Jack the Lad: A Tribute to Jack Rosenthal

Maureen Lipman

05/03/2005 12:30 pm

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 EvacueesCoronation 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

  Maureen Lipman is an acclaimed film, theatre and television actress, columnist and comedian. She is the author of nine books and writes regularly for Standpoint magazine and Spectator Health.