Ted Kavanagh

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Ted Kavanagh (1 March 1892 – 17 September 1958) was a British radio scriptwriter and producer.

Kavanagh was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1892.[1] He initially studied medicine in Edinburgh before pursuing a career as a writer. He became best remembered as the writer of the immensely popular It's That Man Again (ITMA) comedy series which ran for a decade from 1939, it was intentionally devised by Kavanagh, producer Francis Worsley and the comedian Tommy Handley as Handley's specific vehicle; Kavanagh had been writing for him since 1924.

Kavanagh's biography of Handley was published in 1949, the year of the comedian's death and the end of their radio show. A prolific writer, ITMA and his work for Handley constituted only a small proportion of his total oeuvre.

He died in London in September 1958 at the age of 66.[2]

His son was the poet P. J. Kavanagh who described childhood among the 'ITMA characters in his autobiographical The Perfect Stranger (1966).