UK before becoming a lucrative spin-off for American audiences. And Benedict Cumberbatch, who played the legendary detective, dubbed her “Sherlock’s Godmother” for the role she played in editing the BBC’s adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Yet despite her success, few could have predicted just how financially prosperous she was.
When Men Behaving Badly and Sherlock producer Beryl Vertue (pictured) died earlier this year at the age of 90, the television industry lost one of its greats
New Probate figures show Vertue left a fortune of almost £25million, the majority of which is said to be split between her daughters Debbie and Sue. She also left £10,000 for each of her husbands, David Stratford, and writer/producer Steven Moffat, which she wants to use for ‘boy trips’ as she could not have asked for better husbands for her children.
She also gave Gwyneth Vertue, the second wife of Beryl’s husband Clem, her childhood sweetheart who she claimed was still her best friend despite their divorce, £10,000.
Vertue left another friend £2,500 with instructions that the money be used to purchase fine wines to be drunk as a tribute to their friendship. Beryl started out as a secretary typing Spike Milligan’s scripts for The Goon Show and worked his way up negotiating deals for writers and comedians including Frankie Howerd, Tony Hancock and Eric Sykes.
She later became an executive producer and founded her company Hartswood Films in 1979, which resulted in Men Behaving Badly and Sherlock – written by her son-in-law Moffat and produced by daughter Sue.
Vertue has also been involved in the production of many other famous television series including Steptoe and Son, The Alf Garnett Saga, Up Pompeii, the film Tommy and the television film Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
She was awarded an OBE in 2000 and a CBE in 2016, and won a Bafta for Outstanding Creative Contribution to Television.
Vertue was awarded an OBE in 2000 and a CBE in 2016, and won a Bafta for Outstanding Creative Contribution to Television. Pictured: British writer Ray Galton with comedians Eric Sykes, Spike Milligan and Alan Simpson and Beryl Vertue
New Probate figures show Vertue left a fortune of almost £25million, the majority of which is said to be split between her daughters Debbie and Sue. Pictured: King Charles at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace with Vertue
He may have just left Bake Off, but Matt Lucas remains the eternal optimist when it comes to love. “Sent an email with ‘Sending Love’ at the end,” says the 48-year-old, who recently declared he would “happily pass the baguette on” when announcing he was leaving Bake Off. ‘Then I’m re-reading it and I see I wrote ‘Sensing Love’.’ Unfortunately no word on the answer.
US-based actor Stephen Graham has come up with a pretty clever trick to getting home more often. “When I was making Boardwalk Empire, I traded my eight first class flights for 50 economy flights – so I could be home more,” says the 49-year-old Liverpool native. Graham, who is married with two children, adds: “Raising the kids and going to America was never my thing. My bread and butter and my heart and soul are in Britain.’
Why you need to put on your skates to see Torvill and Dean…
Her timeless bolero figure skating routine fascinated millions before winning a gold medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics.
And since then, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have won a new generation of fans with their roles on the popular ITV show Dancing On Ice.
But Jayne, 65, reckons it won’t be long before they have to give up their famous white skates for good.
“We’re still performing in what Christopher calls ‘age-appropriate ways,'” she tells Saga Magazine.
‘When we feel that what we are doing is not good enough, we stop. There are parts of our body that don’t function so well.’
Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have won a new generation of fans with their roles on the popular ITV show Dancing On Ice
Goldie’s girl goes on the offensive
Golden Globe winner Kate Hudson is the latest star to warn of the dangers of getting excited and worrying about upsetting the easily offended.
Speaking at a Bafta party in Piccadilly, London, the 43-year-old said: “Believe in the things we put out and take risks and don’t always make people happy. And sometimes say things that piss people off.”
And the actress’ only daughter, Goldie Hawn, 77, fears we’ll never see her mother again, adding: “I had this really weird moment in Glastonbury this year, sober. I got so emotional after seeing Paul McCartney.
“Maybe it’s because he’s about my mother’s age.”
Let’s hope Sir Chris Whitty has a sense of humor. My spy was at the East Hill pub in Wandsworth, south London, on Sunday night when they witnessed former Health Secretary Matt Hancock taking part in a pub quiz.
Nothing unusual, one might think, until Hancock decided to announce his team’s name.
The former health secretary-turned-star of I’m A Celebrity decided to name it after his former colleague chief medical officer, naming his team Dr. Quiz Witty, which caused a lot of hilarity from other drinkers.
To be fair to Hancock and his new girlfriend Gina Coladangelo, they were part of a squad of six who turned out to be quite clueless, winning the quiz by two points and earning a £50 bar. Are his talents limitless?
Anthea’s perfect solution
Anthea Turner wants to inspire a new generation of housewives by bringing back her reality TV show, The Perfect Housewife.
“There has never been a time when people’s homes needed more care and we needed perfect housewives again,” the 62-year-old tells me.
“We have to take care of our home and clean it up and cook from scratch. We need to go back to all those basics and save some money.
“I think the problem with this new generation of women is that they didn’t have anyone to teach them. It’s not their fault, we sold them the dream and a few practical details now need to be brushed up. So Turner is here.”
Award-winning children’s author Julia Donaldson is considering adding blinds to the study of her Sussex home – after being regularly interrupted by the very people she writes books for.
“I live on a busy street and there is a woman who brings her granddaughter and they just stand in front of the window and stare in for a few minutes and then they go down the street to the cattle trough where the granddaughter is telling herself a story dreaming up, watching me work, inspired by me,” the 74-year-old Gruffalo inventor tells me, adding that it’s not always so friendly. “Most are friendly, but I get cheeky children who call my name. It’s getting a little nervous.’
Her story The Smeds And The Smoos can be seen on BBC1 on Christmas Day.
tanned? No, that’s what Gordon looks like!
When Gordon Brown was pictured seemingly glowing with anger watching an England World Cup match, some speculated that the Scot’s dour expression was due to England winning the game.
Not so says one of the onlookers, Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves, who adds it’s normal behavior from the 71-year-old former PM.
“This is what Gordon looks like,” explains the 43-year-old.
“He was wearing a suit and the photo was of the natural looking Gordon Brown.”
Though it seems football made Reeves feel like Gordon looked. “I’m not interested in football at all,” she adds. “It’s the one thing, Keir [Starmer] and I’m not on the same page about.’
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