Sketch writer Eddie Braben dies

The comedy writer Eddie Braben, the third man behind the success of Morecambe and Wise, has died this morning aged 82 after a short illness. He also wrote for Ken Dodd, David Frost and Ronnie Corbett.

Ant and Dec: 'Thank you Eddie Braben'

ITV presenting duo Ant and Dec and comedian Jack Dee have paid tribute to the sketch writer Eddie Braben who died this morning after a short illness:

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What a great and lasting contribution Eddie Braben made to British comedy.

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Sir Bruce: Eddie Braben 'the third man of the comedy'

Sir Bruce Forsyth, who worked with Eddie Braben on Play Your Cards Right, has paid tribute to the "fantastic" sketch writer saying he will be "sorely missed":

This is sad news, it really is. He was a fantastic writer.

What he did for Eric (Morecambe) and Ernie (Wise) was incredible.

He was the third man of the comedy.

I wish I could have been doing the kind of shows he had written.

His jokes and style of writing will be sorely missed in the business.

– Sir Bruce Forsyth

Braben 'comically played all the right notes, in the right order'

The comedian and author David Baddiel has paid tribute to Eddie Braben, including a reference to the famous Morecambe and Wise sketch he wrote involving the conductor Andre Previn:

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Eddie Braben: a man who, comically, played all the right notes, in the right order, all the time. RIP: and many thanks.

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