Geoffrey Hughes

Geoffrey Hughes DL (2 February 1944 – 27 July 2012) was an English actor. Hughes provided the voice of Paul McCartney in the animated film Yellow Submarine (1968), and rose to fame for portraying much-loved binman Eddie Yeats in the long-running British soap opera Coronation Street from 1974 to 1983, making a return to the show in 1987. However, he is best known for playing loveable slob Onslow in the British sitcom Keeping Up Appearances (1990–95). Later, he appeared in the sitcom The Royle Family playing the part of 'Twiggy' (1998–2000), in the latter of which reprising his role for the specials in 2006 and 2008.

From 2001 to 2005 he played Vernon Scripps, conman and loveable rogue, in the ITV police drama Heartbeat, taking over as the show's main loveable rogue from Bill Maynard's Claude Greengrass, and returning to the show briefly in 2007 after the character was thought dead.

Hughes was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the 1990s, and in 2010 he suffered a cancer relapse which led him to retire from acting. He died from the illness, aged 68, in 2012.

Geoffrey Hughes

Geoffrey Hughes
Hughes as he appeared in Heartbeat
Born2 February 1944
Died27 July 2012 (aged 68)[2]
Isle of Wight, England
Years active1966–2010
Spouse(s)Susan Hughes[3] (?–2012; his death)

Life and career

Hughes was born in Wallasey, Cheshire, to parents Ada and Bill. He had one younger brother, Gordon, and was brought up in Liverpool, where he attended Ranworth Square Primary School. He then went to Abbotsford Secondary Modern School in Norris Green, Liverpool. He started his career in repertory at the Victoria Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent. This was followed by his first West End production, the Lionel Bart and Alun Owen musical Maggie May. His other West End productions included the stage version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Say Goodnight to Grandma, The Secret Life of Cartoons and several seasons of Run for your Wife. He recently played Pistol in an open-air production of Henry V at Barnwell Manor. He also toured extensively in Britain and abroad. He had relatives in Shetland.

Among his many other appearances on television are: An Arrow for Little Audrey; The Saint; Shadows of Fear; Z-Cars; Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased); Flying Lady; Making Out; Coasting; Doctor Who; Spender; and Boon. He played Trinculo in a version of The Tempest for the BBC and Squire Clodpoll in Good Friday 1663, one of Channel Four's new avant-garde operas. His comedy appearances on TV include The Likely Lads, Please Sir!, Dad's Army, Curry and Chips, No, Honestly, The Upper Hand and the character of Onslow in the BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances.

Hughes' film credits included Smashing Time (1967), The Bofors Gun (1968), Till Death Us Do Part (1969), The Virgin Soldiers (1969), The Man Who Had Power Over Women (1970), Revenge (1971), Carry On at Your Convenience (1971), Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall (1973), Tiffany Jones (1973), Confessions of a Driving Instructor (1976), Nijinsky (1980), and Flick (2008). He was also the voice of Paul McCartney in the Beatles' 1968 cartoon film Yellow Submarine.

In 1974, Hughes was cast as binman Eddie Yeats in the long-running soap opera Coronation Street. Over the next nine years he became, with Stan Ogden (as played by Bernard Youens), a foil to Stan's long-suffering wife Hilda (Jean Alexander). He left the series in 1983, making a brief final return appearance in 1987 as part of Hilda's departure from the series. In later years he was offered the opportunity to return to the show, but declined.

Hughes usually appeared in pantomime over the Christmas period. He appeared on That Antony Cotton Show on 6 September 2007, in which he spoke about his role in a short film called Expresso, which also starred Sir Norman Wisdom. Hughes played the part of a man who visits a coffee shop for a "normal" coffee but is served by a pompous waiter. The film was sold in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

In 2007, he performed the Angel Gabriel in the BBC production Liverpool Nativity.[4] From 2007, he also appeared in the first three series of the E4 drama Skins as a recurring character best known as Uncle Keith.

At Christmas 2008 he returned to play Twiggy in The Royle Family's Christmas Special titled "The New Sofa".

In 2009 he played Frank in Tim Firth's Absolutely Frank at the Coliseum Theatre in Oldham.

Personal life

Hughes' off-stage interests were sailing, golf, cricket, rock music, trees and beer. He was also the Honorary Squire of the Dartington Morris Men and made an appearance at the Dartington Morris Ring meeting in September 2008. His musical interests included British folk rock and he compered at Fairport's Cropredy Convention annual music festival several times.[5]

In 2009 he was appointed Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight.[6]


Hughes received a diagnosis of prostate cancer in 1996.[7] He died from the illness on 27 July 2012.[8]

He thought he had beaten the cancer, but in 2010, he collapsed at home with extreme back pain. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer again. Doctors said that he died "peacefully in his sleep".[9] He is survived by his wife Sue.[10]

Television roles

Year Title Role
1969 Please Sir – Series 2 Episode 1: They're Off Turner
1969 Curry and Chips Dick
1970 Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – Episode 17: Somebody Just Walked Over My Grave Harper
1970 Up Pompeii! – Episode 1: Vestal Virgins Piteous
1971 Carry On at Your Convenience As Willie
1972 Dad's Army – 1 Episode: Brain Versus Brawn the Bridge Corporal
1974–83, 1987 Coronation Street Eddie Yeats
1975 Don't Drink the Water – Series 2 Episode 3: "Helping Hand" Frank
1985 The Bright Side Mr. Lithgow
1986 Doctor WhoThe Trial of a Time Lord, parts 13 & 14 Mr. Popplewick
1990–95 Keeping Up Appearances Onslow
1993 I, Lovett Dirk
1995 The Smiths Dooley
1998–2000, 2006, 2008 The Royle Family Twiggy
2001–05, 2007 Heartbeat Vernon Scripps
2007–09 Skins Fat Bastard, Brandy, Uncle Keith


  1. ^ Craig Manning (30 July 2012). "Tributes to Wirral-born Coronation Street star". The Wirral Globe. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  2. ^ Mike Keegan (28 July 2012). "Actor Geoffrey Hughes – Coronation Street's Eddie Yates – dies aged 68". Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  3. ^ Colin Robertson; Alex Peake (4 August 2010). "Wife's bedside vigil for Corrie's Eddie... but pals fear the worst". The Sun. London. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
  4. ^ "New nativity story played to city". BBC. 16 December 2007. Retrieved 26 December 2009.
  5. ^ Fairport's Cropredy Convention Official Souvenir Programme 2007; Fairport's Cropredy Convention Official Souvenir Programme; 2008, page 1
  6. ^ "Geoffrey Hughes: Versatile actor who was happy to be cast as the lovable scouser". 30 July 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  7. ^ {{cite news|title=Geoffrey Hughes|url=
  8. ^ "Coronation Street actor Geoffrey Hughes dies aged 68". BBC News. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  9. ^ Jones, Cass (28 July 2012). "Actor Geoffrey Hughes dies aged 68". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  10. ^

External links

1944 in British television

This is a list of British television related events from 1944.

Brain Versus Brawn

Brain Versus Brawn is the tenth episode of the fifth series of the British comedy series Dad's Army. It was originally transmitted on 8 December 1972. It was also adapted for radio and broadcast as part of the second radio series in 1975. This is the highest rated episode of Dad's Army. 18.5 million viewers tuned into it.


A cuckold is the husband of an adulterous wife. In evolutionary biology, the term is also applied to males who are unwittingly investing parental effort in offspring that are not genetically their own.

Curly Watts

Norman Arthur "Curly" Watts is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera Coronation Street, from 1983 to 2003, and in a few spin-off DVDs in 2010. He was portrayed throughout by Kevin Kennedy.

Most of Curly's storylines dealt with his repeated failure to form a successful romantic relationship. His nickname resulted from him having straight, lank hair and getting into rows over money, mainly in 1996. His hobby was astronomy, and he installed a telescope in the loft of his house.

Eddie Yeats

Edward Jeremy Timothy "Eddie" Yeats is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Coronation Street, played by Geoffrey Hughes. He made his first screen appearance on 23 December 1974 and remained a regular until 1983, when Hughes opted to quit. However, he reprised his role in December 1987 to facilitate the departure of Jean Alexander as Hilda Ogden. Despite numerous attempts from producers to persuade Hughes to return, he consistently declined, and Hughes' death in 2012 ruled out a return for the character.

Flick (2008 film)

Flick is a campy British horror film written and directed by David Howard, and starring Hugh O'Conor and Faye Dunaway. It had its theatrical release in 2008, and the DVD of the film was released in the United Kingdom on 19 October 2009. The film was shot in and around Cardiff, Pontypool, Newbridge, Caerphilly, Briton Ferry Wales.

I, Lovett

I, Lovett is a BBC television sitcom written by Norman Lovett and Ian Pattison. Seven episodes were broadcast, a pilot in 1989 and a six episode series in 1993.

Keeping Up Appearances

Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke. It aired on BBC One from 1990 to 1995. The central character is an eccentric and snobbish lower middle class social climber, Hyacinth Bucket (Patricia Routledge), who insists that her surname is pronounced “Bouquet”. The show comprised five series and 44 episodes, four of which are Christmas specials. Production ended when star Patricia Routledge moved on to other projects. All episodes have since been released on DVD.

The sitcom follows Hyacinth in her attempts to prove her social superiority, and to gain standing with those she considers upper class. Her attempts are constantly hampered by her lower class extended family, whom she is desperate to hide. Much of the humour comes from the conflict between Hyacinth's vision of herself and the reality of her underclass background. In each episode, she lands in a farcical situation as she battles to protect her social credibility.

Keeping Up Appearances was a great success in the UK, and also captured large audiences in the US, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Ireland, Belgium, and the Netherlands. By February 2016, it had been sold nearly 1,000 times to overseas broadcasters, making it BBC Worldwide's most exported television programme. In a 2004 BBC poll it placed 12th in Britain's Best Sitcom. In a 2001 Channel 4 poll Hyacinth was ranked 52nd on their list of the 100 Greatest TV Characters. The show has been syndicated on Gold and Drama in the UK; on PBS in the United States; and on 7TWO and 9Gem in Australia.

In September 2016, BBC One transmitted a 30-minute prequel, titled Young Hyacinth, in which Kerry Howard plays 19-year-old Hyacinth Walton, who is working as a maid in 1950s Britain.


The word kike () is an ethnic slur for a Jew.

List of Coronation Street characters (1975)

Coronation Street is a British soap opera first broadcast on 9 December 1960. The following is a list of characters that first appeared in 1975, by order of first appearance.

Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire

This is a list of people who served as Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire, Scotland.

Archibald Montgomerie, 11th Earl of Eglinton 17 March 1794 – 30 October 1796

Hugh Montgomerie, 12th Earl of Eglinton 23 November 1796 – 14 December 1819

George Boyle, 4th Earl of Glasgow 7 January 1820 – 15 August 1842

Archibald Montgomerie, 13th Earl of Eglinton 15 August 1842 – 4 October 1861

Archibald Kennedy, 2nd Marquess of Ailsa 4 December 1861 – 20 March 1870

John Dalrymple, 10th Earl of Stair 15 June 1870 – 1897

George Arnulph Montgomerie, 15th Earl of Eglinton 1897 – 10 August 1919

Archibald Kennedy, 3rd Marquess of Ailsa 16 November 1919 – 1937

Sir Charles Fergusson, 7th Baronet 18 February 1937 – 1950

Sir Geoffrey Hughes-Onslow 17 July 1950 – 1969

Sir James Fergusson, 8th Baronet 7 April 1969 – 25 October 1973

Col. Bryce Muir Knox 5 March 1974 – 1975

Norris Green

Norris Green is a large housing estate and council ward in Liverpool, Merseyside, England. At the 2001 Census it had a population of 17,784, which had fallen to 15,047 at the 2011 Census.

Revenge (1971 film)

Revenge! is a 1971 British thriller film directed by Sidney Hayers and starring Joan Collins, James Booth and Sinéad Cusack. The screenplay concerns a family who seek brutal revenge on the man who they suspect attacked their daughter. The film is based on the novel "There Was an Old Woman" by Lou Ellen Davis.

In May 1976 this was released in the United States under the title Inn of the Frightened People. When it was released in the United States on video, it was retitled Terror From Under the House. That version is available as a region-free DVD. The region 1 DVD is titled Revenge!

Smashing Time

Smashing Time is a 1967 British comedy film starring Rita Tushingham and Lynn Redgrave. It is a satire on the 1960s media-influenced phenomenon of Swinging London.

It was written by George Melly and directed by Desmond Davis. The supporting cast included Ian Carmichael, Michael York, Jeremy Lloyd, Anna Quayle, Irene Handl, Arthur Mullard and Geoffrey Hughes.

Somebody Just Walked Over My Grave

Somebody Just Walked Over My Grave is the seventeenth episode of the popular 1969 ITC British television series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) starring Mike Pratt, Kenneth Cope and Annette Andre. The episode was first broadcast on 9 January 1970 on the ITV. Directed by Cyril Frankel.


Spender is a British television police procedural drama, created by Ian La Frenais and Jimmy Nail, that first broadcast on 8 January 1991 on BBC1. The series, which also starred Nail as the title character, ran for three series between 1991 and 1993, finishing with a feature-length special, The French Collection, broadcast on 29 December 1993. A total of twenty-one episodes were produced. The first and second series were produced by Martin McKeand, while the third and final series was produced by Paul Raphael and Peter McAleese.

The series, set in Newcastle upon Tyne, focuses on the life and exploits of Detective Sergeant Freddie Spender, who was often chosen to carry out more daring police cases. With his criminal sidekick Stick (Sammy Johnson), Spender was regarded as one of the more remarkable TV detectives of the 1990s. The series featured an extensive back story for the main characters, with a number of episodes dealing with Spender's domestic life, his family and circumstances. Some of the storylines were however seen as somewhat dark; one episode featured the death of Spender's wife at the hands of a ruthless gangster, another on the kidnap of one of his daughters.The series was notable for being actress Denise Welch's national television debut. Mickey Hutton, who played recurring character 'Spud' Tate in the series, was formerly in a band with Nail. Guest stars in the series included Amanda Redman, Rodney Bewes, Frances Tomelty, Julie Peasgood, Jan Graveson, Geoffrey Hughes, Bobby Pattinson, Tom Bell and Ian McElhinney. The series was broadcast on Tuesday evenings in the peak time slot that followed the BBC's flagship Nine O'Clock News. No further series were produced following the feature-length special, despite the popularity of the show, and it being a smash hit for the BBC in terms of ratings. In 1992, a novelisation of the series, written by Nail, was published. The series has never been released on DVD.

The Likely Lads

The Likely Lads is a British sitcom created and written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, and produced by Dick Clement. Twenty episodes were broadcast by the BBC, in three series, between 16 December 1964 and 23 July 1966. However, only ten of these episodes have survived. Although it was never actually confirmed on screen, the sitcom was generally assumed to be set in Newcastle upon Tyne, North East England.

This show was followed by a sequel series, in colour, entitled Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, broadcast between 9 January 1973 and 24 December 1974. This was followed in 1976 by a spin-off feature film The Likely Lads.

Some episodes of both the original black and white series and the colour sequel were adapted for BBC radio with the original television cast.

The Royle Family

The Royle Family is a British television sitcom produced by Granada Television for the BBC, which ran for three series from 1998–2000, and specials from 2006–2012. It centres on the lives of a television-fixated Manchester family, the Royles, comprising family patriarch Jim Royle (Ricky Tomlinson), his wife Barbara (Sue Johnston), their daughter Denise (Caroline Aherne), their son Antony (Ralf Little) and Denise's fiancé (later husband) David (Craig Cash).

The series features simple production values and a stereotypical portrayal of working-class family life at the turn of the millennium. It therefore has something in common with kitchen sink drama. Almost all of the episodes take place in the Royles' home, largely in the telly-centric living room, with the humour derived from the conversations held therein. Aherne and Cash co-wrote every episode, along with Henry Normal (series one), Carmel Morgan (series two), and Phil Mealey (five Christmas specials). A sixth special episode was set to be written, but Aherne died on 2 July 2016, effectively ending the programme.

In the British Film Institute‘s list of the 100 greatest British television programmes drawn up in 2000 and voted on by industry professionals, The Royle Family was placed 31st. In a 2001 Channel 4 poll, Jim Royle, the misanthropic head of the household known for such mocking phrases as "my arse!", was ranked eleventh on their list of the 100 Greatest TV Characters. In a 2004 BBC poll to find Britain's Best Sitcom, The Royle Family was placed 19th. The series has also won several BAFTA awards.


This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by authors (here).
Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.