David Storey (1933-2017) aged 83. Prolific British writer and playwright, Storey - like Alan Sillitoe and John Braine - caught that early 1960s Northern new wave, with his novels like THIS SPORTING LIFE (filmed by Lindsay Anderson n 1963), FLIGHT INTO CAMDEN and SAVILLE. He and Anderson collaborated on several of his plays, I loved HOME in 1970 which I saw twice, with Gielgud and Richardson at their peaks, and also Storey's IN CELEBRATION and THE CHANGING ROOM.
Tim Pigott-Smith (1946-2017) aged 71. Veteran British actor, best known for his leading role in the classic 1984 series THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN, which I have been meaning to re-visit. He was still working with several projects in post-production and was in the current hit BBC production of DECLINE AND FALL. Other roles included in DOWNTON ABBEY, ALEXANDER, FOYLE'S WAR, GANGS OF NEW YORK, BLOODY SUNDAY, THE REMAINS OF THE DAY, MIDSOMER MURDERS and more,