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WAR­REN MITCHELL (19262015). The ac­tor from Lon­don played ‘Bri­tain’s favourite bigot’, Alf Gar­nett. He was only the third choice for the role, with pro­duc­ers hop­ing to se­cure Peter Sell­ers. Once praised by a foot­ball fan for ‘having a go at im­mi­grants’ as Alf, Mitchell replied: ‘We’re having a go at id­iots like you.’ RICHARD BRI­ERS (1934-2013). The part of Tom Good in the BBC’s The Good Life was writ­ten for Bri­ers, but he was con­vinced the sit­com would not be a hit be­cause it was too ‘mun­dane and mid­dle class’. He stud­ied at RADA, and said one of his favourite re­views de­scribed his por­trayal of Ham­let as ‘like a de­mented type­writer’.

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