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Harry Thompson also produced non-comedy documentaries for BBC Radio. He made several programmes with writer/presenter Terence Pettigrew, starting with anniversary tributes to Hollywood icons James Dean ( You're Tearing Me Apart) and Montgomery Clift ( I Had The Misery Thursday). Pettigrew and Thompson subsequently worked together on a second series of documentaries, including on national service ( Caught in the Draft), and also about the evacuation of children from major British cities during the Second World War ( Nobody Cried When The Trains Pulled Out). Both programmes were presented by Michael Aspel. [ citation needed] Gaisford, Sue (27 October 1994). "Leader of a tiny, respectable gang: 'Richard Ingrams Lord of the Gnomes' – Harry Thompson". The Independent. Archived from the original on 9 May 2022 . Retrieved 17 September 2012. Thompson's last broadcast work was the Channel 5 sitcom Respectable, on which he finished work the week before he died.  Co-written with Shaun Pye, the programme was set in a suburban brothel and aired in 2006. The Guardian criticised the programme's "woefully old-fashioned, juvenile outlook" and called it "drearily unsophisticated".  The programme was also criticised in some quarters on the grounds that it made light of prostitution.  Other work [ edit ]
A biographer and novelist, Thompson wrote six books: an investigation into the story of The Man in the Iron Mask; a biography of Hergé with a commentary on his Adventures of Tintin series; biographies of Peter Cook and Richard Ingrams; a novel, This Thing of Darkness; and the semi-autobiographical Penguins Stopped Play.In a 2005 episode of Have I Got News For You, featuring Alexander Armstrong as host and Fi Glover and Ian McMillan as guest panellists, a message stating "In Memory of Harry Thompson, the first producer of Have I Got News For You (1960–2005)" was displayed.
blow for deathbed widow of Have I Got News For You writer". The Evening Standard. 23 September 2006 . Retrieved 14 August 2020. Treneman, Ann (24 November 1997). "Not as sweet as she looks". The Independent. Archived from the original on 9 May 2022 . Retrieved 18 September 2012.a b Bennun, David (5 September 2008). "Censorship? How I mourn for Monkey Dust". The Guardian . Retrieved 18 September 2012.