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Subject: Lance Percival, star of That Was The Week That Was, dies aged 81

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/10/15 at 12:38 am

Actor Lance Percival, who found fame in classic satire show That Was The Week That Was, has died at the age of 81.

Among his notable film roles were Carry On Cruising, Postman's Knock and Darling Lili.

On TV, he appeared in the late '70s series Shoestring and Citizen James. He also provided the voice for both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in the 1960s cartoon The Beatles.

A notice in The Times said he died on 6 January in London after a long illness.

Born John Lancelot Blades Percival, his television career began performing satirical calypso songs on comedy shows including That Was The Week That Was.

He was later given his own series, The Lance Percival Show and Lance at Large, a 1964 sitcom which also featured Bernard Bresslaw, Gladys Bacon and Eric Barker.

His love of calypso music also saw him release a cover version of Shame and Scandal (in the Family), which reached number 37 in the UK charts in 1965.

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