Eric Merriman

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Eric Hugh Peter Merriman (6 December 1924 – 2 June 2003) was a British radio and television writer, who provided material for numerous comedians including Frankie Howerd, Terry Scott and Morecambe and Wise.

Born in Golders Green, the son of musician Percy Merriman, he attended Finchley Catholic High School, where he started writing for Boy Scout magazines and children's annuals. When he left school his first job was as a subeditor on a scout magazine - and he created sketches for the Boy Scout Gang Show. By the early 1940s, he was a caption writer for the Picture Post.

In 1943, he joined the Royal Air Force where he trained as an air gunner/navigator. After the war ended he sold advertising space with the Financial Times, but soon came full-time comedy writing. He wrote, originally with Barry Took and then solo, the radio series Beyond Our Ken, starring Kenneth Horne.[1] He also was a writer for several Terry Scott vehicles, Scott on... and Happy Ever After.

Merriman died in June 2003, aged 78.

He was cremated on 10 June 2003 at Golders Green Crematorium. His ashes lie in section 3-M of the Garden of Remembrance. There is no memorial.[2]


  1. ^ Stevens, Christopher (2010). Born Brilliant: The Life Of Kenneth Williams. John Murray. p. 119. ISBN 1-84854-195-3.
  2. ^ Golders Green Crematorium guide notes

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