It has been announced that Ray Galton, the survivor of the famous and ground-breaking Galton and Simpson writing partnership, has died aged 88, following Alan Simpson down Oil Drum Lane and Railway Cuttings, to the place where all the good ones go.
Hancock’s Half-Hour on radio and TV, Steptoe and Son on TV. Galton and Simpson wrote these, the one for one of the world’s best comedians, the other for one of the greatest two-handed comedy actor pairings.
All the actors are gone before, and with Ray Galton’s passing, we have lost the last link to an era when comedy was changed at the hands of these few geniuses. Their impact was the greater for there being limits on what could be seen and heard, so that everyone shared a handful of programmes, and everyone was affected. The choice we have now means fragmentation.
There will never been a Galton and Simpson again, and we are poorer for it. Thank you for what we had.