Michael Billington: Well I just wanted to bring in Ray Cooney, because again he is an example of the popular writer farce. I mean, he's had huge commercial success here and abroad; Run For Your Wife was the classic example of the distressed man with various females popping in and out of various doors etc. Embarrassment, panic, fluster, all those qualities that make for farce. We tend to equate British drama with the high seriousness of the politics and Osbourne and Pinter but there is another level to it and that is the popular level and I think Cooney is a craftsman who needs to be acknowledged.
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