Open All Hours writer Roy Clarke appears at literary festival

***MUST CREDIT PICTURE: Malcolm Howarth***'Last of the Summer Wine author Roy Clarke. Picture:  Malcolm Howarth
***MUST CREDIT PICTURE: Malcolm Howarth***'Last of the Summer Wine author Roy Clarke. Picture: Malcolm Howarth

Legendary Last Of The Summer Wine and Open All Hours creator Roy Clarke has written a new chapter in his career.

The Doncaster-based writer, responsible for creating some of British television’s best-loved characters, took centre stage at the Little Theatre as part of this year’s inaugural Doncaster Literary Festival.

The scriptwriter held a question and answer session and there was also a screening of some of his much-loved shows as part of the event which aims to promote the written word in Doncaster.

Mr Clarke met with the civic mayor of Doncaster, Coun Christine Mills, ahead of the event and there was a screening of two episodes of his work before he addressed the audience.

The 83-year-old writer first made his name by penning the classic Last Of The Summer Wine, which aired on BBC between 1973 and 2010.

At its peak the show was watched by more than 22 million people a week.

He had another hit on his hands when he created miserly shopkeeper Arkwright in the Doncaster-filmed Open All Hours, starring Ronnie Barker and David Jason.

And he completed a trio of smashes with Keeping Up Appearances, starring Patricia Routledge as the snobby Hyacinth Bucket.

He also wrote acclaimed 1993 drama film A Foreign Field.