TV prankster Jeremy Beadle’s grave is falling into disrepair with the inscription barely legible 15 years after his death.
The name on the Beadle’s About, Game For A Laugh and You’ve Been Framed star’s headstone can hardly be read. His epitaph “Just Ask My Friends”, written below, has been lost to time.
The headstone features a stack of books and the label: “Writer, presenter, curator of oddities”. But the TV star’s grave is a sorry sight, with bare ground in front.
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It looks as grubby as century-old graves nearby in Highgate Cemetery, north London. Beadle died aged 59 in 2008 of pneumonia with his wife Sue, children and step-children by his side.
The entertainer had battled leukaemia and kidney cancer. A member of the Friends of Highgate said that stones under trees were more prone to the effects of weathering.
It comes after the former You've Been Framed host Lisa Riley shared her thoughts after it was announced back in February that the show was axed after 33 years on the airwaves. The ITV entertainment programme – which first aired with original host Jeremy Beadle in April in 1990, saw members of the public send in their amusing home videos into the show.
This often included clips of people falling down, animals acting up and hilarious dance routines gone wrong. The once popular show, which had previously seen up to 15million viewers tuning in, has seen the number drop drastically over the years.
Now, the Emmerdale actress, 46, has taken to social media to share her thoughts on the decision to cancel the show. Lisa, who presented the show from 1997 to 2002, shared a throwback snap of her on the show with a lengthy caption.
She wrote: "YOU'VE BEEN FRAMED. I woke up this morning to loads of messages informing me that after many, many, many years 'YBF' is leaving ITV. It does make total sense this decision, as this format is now so readily available on streaming platforms.
"Personally I wanted to say the biggest thank you to the show, for five glorious years, full of non stop, fun-laughter, and to the individual people who taught me so much, for this I’m eternally grateful.
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"The best part of this job was the FANTASTIC crews I worked with year after year. This programme was a terrific learning ground for young adults wanting to make it in TV, and so many of them whom I had the joy of working with, have now gone on to fabulous entertainment programmes in various executive positions, not only in UK but around the world."
The soap star, who is best known for playing Mandy Dingle on Emmerdale, gushed over how grateful she is for the opportunity she was given when she was first given the presenting gig. "Three delicious individuals Nigel Hall for laughter and more laughter, and then a bit more, our joint personalities made my day, and mostly you took a massive chance on me and it paid off," she added.
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