Jack the Lad: A Tribute to Jack Rosenthal
Jack Rosenthal, who died in 2004 aged 72, was one of Britain’s best loved screenwriters. Gentle, warm and humorous both in style and character, he has been described as television’s Charles Dickens. Rosenthal penned some of the nation’s favourite dramas, from Barmitzvah Boy to The Evacuees, Coronation Street to London’s Burning, uniquely winning three Baftas back-to-back during the 1970s. Manchester-born and bred, his distinctive writing focused on the tragicomedies of everyday life, combining those two great comic traditions: Northern and Jewish humour.
His wife, actress Maureen Lipman, paid tribute with the launch of By Jack Rosenthal: An autobiography in six acts with readings by his family and friends.
Maureen Lipman, CBE, has appeared in a large number of West End productions since her 1969 stage debut, and in films including Up the Junction and Educating Rita. She is the author of several humorous books.