Kay Meller, author of the hit TV dramas “Fat Friends” and “The Syndicate”, has died at the age of 71.
The Leeds-born playwright died Sunday, her production company said.
“We have lost phenomenal talent and real light,” Rollem Productions said in a statement.
Other TV credits include Band of Gold, for a group of women from the Bradford Red Light District, the football series Playing the Field and Girlfriends.
Miller also wrote episodes on Coronation Street and Brookside and created the award-winning children’s drama Children’s Ward.
She became pregnant at the age of 16 in 1967 and married the child’s father, Anthony Meller, who was 17.
Meller returned to her education when her two daughters (actress Gaynor Faye and television producer Yvonne Francas) were of school age and began working for Granada Television in the 1980s.
Fat Friends, for members of the Leeds weight loss group, features James Cordon, Ruth Jones, Alison Stedman and Meller’s youngest daughter, Gaynor, and was later turned into a musical.
Jones, who went on to write and play in Gavin and Stacey with Cordon, said Meller was “such an earthy, funny, big-hearted man whose brilliance lies in seeing the extraordinary in everyday life.”
Meller chose Fat Friends’ themed tune, The Beautiful South’s Perfect 10, when he appeared on the BBC’s Desert Island Discs in 2017, saying that every time he heard it, he would be “excited and get butterflies”.
Sir Lenny Henry said he was “lucky to work with (Meller) on The Syndicate and found her incredibly creative, fun and instinctive”, adding that she “knows how to get the best out of us as actors”.
Screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce said he was “on Corey when (Meller) was,” adding: “She was so windy intelligent, so carelessly kind, so ready to get things done.”
Lisa Riley of Emmerdale said Meller had been “taken very far to a young age” and was “the best boss to work for.”
Actress Sunetra Sarker, whose credits include “Game in the Field”, “Victims” and “Cold Feet”, tweeted: “I remember how comfortable (Meller) made me feel when I worked with her, so smart and witty. From the iconic Band of Gold to (the) today, she really protects women. “
Kim Marsh said she had “the pleasure of working briefly with Kay last year and it was an absolute honor to do so”, adding that Meller was “a huge talent, a great person, a wonderful lady”.
Kay Meller, screenwriter of the hit TV dramas “Fat Friends” and “The Syndicate”, has died at the age of 71 | United Kingdom news
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