31st October, Marriott Hotel, Swiss Cottage, London
(Press Release by Brian Gorman)
TV comedy legends BARRY EVANS and VINCE POWELL are to be posthumously honoured with a commemoration lunch at the Marriott Hotel, Swiss Cottage, London at 1pm on the 31st October. There will also be the unveiling of a plaque at Barry Evans’s house earlier in the day in Swiss Cottage where he lived for many years before he moved to Leicester.
The event is being organized by FRANCOISE PASCAL, (Evans’ co-star in the phenomenally successful 1970s and 1980s ITV comedy series ‘Mind Your Language’ which can still boast close to three million fans in Britain and around the world.). Other members of the cast are expected to attend as well as actors who played alongside Evans in the equally popular ‘Doctor in The House’ series.
Barry Evans was born in Guildford, Surrey in 1943, and is best remembered for the popular and controversial 1970s ITV sit-com ‘Mind Your Language’ written by Vince Powell. The show, set in an evening class for mature foreign students, was a huge ratings success, bringing in up to 18 million viewers a week. Evans had previously starred in such iconic films as ‘The White Bus’ (1966) and ‘Here We Go ‘Round The Mulberry Bush’ (1968), and television series’ ‘The Baron’ and ‘Doctor In The House’. He died in 1997 at age 52.
Born in 1928, in Miles Platting, Manchester, Vince Powell wrote some of the most popular and successful television comedy series of all-time. In the 1960s he helped to turn comedian Harry Worth into a household name with ‘Here’s Harry’ (1960-65), and contributed to early episodes of ‘Coronation Street’ (1961-64), and ‘Adam Adamant Lives!’ (1966-67). Other successful series he helped to create and write included ‘George and The Dragon’ (1966-68) with Sid James and Peggy Mount, ‘Never Mind The Quality, Feel The Width’ (1967-71), ‘Nearest and Dearest’ (1968-72) with Jimmy Jewel and Hylda Baker, and ‘Bless This House’ (1971-76), another vehicle for Sid James. With regular writing partner Harry Driver, Powell’s best-known creation was ‘Love Thy Neighbour’ (1972-76); a hugely controversial comedy that was also the most watched show on British Television at the time. In later years he also wrote 130 episodes of ‘Surprise Surprise’ starring Cilla Black, worked on 224 episodes of ‘Blind Date’, and supplied comedy routines for ‘Play Your Cards Right’ with Bruce Forsyth.
Vince Powell died in 2009, aged 80.
There are a limited number of tickets on sale, which can be obtained via Barry Evans & Vince Powell Commemoration Lunch Ticket Line
Tickets are £70 per person (Table of 10: £700). Please provide your telephone number, address, and any dietary requirements. All cheques made payable to: MYL Lunch.
All proceeds will go to BARNARDO’S CHARITY, as Barry Evans was a Barnardo’s child.