From Jimmy Anderson in The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin to Ben Parkinson in Butterflies to Lionel Hardcastle in As Time Goes By, Geoffrey Palmer has been a constant fixture in our collective British comedy lives for the better part of four decades with these three series alone. Palmer, who has had numerous guest roles in series such as Doctor Who, Inspector Morse, Blackadder Goes Forth, Poirot, Ashes to Ashes and Rev, had perhaps his most well-known guest starring role as Dr Price in “The Kipper and the Corpse” episode of Fawlty Towers in 1979.
Having celebrated six decades in television in 2018, Palmer turned 92 years young earlier this week on Tuesday, 4 June. In addition to his lengthy television career, Palmer has appeared in a number of films including two with his As Time Goes By co-star, Dame Judi Dench, as Admiral Roebuck in the James Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies, and as Sir Henry Ponsonby in Mrs. Brown. Palmer was also seen in John Cleese’s A Fish Called Wanda alongside Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline and Michael Palin.
In the New Year’s Honours List published 31 December 2004, Palmer was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama. We had the great good fortune of interviewing Geoffrey Palmer on two separate occasions as part of our PBS productions, Funny Blokes of British Comedy (2005) and Behind the Britcoms: From Script to Screen (2010). In the 2010 special, Palmer talked at great length about the writers of two of the sitcoms that his is most associated with…..
Carla Lane (Butterflies)
Bob Larbey (As Time Goes By)
Happy belated birthday, Geoffrey Palmer. Thanks for years of laughter….past, present and future.