Comedy writing legend Jeremy Lloyd, who brought laughter to millions, died without a penny to his name.
Lloyd gave Britain two of its greatest sitcoms, yet when he passed away aged 84 two days before last Christmas, his estate was actually worth nothing.
Its gross value was £59,218 but once all his outstanding affairs were settled that fell to nil, the probate office has revealed.
The man who wrote Are You Being Served? and ‘Allo ‘Allo had anticipated leaving his estate to wife Lizzie and ex-fiancee actress Charlotte Rampling.
Lloyd, who wed four times, including briefly to actress Joanna Lumley, 69, wrote for Jon Pertwee, Morecambe and Wise, Bruce Forsyth, and Lionel Blair.
But in 1972 he struck comedy gold with for sitcom Are You Being Served?
Set in a department store and drawing on his own experience working in a shop’s menswear section, it was watched by up to 22 million viewers.
It’s staff’s risque humour and double entendres entertained fans for 13 years with running gags about Mrs Slocombe’s pussy and camp Mr Humphries’ catchphrase: “I’m free”.
It also starred Wendy Richard before she found fame in EastEnders.
Up to 17 million viewers watched ‘Allo ‘Allo, which ran for 10 years from 1982, laughing at Second World War French cafe owner Rene Artois (Gorden Kaye) and waitress Yvette (Vicki Michelle).