Two Doors Down creator Simon Carlyle dies, aged 48

TV writer and Two Doors Down co-creator Simon Carlyle has died, aged 48.

Carlyle's manager confirmed his death in a statement. "I am immensely sorry to confirm that Simon Carlyle has died at the age of 48," she said.

"Simon was a wonderful person and a major comedic talent. He was much respected across the industry both for the quality of his writing and for being a kind, funny, supportive and nurturing collaborator."

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The BBC One comedy series, which stars Arabella Weir, Kieran Hodgson and Alex Norton, started life as a one-off special written by Carlyle in 2013.

Two Doors Down was later commissioned for a full series in 2016, and in February this year was renewed for a seventh series.

Jon Petrie, BBC's Director of Comedy Commissioning, was one of many colleagues to pay tribute to Carlyle following his passing.

"Simon was a wonderful comedy talent who, amongst many other credits, co-created and wrote the multi award winning series Two Doors Down," he said in a statement.

"His warm comic voice shone through these characters, garnering huge audience affection, and firmly establishing it as a long-lasting sitcom favourite. Our sympathies are with his family and friends at this difficult time."

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Louise Thornton, Head of Commissioning at BBC Scotland, paid her respects, stating that "all of us at BBC Scotland are deeply saddened to hear this news".

The Two Doors Down production team also remembered the show's co-creator as a "mercurial and magnificent human being".

"He had a microscopic fascination with what makes funny things funnier and we were so lucky to have known him," shared the team in a group statement.

"He was at the centre of all the work we made together and his loss will be felt profoundly by all of us. We send love and support to his family and friends."

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