Laurence Marks (British writer)

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Laurence Marks
Born (1948-12-08) 8 December 1948 (age 66)
Camden, London, England
Occupation Scriptwriter
Nationality British
Period 1979–present
Genre Television
Notable works Holding the Fort (1980–82)
Roots (1981)
Shine on Harvey Moon (1982–85, 1995)
Relative Strangers (1985–87)
Roll Over Beethoven (1985–86)
The New Statesman (1987–92)
Birds of a Feather (1989–98, 2014–)
Snakes and Ladders (1989)
So You Think You've Got Troubles (1991)
Love Hurts (1992–94)
Get Back (1992–93)
Goodnight Sweetheart (1993–99)
Unfinished Business (1998–99)
Believe Nothing (2002)
Mumbai Calling (2007)

Laurence Marks (born 8 December 1948) is a British sitcom writer and one half of writing duo Marks & Gran, his collaborator being Maurice Gran.


Marks attended Holloway County Grammar School (now Holloway School).[1][2] Prior to becoming a sitcom writer he was a reporter for a local weekly paper, the Tottenham Weekly Herald and, according to information he provided to Who's Who, he was also briefly a staff writer for The Sunday Times in the mid- to late 1970s.[3] Following a chance encounter with comedy writer Barry Took, he and childhood friend Maurice Gran got an opportunity to write a radio show for comedian Frankie Howerd, which led to their becoming full time comedy writers.[4]

Marks subsequently wrote with Gran the TV comedy-drama Shine on Harvey Moon (1982–85, 1995) and the popular sitcoms, The New Statesman (1987–92), Birds of a Feather (1989–98,2014) and Goodnight Sweetheart (1993–99). They are also the authors of Prudence at Number 10, a fictional diary written as though by a P.A. of UK prime minister Gordon Brown. Their theatre works include Dreamboats and Petticoats, Save The Last Dance For Me and Dreamboats and Miniskirts.[1][2]

Marks is an Arsenal fan and wrote the book "A Fan For All Seasons" (1999), a diary of his life as a writer and an Arsenal supporter.

His father was one of over 43 people who died in the Moorgate tube crash of 1975. In 2006 Marks made a documentary for Channel 4 about his father and the crash. At the time of the crash, Marks was a freelance writer and in the documentary he stated that he had spent a year investigating the crash for freelance reports that appeared in The Sunday Times. Rejecting the verdict of accidental death by the coroner's jury and the official in-depth report, Marks advocated his theory that the driver of the train had committed suicide by deliberately crashing the train.[5][6]


  1. ^ Marks and Gran at Camden New Journal. Retrieved 29 January 2015
  2. ^ Laurence Marks at Old Candenians. Retrieved 31 January 2015
  3. ^ Who's Who 2008, A & C Black, ISBN 0-7136-8555-7
  4. ^ Camden New Journal, 10 May 2007. Retrieved 10 February 2009
  5. ^ Me, My Dad and Moorgate, 2006, programme details, BFI. Retrieved 10 February 2009
  6. ^ TV review, The Guardian, 5 June 2006. Retrieved 10 February 2009

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