Geoffrey Lancashire

Geoffrey Lancashire (12 March 1933 – 3 October 2004) was a British television scriptwriter. He is best remembered for writing television comedy series such as The Lovers and The Cuckoo Waltz. He also wrote 171 episodes of ITV soap opera Coronation Street during the 1960s.

Geoffrey Lancashire

Early lifeEdit

Geoffrey Lancashire was born in Oldham, Lancashire on 12 March 1933 and was educated at the local high school until the age of 15.[1]


Lancashire began his career as a journalist with the Oldham Evening Chronicle newspaper and prior to working in London for national Sunday newspapers, he with a journalist colleague, Roy Bottomley, founded the Oldham Mirror newspaper.[1]

Lancashire was a freelance journalist before joining Granada Television as a continuity scriptwriter days before the company began broadcasting in 1956.[1] He went on to write 171 episodes of Coronation Street, working alongside Tony Warren and Jack Rosenthal. Lancashire also wrote other television series including Inheritance (1967), The Lovers (1970), Shabby Tiger (1973), The Cuckoo Waltz (1975) and Foxy Lady (1982).[1] He had an aptitude for writing and devising television comedy, and with Rosenthal won a Writers' Guild award for The Lovers.[2]

Having become self-employed once again, Lancashire wrote for other television companies. His output included contributions to the BBC's 1965-67 United!, Man at the Top (Thames Television, 1970–72) and All Creatures Great and Small (BBC, 1978–1990).[1]

Personal lifeEdit

In February 1963, Lancashire married Hilda McCormack, a secretary at the Granada Television studios.[3][4] He suffered a series of strokes late in his life. He never fully recovered and lived at Denville Hall, a nursing home for people from the television and theatrical professions. He died at Watford General Hospital on 3 October 2004 and was survived by Hilda,[a] his actor daughter Sarah and her twin brother, and two other sons.[1][2]



  1. ^ Some source say that Geoffrey Lancashire and Hilda had divorced,[5] but others say there had been difficulties in the marriage which were resolved.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Purser, Philip (8 November 2004). "Geoffrey Lancashire". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  2. ^ a b c Temple, John G. (11 October 2004). "Geoffrey Lancashire". The Stage. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  3. ^ "Mr and Mrs Lancashire". Getty Images. Retrieved 2020-10-21.
  4. ^ "OBITUARY: Geoffrey Lancashire". The Free Library. 2004-10-11. Retrieved 2020-10-20.
  5. ^ Duncan, Andrew (29 April 2014). "Sarah Lancashire on Happy Valley: I'm my own harshest critic". Radio Times. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 2017-08-09.

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