Shane in July 2011.
|Born||George Frederick Speight
19 June 1940
Thrybergh, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
|Died||16 May 2013
Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England
Early life and career
Shane was born George Frederick Speight in Thrybergh, South Yorkshire, near Rotherham. He was a miner at Silverwood Colliery but slipped on soap in the pit-head baths in 1967, resulting in double herniated discs. He was pensioned from the pit at 27. Two years later, he became a professional entertainer since he already had ten years' experience as a part-time entertainer around the pubs and clubs in South Yorkshire.
His first appearance, as a straight singer, was at the Grafton pub (now demolished) on St. Ann's Road, Rotherham. His first club booking was at St Ann's Club in Rotherham, for 30 shillings (£1.50). His transformation from singer to comedian was gradual, starting with his rendition of Green Green Grass of Home, straight at first, but ultimately a send-up of Tom Jones, which marked the start of the Paul Shane act.
Small parts and guest appearances in television series began throughout the 1970s, and, in May 1979, comedy writer Jimmy Perry spotted Shane playing Frank Roper in a 1979 episode of Coronation Street, and offered him the part of Ted Bovis in his new holiday-camp sitcom, Hi-de-Hi!. The series ran from 1980 until 1988, when Perry and co-writer David Croft wrote the pilot of You Rang, M'Lord? and invited Shane to play Alf Stokes. The show ran until 1993. In 1991, Shane was given his own series, Very Big, Very Soon, but it ended after one series.
Shane also appeared in variety theatre in venues such as Blackpool in 2006, and in pantomime in Jack and the Beanstalk in 2008. In 2008, he was in an episode of the ITV drama series, A Touch of Frost, playing boatsman "Diesel Bob".
Shane died at a hospice in Rotherham on 16 May 2013 after a short period of ill health, aged 72. His three daughters and six grandchildren survive him. His funeral was at Rotherham Minster and attended by colleagues of his Hi-de-Hi days.
|1979 to 1980||Turtle's Progress||Mashcan|
|1980 to 1988||Hi-de-Hi!||Ted Bovis|
|1988 to 1993||You Rang, M'Lord?||Alf Stokes|
|1991||Very Big Very Soon||Harry James|
|1995 to 1997||Oh, Doctor Beeching!||Jack Skinner|
|2008||A Touch of Frost||Diesel Bob|
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