Television sitcom novelist Carla Lane croaks, aged 87 – BBC News

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Media captionNick Conway, who played Billy Boswell in the sitcom Bread, was grateful to Carla Lane

Television writer Carla Lane, who created demoes including 1980 s Liverpool sitcom Bread, has died aged 87.

Lane, who was born in Liverpool and later became known for her animal privileges activism, likewise wrote Butterflies and co-wrote The Liver Birds.

She died at Stapely Care Home on Tuesday, their own families supported.

They paid tribute to her “quick wit, resolution and passion” which “brought Liverpool to life on screen for others to share”.

The family said: “With heavy hearts we said goodbye to our darling Carla today.

“But with smiles on our faces we also take this opportunity to reflect on her extraordinary accomplishments all of which move us so unbelievably proud to become part of her family.”

Image caption Lane first became known for co-creating and writing The Liver Birds

Lane first became known for The Liver Birds, a sitcom which focused on the well-being of two women who shared a flat together in Liverpool, co-writing and creating the programme with her friend and fellow Liverpudlian Myra Taylor.

The programme aired from 1969 to 1979 and recalled for a one-off line in 1996.

Her next sitcom, Butterflies, which aired from 1978 to 1983, focused on the lives of the Parkinson family and helped propel the career of actor Nicholas Lyndhurst.

Lane then created and wrote Bread, which focused on the working class Boswell family as they strove through the city’s high unemployment and poor prospects in the late 1980 s. It aired for seven serial between 1986 and 1991.

Much of her operate focused on women’s living and featured disappointed homemakers and working class matriarchs.

She received an OBE for services to writing in 1989 but returned it to the then Prime minister blair in 2002 in disgust at animal cruelty.

In 1995, Lane was given a Royal Television Society award for her Outstanding Contribution to British Television.

Image caption Bread focused on the lives of the Boswell family

Lane afterward became known for looking after the thousands of recovery animals – moving live animals sanctuary from her manor in Horsted Keynes, Sussex, until 2009 – and was a close friend of Sir Paul McCartney’s late partner Linda.

Speaking to the Observer in 2008 about their friendship, Lane said: “She had a lot of good friends, but we were friendship-struck from moment one.

“We used to sit on the lawn with our two puppies, kicking needles, and looking at them. We were like two scientists trying to find out why it is don’t like animals, and what we’d do to them, if we are just could.”

Lane too had an animal sanctuary called after her.

Fran Ellis, founder and trustee at the Carla Lane Animals in Need Sanctuary in Melling, Merseyside, paid tribute to a “champion of animal welfare”.

“We changed the refer of our donation to recognise the work done by this special maiden. Her refer will live on in all we do, ” she said.

BBC entertainment correspondent Lizo Mzimba said Lane was someone that “understood people and that’s why she was able to write them so well … there was a real degree of honesty”.

Tributes have been paid to the humor scribe on Twitter.

Actress Melanie Hill, who played Aveline in Bread and starred in long-running school Tv drama Waterloo Road, tweeted: “Very pathetic to hear #CarlaLane has left us. Writer and author of numerous magnificent indicates @BBCOne #bread #Aveline. ”

Piers Morgan tweeted: “RIP Carla Lane, who obliged us all laugh.”

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