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RIP Richard Briers

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weegiemum Mon 18-Feb-13 13:23:37

to me, he will always be the voice of Rhubarb and Custard (showing my age). I realised I've got to the age where I know most famous people who die, rather than saying "who?".

shoppingbagsundereyes Mon 18-Feb-13 13:42:33

Ah. I know he was old but this makes me feel sad. Always came across as a really lovely man

diddl Mon 18-Feb-13 14:12:36


He was only 79!

I remember him in The Good Life mostly-& also Monarch of the Glen.

Tailtwister Mon 18-Feb-13 16:14:19

It's so sad and I have actually shed a few tears (unusual for me!). I love The Good Life in particular and he always reminded me of my Dad. A really sad loss.

Darkesteyes Mon 18-Feb-13 16:20:41

tailtwister he reminds me of my dad too. They seem to have the same mannerisms. I cant really explain it (my dad is still with us btw)

CheeryCherry Mon 18-Feb-13 16:24:29

Seemed a lovely chap, loved The Good Life.

NotADragonOfSoup Mon 18-Feb-13 16:25:16

Oh how sad sad

Cailleach Mon 18-Feb-13 17:33:37


I am beginning to feel a bit old myself... loved the Good Life, and he seemed like such a nice bloke.

SilverOldie Mon 18-Feb-13 17:51:19

That's very sad news sad

yousankmybattleship Mon 18-Feb-13 17:53:55

Such sad news. A really lovely man and massive talent.

Darkesteyes Mon 18-Feb-13 18:09:11

Loosely related to this, sitcoms back then seemed to have stronger female characters in them than in recent years.
I learnt valuable lessons in how to deal with difficult and/or sexist workmen from Sybil Fawlty and Margo Leadbetter.

ripsishere Tue 19-Feb-13 01:15:08

RIP Richard. Poor old sod, he was only in the news recently talking about his emphysema.
Darkeyes. Don't forget Yootha Joyce.

ravenAK Tue 19-Feb-13 01:27:16

I love him in 'Much Ado' as Leonato (taught the play to year 9s for years).

You're so used to cuddly old Richard Briers, if you grew up with the Good Life, which is pretty much the character for the first Act - & then comes the wedding scene, with him exploding so unfairly at his daughter & then the pathos of 'Hath no man's dagger here a point for me?'.

Every class, ever, was electrified by that scene & that performance.

Massively underrated actor.

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 19-Feb-13 01:48:54

raven - yes yes to your comments! I nearly fell off my chair when I saw cuddly Richard Briers in Much Ado. And did you see the lovely things Kenneth Branagh said about him?

He was such amazing actor.

Emilythornesbff Tue 19-Feb-13 08:24:26

I loved him in the good life and as the voices of rhubarb and custard.
I also member him in ever decreasing circles. Such a comforting man to watch and listen to.
Thoughts with his family.

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