Victor Lewis-Smith dead: broadcaster, writer and satirist dies aged 65

Writer, broadcaster and satirist Victor Lewis-Smith has died at the age of 65.

This was announced by the PR agency Borkowski.

Lewis-Smith died on Saturday (December 12) after a short illness in Bruges, Belgium.

Born in Essex, Lewis-Smith began his career at BBC Radio Medway and then worked as a film, television and radio producer, principally through his production company Associated Rediffusion Productions Limited.

He kept working Spitting image and the short-lived Channel 4 comedy show TV innards.

He was also a food critic and columnist and is a regular contributor to Private detective Since 1993.

In the same year he co-wrote and hosted the BBC sketch show In Victor Lewis-SmithStarring Roger Lloyd Pack, Annette Badland, Moya Brady, Tim Barlow, Nickolas Grace and George Raistrick.

Lewis-Smith was also known for pranking public figures and corporations with hoaxes. In an infamous stunt, he tricked Princess Diana into having a conversation with Professor Stephen Hawking.

Another subject of his pranks was the Jimmy Savile TV show Jim will fix it. The calls were often played during his radio shows, with comics such as Sacha Baron-Cohen citing him as inspiration.

In recent years he has worked as an executive producer on documentaries on themes such as Peter Cook, Peter Sellers, Kenneth Williams and Tony Hancock.

Last year he carried out the production Steve McQueen: The Lost Movie for Sky presented by David Letterman.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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